The Centre for the History of the Gothic has just launched its website which can be accessed here: http://www.sheffieldhistoryofthegothic.group.shef.ac.uk/ The Centre was established in June 2014 and brings together colleagues working across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities who have research interests in the Gothic.
The Centre aims to provide a focal point for PhD research on the Gothic from the eighteenth century to the present day, and to host conferences of international significance. The Centre hosted the ‘Radcliffe at 250’ conference in June 2014, and has secured a guest edited special issue of the journal Women’s Writing (Taylor & Francis) dedicated to Radcliffe’s work which will be published in August 2015. In June 2016 the Centre will co-host the cross-Centre conference ‘Summer of 1816: Creativity and Turmoil’: https://1816conference.wordpress.com/
The Centre includes a very active group of PhD students who organise a popular cross-Faculty reading group: http://sheffieldgothicreadinggroup.blogspot.co.uk/. PhD students have also collaborated on a number of research projects including the recent ‘Reimagining the Gothic’ symposium: http://sheffieldgothicreadinggroup.blogspot.co.uk/p/reimagining-the.html. The Centre therefore provides an important support for PhD students and encourages collaborative initiatives for which Faculty funding is available. The Centre welcomes PhD applications and applicants can apply for full scholarship funding from the White Rose College (an AHRC supported doctoral partnership scheme that allocates 60 scholarships a year and which brings together the universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York). The Gothic research interests of members of the Centre can be found here: http://www.sheffieldhistoryofthegothic.group.shef.ac.uk/index.php/staff-and-students/. However, before approaching a member of staff please contact one of the Centre’s directors.
The Centre includes members with internationally recognised standing in the area of Gothic studies and is directed by the current co-president of the International Gothic Association (IGA) and the most recent past co-president of the IGA. Members of the Centre have published widely on the Gothic and edit three book series which support research into the Gothic, including the multi-award winning ‘Gothic Literary Studies’ http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/series/CYMRU-GLS.html ‘Gothic Authors: Critical Revisions’ http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/series/CYMRU-GACR original viagra 100mg.html and the ‘Edinburgh Companions to the Gothic’ http://www.euppublishing.com/series/edcg.
The Centre actively engages with the local community and has run projects with schools and a BFI sponsored film series with the independent cinema, the Showroom. A current Arts Enterprise supported project brings together colleagues working at the universities of York, Leeds, Hull and Lancaster with representatives from the heritage sector. This ‘Gothic tours’ project has led to the creation of an online ‘Gothic map’ of places for the Gothically-minded tourist to visit in Derbyshire and Yorkshire, which will soon be made accessible on the Centre’s website.
If you have any queries about the Centre, or would like to get involved in our activities then please contact the Centre’s directors via the Centre website.
Dr Andrew Smith
Professor Angela Wright