Rocky horror university: Centre for 'gothic studies' opens in Manchester
Academics to stare into the void at Manchester Metropolitan University. Will the void stare back?
Friday 25 October 2013
Academics drawn to the dark side have established a centre dedicated to studying all things gothic in Manchester.
The Centre for Gothic Studies at the Manchester Metropolitan University brings together professors from a wide variety of disciplines that all have "strong interests in the Gothic", according to the website.
The Centre for Gothic Studies is the first of its kind to incorporate a multi-disciplinary approach to the study. Academics from across the university will arise in the mornings to feast together on the many forms of the Gothic "as it manifests itself in a range of literary, filmic, televisual and popular cultural texts".
“The public interest in the Gothic has never been greater,” explains Dr Linnie Blake, the director of the new centre and an internationally renowned expert on horror cinema.
“But it isn't simply a popular mode of entertainment. It is a powerful form of storytelling that tells us something about our deepest and darkest fears, about who we are as people and how our society works.”
As well as offering an MA course, the centre will produce an open access journal, entitled Dark Arts: An Online Journal of Gothic Studies.
“It will be fully peer-reviewed and will offer an opportunity for both established and early career academics as well as postgraduate students to publish,” says Dr Blake.
The journal will comment on current trends in the genre as well as providing details of upcoming events. The first issue will be released in autumn 2014.
The Gothic Manchester Festival running this week is allowing the public to pick the experts’ brains, so to speak, at a number of talks and workshops. There was even a zombie pub quiz, which was a “storming success”, says Dr Blake. “It pulled in participants from across the city whose expertise in all things zombie outstripped even our own!”
While the city may currently be infected with a taste for the darker topics during the course of the festival, the centre will continue to corrupt the public with various engagements that will run year round. Those at the centre aim to "bring the dark delights of Gothic culture to a wider non-specialist audience".
The Centre for Gothic Studies will allow students to study the dark side in whatever form it might appear. Its engagement with the wider Manchester community will enable the pubic to keep a stake in the heart of the genre that has swept the nation.
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
- 3 Russian girl takes her own life after parents find pornography on her computer
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
£20000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly reputable business is looking to rec...
£23500 - £25000 per annum + Training: Ashdown Group: Graduate Data analyst/Sys...
£16000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Graduate Account Manager is r...
£18k + Uncapped Commission (£60k Y1 OTE): Guru Careers: A Graduate Account Man...