Events Calendar
May 2 - May 3
09:00 - 16:30
Technology, Women and Gothic-Horror On-Screen
Gothic Feminism Confererence

Gothic Feminism is a research project based at the University of Kent which seeks to re-engage with theories of the Gothic and reflect specifically upon the depiction of the Gothic heroine in film. The project raises questions of representation, interpretation and feminist enquiry in relation to the Gothic heroine throughout film history including present day incarnations. This project illuminates the concerns, contradictions and challenges posed by the Gothic heroine on-screen.

Thursday 2nd May

09:00 – 09:30 Registration 

09:30 – 9:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks 

9:45 – 11:00 Keynote Speech – Dr Lisa Purse (University of Reading) 

11:00 – 11:30 Tea & coffee break 

11:30 – 13:00 Papers 1: Technology of the Gothic and Horror 

  • 'Controlling the Gaze?: Potentials, Problems and Responsibilities of Audio-Visual Research in a Feminist Context' – Gabriela Zogall (University of Birmingham)
  • '"Come on. It'll be just like in the movies. We'll pretend to be someone else": Female Identity Behind the Screen in David Lynch's L.A. Trilogy' – Olivia Steen (University of Hertfordshire)
  • 'Gothic Melodrama and Technicolor Design: Gender, Class and the Architecture of a House' – Liz Watkins (University of Leeds) 

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch 14:00 – 15:30 Papers 2: Automata

  • 'Of Disobedient Machines and Damsels in Distress: Technology and Gothic Feminism in Westworld' – Elizabeth Mullen (Université de Bretagne Occidentale) 
  • '"Like a Real Girl": Gaze, Gender, and Gothically Haunted Humanoid Inventions, Especially in the Blade Runner films and Ex Machina' – Gisèle M. Baxter (University of British Columbia)
  • 'Ex Machina's Gothic: Science-fiction, Synthespians and Special Effects' – Frances A. Kamm (University of Kent)

15:50 – 16:00 Tea & coffee break 16:00 – 18:00 Papers 3: Videographic work

  • 'Bio-Toxic Relationships and the Southern Gothic – Being a Man, Being a Woman and Being a Monster in Resident Evil: Biohazard' – Richard Sheppard (University of Wales) 
  • Pandemic – John Bradburn 

18:00 – 19:00 Cake and wine reception

Friday 3rd May 

09:30 – 11:00 Papers 4: Technology in the Gothic and Horror

  • 'Female Labour and Algorithmic Horror in Cam' – Matt Denny (University of Warwick)
  • 'Intermediality and Gender in the First Teen Slasher Black Christmas' – Morten Feldtfos Thomsen (Karlstad University) 
  • '"Do you think I am an automaton?": Captain Janeway and the Gothic Holodeck' – Lies Lanckman (University of Kent)

11:00 – 11:30 Tea & coffee break 11:30 – 13:00 Papers 5: Identity

  • 'The Eyes Have It: Gendered Tension Between Sight, Technology and Spanish National Identity in Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza's REC (2007) and Alejandro Amenábar's Tesis(1996)' – Rebecca Wynne-Walsh (Trinity College Dublin)
  • 'The Technology of Mommy: Ugly Feelings and the Uncanny in The Babadook, Goodnight Mommy, and Hereditary– Johanna M. Wagner (Østfold University College) 
  • '"Want": Vagina Dentata, Automation and Feminist Desire in Teeth's Reviews' – Katherine Farrimond (University of Sussex) 

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch 14:00 – 16:00 Papers 6: Gothic Ghosts

  • '"Take me back to the old house". Memory, Trauma and Scepticism: The Awakening and the Female Ghost Hunter' – Katerina Flint-Nicol (University of Kent)
  • 'I Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts: Paranormal Investigations and their Implications for the Feminine Victorian Gothic– Linda Sheppard (University of East Anglia) 
  • 'Consumption Horror: Re-presentation and the Abstract Disease' – Lexi Turner (Independent Scholar) 

16:00 – 16:30 Final remarks and closing of conference

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