Dark Latitudes: Mapping Gothic Sites and Mediums

In recent years, enthusiasm for Gothic Studies has spread worldwide, generating ample research and resulting in local and international academic events. This conference, held for the first time at the University of Costa Rica, pursues two aims: to explore the Gothic tendency through diverse thematic and theoretical angles, and second, to trace the development of a Latin American Gothic.

We are interested in exploring how the Gothic resides, behaves, and is transformed in several mediums such as literature, film, architecture, photography and other forms. Furthermore, we wish to address questions regarding the nature of a regional, Latin American Gothic. Can we talk about certain characteristics that conform a Latin American version, which indeed set it apart from other manifestations of this tendency in other regions of the world? Is it even possible to address this topic, when the label “Latin American” is in itself so difficult to harness and define?
This is a multidisciplinary conference. Proposals for papers may address, but not be limited to the following topics:
Gothic through literature
Gothic and literary theory
Gothic and art: painting, photography, architecture
Film and Gothic
Male, female, and queer Gothic
Latin American Gothic
Goth (sub?)culture in Latin America


All of the abstracts and final papers should be written in English, with the exception of studies dealing with Latin American Gothic. However, we will be recommending the publication of outstanding papers in Spanish in the Revista de Lenguas Modernas, even though we will not participate directly in the editorial process for papers in this language.
General inquiries should be directed to the conference organizers: Dr. Ilse Bussing,
M.L. Anthony López Get, and postgraduate assistant, Susana Monge.

Contact Details: gothic.conference.ucr@gmail.com


Abstracts of 250 words should be submitted to gothic.conference.ucr@gmail.com by August 1, 2013. The abstract should also include a 50-word biographical note and audiovisual requests. There will be a selection of the best papers to be published as a special edition. Therefore, we ask that the final and complete papers be sent to the above address by October 1, 2013. We will be emailing the guidelines for the final document at a later date.