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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!