Conference Programme


Friday 27th October

12:00 – 12:30 Registration (Darwin Conference Foyer)

12:30 – 12:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks (Darwin Conference Rooms)

12:45 – 14:00 Papers 1: Twenty-first Century Horror’s Terrible Places: A Roundtable Discussion
Stacey Abbott (University of Roehampton), Rebecca Janicker (University of Portsmouth) and Lorna Jowett (University of Northampton)

14:00 – 14:30 Coffee Break (Darwin Conference Foyer)

14:30 – 15:45 Papers 2: The Walking Dead (Darwin Conference Rooms)
‘Blood, bullets and tears: An exploration of fan’s emotional bond with AMC’s The Walking Dead.’ – Gerard Gibson (Queen’s University Belfast)
‘The Walking Dead: the affected audience, a digital ethnographic approach’ – Julia Dane (University of East London)
‘The Walking Dead and the Reconfiguration of Horror Across Media’ – Matthew Freeman (Bath Spa University)

15:45 – 16:15 Coffee Break (Darwin Conference Foyer)

16:15 – 17:30 Papers 3: Monsters (Darwin Conference Rooms)
‘The vagina dentata in Stranger Things’ – Daisy Butcher (University of Hertfordshire)
‘The undead mass. On the political value of zombies in contemporary TV series’ – Giuseppe Previtali (University of Bergamo)
‘The Nazi Monster Sub-Plot: A ‘Cinematic’ trope on the Small Screen’ – Abigail Whittall (University of Winchester)

17:30 – 18:30 Wine & Cake reception (Darwin Conference Foyer)

Saturday 28th October
09:45 – 11:00 Keynote Speech – Dr Helen Wheatley (University of Warwick): ‘Haunted landscapes: trauma and grief in the television ghost story’ (GLT1)

11:00 – 11:30 Tea & coffee break (Grimond Foyer)

11:30 – 12:45 Papers 4: Children’s Horror (GLT1)
‘For children only: audience segregation and the success of children’s horror’ – Filipa Antunes (Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities, University of East Anglia)
‘‘Viewer, beware! You’re in for a scare…’ The children’s horror anthology series on North American and British television’ – Catherine Lester (University of Warwick)

11:30 – 12:45 Papers 5: Television and Technology (GLT3)
‘” Exterminate!” The Domestic Setting And The Attack of the Garlic Daleks or the Malevolent Pepperpots: ‘Her Daddy was a Dalek. Her Mummy was a non-stick frying pan.’’ – Carolyn King (University of Kent)
‘Folk Horror in British Television Drama: The Pattern Under the Plough’ – Douglas McNaughton (University of Brighton)
‘The Ghosts and the Machines’ – Cecilia Sayad (University of Kent)

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch (Grimond Foyer)

13:45 – 15:00 Papers 6: The Genre Hybridity of Televisual Horror (GLT1)
‘Not Now Silent Singer! When Black Comedy Turns to Horror’ – Alice Haylett – Bryan (King’s College, London)
‘Navigating Uncertainty: Trouble in Haven’ – Max Sexton (University of Surrey)
‘Ripper Street: Horror, Hybridity and a Most Peculiar Period Drama Or: A little less high tea and Bronte, a little more blood and gore’ – Shellie McMurdo (Roehampton University)

13:45 – 15:00 Papers 7: Televisual Horror and Intertextuality (GLT3)
‘Next Time, Take the Stairs: “The Twilight Zones’ Tower of Terror” as Extended and Immersive Hollywood Horror’ – Ann-Marie Fleming (University of Kent)
‘Binge watching female decay: ‘horrific camp’, women and the small screen’ – Craig Haslop (University of Liverpool)
‘Starting Over at Bates Motel: Remaking Horror on Television’ – Laura Mee (University of Hertfordshire)

15:00 – 15:30 Tea & coffee break (Grimond Foyer)

15:30 – 16:45 Papers 8: Female Narratives (GLT1)
‘”You know ma’am, you just imagine things.” Terror, Technology and the Female Gothic in The Devil’s Vice’ – Frances Kamm (University of Kent)
‘Enchanted but Disenfranchised: A History of the Paranormal Telefilm and Second Wave Feminism’ – Amanda Reyes (Independent Scholar)
‘Home and Hearth? Science, the Gothic and the Female Narrative in Black Mirror’s, Be Right Back’ – Katerina Flint-Nicol (University of Kent)

15:30 – 16:45 Papers 9: The Male in small screen Horror (GLT3)
‘“Sometimes at night I leave the lights on in my little house and walk across the flat fields and when I look back from a distance, the house is like a boat on the sea. It’s really the only time that I feel safe.” Will Graham (Hugh Dancy)’ – Lynn Kozak (McGill University, Montreal)
‘‘My Tiny Hand is Crispy’: Transformation Terror in Three Serials of Tom Baker – era Doctor Who’ – Lawrence Jackson (University of Kent)
‘ “I’m pissed off, and I’m angry and we need your permission to kill someone”: Monstrous Masculinities in Charlie Brooker’s Dead Set (2008)’ – Lauren Stephenson (York St. John’s University)

Sunday 29th October
10:00 – 11:15 Papers 10: Television and Industry (Grimond Lecture Theatre 2)
‘” I’ll set the machine to Slasher Movie, and we’ll leave it at that.” Complex quality, and slasher insanity in Fox’s Scream Queens.’ – Stella Gaynor (University of Salford)
‘The Hauntological Horror of Television After Dark’ – James Riley (University of Cambridge)

10:00 – 11:15 Papers 11: Adaptation (GLT3)
‘“Cover her face, mine eyes dazzle…”: Agatha Christie’s Horrors’– Lies Lanckman (Independent Scholar)
‘Horrific Things: ‘Alien Isolation’ and the Material Confines of Film and Game’ – Merlin Seller (Norwich University of the Arts)
‘“It’s all for you”: Damien’s Appeal to Intertextual Legitimacy’ – Charlotte Stevens (Birmingham City University)

11:15 – 11:45 Tea & coffee break (Grimond Foyer)

11:45 – 13:00 Papers 12: Nostalgia in Horror (GLT2)
‘Piecing Together the Ripper: Quality TV Pastness and Ripper Street’s Whitechapel Universe’ – Caitlin Shaw (Visiting lecturer at The University of Hertfordshire and at Oxford Brookes University)
‘Taboo (BBC 2017), Quality Television and Imperial Gothic’ – Aris Mousoutzanis (University of Brighton)
‘On the Strangeness of Things: The Material History of Uncanny Memory in Stranger Things (2016)’ – Misha Kavka (University of Auckland)

11:45 – 13:00 Papers 13: British Television Horror in the 1970s (GLT3)
‘Folklore: the eerie underbelly of British 1970s folk-horror television?’ – Diane A. Rodgers (Sheffield Hallam University)
‘Haunted landscapes and temporal terrors in 1970s British television horror’ – David Powell (University of Birmingham)
‘The Sacred Demon of Ungovernableness: Visionary Countercultures and Queer Landscapes in David Rudkin’s Penda’s Fen (1974) – Yvonne Salmon (University of Cambridge)

13:00 – 13:30 Final remarks and closing of conference (GLT3)