Aesthetics and Archetypes Keynotes

Sheffield Gothic are excited to announce that we will have two very special keynotes: Professor Catherine Spooner (Lancaster University) on Friday 26th and Kieron Gillen (Image Comic/Marvel Comics) on Saturday 27th.

Professor Catherine Spooner’s particular research interests incorporate Gothic literature, film, and popular culture, and fashion and costume in literature and film, within the broader spectrum of Victorian and contemporary literature and culture. Her latest book Post-Millennial Gothic: Comedy, Romance and the Rise of Happy Gothic, was published by Bloomsbury in February 2017. The book was the outcome of a 9-month AHRC Research Fellowship and explores such phenomena as the perennial revival of Gothic style on the high street, the advent of the sparkly vampire, and Gothic tourism in Whitby, in relation to developments in twenty-first century subcultures.Catherine is currently working on a cultural history of the white dress in Gothic literature and film, and on the cultural afterlife of the Lancashire witches.

Sheffield Gothic are great fans of Professor Spooner’s work and we are honoured to welcome her to this years Reimagining the Gothic.

Kieron Gillen is a comic book writer, perhaps best known for his creator-owned series Phonogram and The Wicked + The Divine (both co-created with artist, Jamie McKelvie.) Kieron has also written for Marvel Comics, with runs on X-Men and his acclaimed turns on Young Avengers and Journey Into Mystery as well as the recent Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra and ongoing Star Wars comic.

Elements of the Gothic literary tradition, aesthetic style and music permeate much of Kieron’s work, and as the creator of the infamous #NoneMoreGoth hashtag we’re delighted to have him join us as our creative keynote.


Stay tuned for more details nearer the event!