For an event that began life as a half-baked idea discussed on a train station bench, it’s astounding how “Reimagining the Gothic” has grown. Now in its second year, “Reimaginings” has expanded to include participants from all over the UK and beyond, and has inspired the development of a number of websites, networks, and other Gothic resources.
But whilst we would love to take all the credit for how quickly “Reimaginings” has taken off, it really is down to our amazing contributors. We actually do relatively little besides facilitate and promote the fantastic research our contributors create. This year we were able to expand “Reimagining the Gothic” into a two day event, separating the symposium and the showcase. We were fortunate to receive a number of diverse and unique abstracts, which proved to be fascinating papers on everything from vampiric trees to pop up books. At our showcase, we were able to host papers accompanied by dramatic readings and audio-visual presentations alongside creative projects. We even featured a book launch!
The Gothic has always been a genre, form and area of academic focus that has invited and encouraged us to look beyond the traditional, to reconsider and (forgive me) reimagine culture and society. With “Reimagining the Gothic”, we aimed to create an event that bought academics together with artists and to break the boundaries between academia and the public. With this year’s Reimagining the Gothic: Monsters and Monstrosities, we demonstrated the real scope and potential within the Gothic for new conversations and perspectives.
For us at Sheffield Gothic, it was an honour to host so many fantastic speakers and presenters- I can only hope that next year we can continue our quest for total world domination!