Gothic and Uncanny Explorations

An interdisciplinary international conference

Wednesday 10 September – Friday 12 September 2014

Karlstad University, Sweden

Call for Papers

The gothic, as a mode or genre, has become an increasingly widespread and noticeable cultural phenomenon during the last few decades. There is also a great interest in the closely related concept of the uncanny in a number of different contexts. In addition to playing a larger role in academia, the gothic and the uncanny have been integrated in our everyday vocabulary and thinking in recent years.

This conference will explore and analyze new developments of and cultural, academic, and historical trends related to the gothic and the uncanny; we want to scrutinize transformations and meanings in different contexts. We welcome paper or presentation proposals that deal with either the gothic or the uncanny, as well as those that examine the two together.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

Popular culture
Postcolonial perspectives
Transnational gothic
Fiction for children and young adults
The body
Fictional violence
The monstrous
Cultural anxieties

Theoretical considerations


Please send proposals for 20-minute papers or presentations to and by 9 June 2014. Proposals should be max. 250 words. We look forward to receiving your proposal.


Registration is now open:


Accommodation: See Pdf with hotels, conference rates, and booking codes posted to the right. Please be aware that hotel rooms are scarce during the time of the conference due to other events, which is why we have had to look for rooms in a number of different hotels. All of the hotels and hostels listed are located down town in Karlstad. There are no hotels close to Karlstad University, but there are good bus connections between central Karlstad and the university.


(Posted 13 August) Hotel accommodation is still available until 17 August at:

Clarion Hotel Plaza, can be booked by tphn 46 54 100 200 or e-mail state booking code Karlstads universitet

Carlstad City Hostel, can be booked by tphn 46 54 21 65 60 or e-mail state booking code Karlstad University