Keynote Speakers

Dark Sound: Being and Timbre in Gothic
Prof Isabella van Elferen (Kingston University London)

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Isabella van Elferen is Full Professor of Music at Kingston University London. She publishes on Gothic music and culture, film and television music, video game music, music philosophy, and baroque sacred music. Her books are Goth Music: From Sound to Subculture (2015, with Jeffrey Weinstock), Gothic Music: The Sounds of the Uncanny (2012, winner of the Alan Lloyd Smith Prize), Mystical Love in the German Baroque: Theology – Poetry – Music (2009), and Nostalgia or Perversion? Gothic Rewriting from the Eighteenth Century until the Present Day (ed. 2007). Isabella is currently finalising a new book on tone colour, Timbre: Aesthetics of Vibration.

Isabella is Director of the Visconti Studio, an analogue studio based at Kingston University London endorsed by Kingston’s Visiting Professor and living legend Tony Visconti. She is Director of Research of the School of Performing and Screen Studies at Kingston University, and First Vice-President of the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA), editor for The Soundtrack, member of the advisory board of Horror Studies and Aeternum, and guest editor for Journal for the Fantastic in the Arts (2013), Horror Studies (2016) and Contemporary Music Review (2016). She is member of the Advisory Panel of the EC-funded project Europeana Sound and member of the AHRC-funded network Music-based Games, Creativity and Music Education.

 

 

Duppy vs Ghost, Obeah vs Witchcraft: Dueling Folklore in Black Diasporic Gothic Fiction
Prof Maisha Wester (Indiana University Bloomington)

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Maisha Wester is an Associate Professor in American Studies, and African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University.  She writes on Black Diasporic Gothic Literature, American Horror Film Studies, and the Gothic in American political discourses.  She is the author of African American Gothic: Screams from Shadowed Spaces (Palgrave) as well as numerous essays, including “Slave Narratives and Slave Revolts,” in The Palgrave Handbook of Southern Gothic, “Torture Porn and Uneasy Feminisms: Re-thinking (Wo)men in Eli Roth’s Hostel Films” in Dread of Difference: Gender and the Horror Film, “Text as Gothic Murder Machine: The Cannibalism of Sawney Bean and Sweeney Todd,” in Technologies of the Gothic in Literature and Culture: Technogothics, and “Southern Horrors and Black Gothic” forthcoming in Box of Bones.  In addition to co-editing two collected volumes, she is at work on a monograph Voodoo Queens and Zombie Lords: Haiti in American Horror Cinema.

 

 

A Trail of Bread Crumbs to Follow: Gothic Rewritings of ‘Hansel and Gretel’, from Angela Carter to Mariana Enríquez
Prof Aurora Piñeiro (National Autonomous University of Mexico – UNAM)

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Aurora Piñeiro is an Associate Professor in the English Literature Department at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where she teaches seminars on gothic literature in English, the postmodern novel in English, contemporary Anglo-Irish narrative and XXth century literature in English. She is the author of El gótico y su legado en el terror: una introducción a la estética de la oscuridad (Gothic  Literature and its Legacy in Terror: An Introduction to the Aesthetics of Darkness), to be launched in January 2017 (UNAM), as well as numerous articles, including “La oscuridad líquida en las páginas de Susan Hill” in Anuario de Letras Modernas Vol. 19, ‘“No vengas al país de los ríos”: la escritura de Inés Arredondo y la estética de la oscuridad’ in Badebec. Revista del Centro de Estudios de Teoría y Crítica Literaria, “El museo de los monstruos, el circo y la cárcel de mujeres en Nights at the Circus, de Angela Carter” in Memorias del VI Congreso Internacional de Ciencias, Artes y Humanidades. La ciencia y la tecnología en las prácticas corporales, “Seres inacabados, cosidos o cadavéricos: la estética del cuerpo en la obra de Tim Burton” en La piel en la palestra: estudios corporales II,  “La reescritura de ‘La Bella Durmiente’ en The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman, de Angela Carter” en Anuario de Letras Modernas Vol. 15, “Tiene la noche una falena entre cristales: la cuentística de Guadalupe Dueñas” en Guadalupe Dueñas. Después del silencio, “Carson McCullers: una escritura bajo la luz del relámpago” en Transgótico: de la literatura al cine, “Frankenstein or the Immortal Anguish” en HUSSE PAPERS 2003 (Literature and Culture).

Aurora is member of the Editorial Board of Poligrafías. Revista de teoría literaria y literatura comparada, member of IASIL (International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures) and, since January 2016, Head of the English Department at UNAM.

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