The North East Irish Culture Network (NEICN) in association with the Department of Culture at The University of Sunderland presents:
Celtic Gothic: Degeneration and Regeneration
Please note, this year's conference has been canceled due to recent changes affecting many Universities. We are aiming instead to combine it with the next yearly Spectral Visions event to be held in June 2014.
‘There is’ according to Alan Bissett: ‘something/someone/somebody that haunts the fringes of the Scottish imagination…perhaps the whisper of history, pain, feudalism, legend, all or none of these things, but undoubtedly Scotland’s is a fiction haunted by itself, one in a perpetual state of Gothicism’. As numerous scholars have argued, the same applies to Ireland, ‘a country of monsters, where human kind, like evil demons drank human blood, and lived on the marrow of dead men’s bones’ (the Nation 5th February 1848). The ‘Gothicism’ of the Celtic peripheries is symptomatic of a history of unresolved issues and unfinished business, littered with the detritus left by the colonial storm of progress; a cryptic palimpsest of ellipses and silences from which ancestral voices cry out for retribution and reprisal, and the silenced Celtic bogeyman threatens to contaminate the present with his primitive, anachronistic return.
Following the success of the previous ten international Irish and Scottish Studies conferences, this year NEICN, in association with The University of Sunderland, invites papers for an interdisciplinary conference, which will run from 22nd to 24th November 2013.
Following the interdisciplinary nature of the conference we welcome proposals from the areas of:
Each session will include three or four 20-minute presentations each followed by discussion. A selection of the accepted papers will be subsequently published in the conference proceedings.
LENGTH: Papers should not exceed 2000 words / 20 minutes’ delivery.
DEADLINES Enquiries and submissions (name, affiliation, title of contribution, and abstract of no more than 200 words) should be submitted by 30th September 2013 to:
Mr Colin Younger (NEICN Manager)
Staff and students from the faculty:
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