IGA Conference

The IGA holds an international conference every two years. Past plenary speakers have included Xavier Aldana Reyes, Steven Bruhm, Justin Edwards, Jerrold E. Hogle, Karen MacFarlane, David Punter, Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet, Catherine Spooner and Victor Sage.

As well as intellectual stimulation, our conferences offer great networking opportunities with academics, practitioners, publishers, and anyone with a serious interest in gothic studies and practices. These events are also tremendous fun; conference-related events have included a masque ball, a tour round Horace Walpole’s house at Strawberry Hill, many a Goth disco, and a Magic Lantern Show.

Since 1991 the conference has been sponsored by members’ host institutions from all over Europe and North America; as we expand and welcome new members worldwide, we look forward to receiving conference proposals from members based anywhere in the world. When considering your proposals, the Executive Committee takes into consideration:

  • suitability of location
  • support to be offered by the host university (administrative and financial)
  • membership history of the potential host member
  • cost of transport and residence for delegates

List of Previous Conferences

University of East Anglia, England

University of Stirling, Scotland

Strawberry Hill, St. Mary’s University, London, England

Mount St. Vincent University (Halifax, Canada): Gothic Spirits, Gothic Flesh

Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada: Gothic Cults and Gothic Cultures

Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, England: Gothic Ex/Changes

Montreal University, Montreal, Canada (held in cooperation with NASSR): Deviance and Defiance

Université de Provence Aix en Provence, France: Gothic N.E.W.S.

Lancaster University, England: Monstrous Media/Spectral Subjects

University of Heidelberg, Germany: Gothic Limits/Gothic LTD

University of Surrey, Guildford, England: Gothic Technologies/Techniques

Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada: Gothic Migrations

Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Cholula, Mexico: Gothic Traditions and Departures

Manchester Metropolitan University, England (Frankenstein Anniversary Conference): Gothic Hybridities

Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois, US: Gothic Terror, Gothic Horror

Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland: Gothic Interruptions

Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax, Canada: Gothic Trans/Iterations

Future Conference Host?

Interested in hosting an IGA conference in the future? Please email your expressions of interest to info@globalgoth.org

Bursary Opportunities

The Association provides financial help for postgraduate students giving papers at the conference. Keep an eye on the website and social media for our competitive bursary opportunities!