Call for Talks, Classes and Workshops

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Hello all!

It’s that time of year when one has to start planning for the next year… I started ‘Romancing the Gothic’ in March with the desire to do a class on something I love and it’s grown into an international project and platform offering free classes to anyone who wants to join and a platform for voices from all over the world.

Do you want to share your work with others? Take part in an international project? Get some teaching or presenting practice? Build up your CV? Get back in the academic saddle? There’s even a little bit of money involved. We survive entirely on donations but there’s a kitty to provide a small fee for speakers and we encourage donations to individual speakers.

Give a Talk with Us – The Options

We want speakers from all stages of their academic career and from other fields. Expertise obviously doesn’t just live in the academy! There are three options:)

  1. Creative workshops in our monthly Days of Creation (1 hr – writing, art, fashion, film…)
  2. 2 x the same 1 hr concentrated classes on Sundays (focused on a text, author or very specific area). This option is also perfect if you’re building confidence or have less experience (or you just want to concentrate your talk!)
  3. 3. 2 x 2hr talk on a Saturday (general overview, in depth wide study, interactive class)

These are classes which include a talk in one or more sections, discussion and the chance for questions. I run the zoom room (fear not!) and I offer support in advance with whatever you need as well as doing pre-class tech checks.

Sending a Pitch

Please send a title and a brief summary (100-300 words – this is a guide, don’t worry if you’re under or over) of your proposed talk or workshop to

Topic Options

We’ve had a lot of specific topics requested (listed below) but we’re interested in any of your work that stands someone in the vague vicinity of the Gothic/Horror/Dark folklore/the Demonic. Check out our timetables for examples of previous classes or contact me if you’re not sure whether your talk is Goth enough (it will be!)

So many options - Script Kitty | Meme Generator

Gothic and Fairy-tales

Gothic opera

Gothic Musicals

Gothic Music

Folk music and the Gothic/Horror

Body Horror



Contemporary Gothic

Animals in Gothic/Horror

Haunted Houses

Hauntings (outside the house)

Demonic Representation

Sherlock Holmes

The Brontes

Gothic/Horror parodies/satire

True crime



Gothic Theologies

Different Demonologies

Science and the Gothic




Queer Gothic

German Gothic

Russian Gothic

Northern Gothic

American Gothic

Latin American Gothic

Mexican Gothic

French Gothic

Polynesian Gothic

Hawaiian Gothic

Micronesian Gothic

Egyptian Gothic

Gothic in the Caribbean

Japanese Horror/Gothic Fiction

Gothic Shakespeare

Gothic Philosophy

Gothic Fashion

Botanical Gothic


Gothic and Science Fiction

Women in the Gothic

Gaslight Fiction

Artic Exploration

Marine Gothic

Post-colonial and Decolonial readings of the Gothic

Jewish Gothic

Southern Gothic

Fin-De-Siecle Gothic

Gothic Histories

Gothic Architecture

Gothic Romance

Paranormal Romance

Children’s Gothic

Horror Romance

Horror film

Gothic Short Stories

DC Comics and the Gothic/Horror


M R James


Toni Morrison

Daphne Du Maurier

Patrick McGraph

Edgar Allan Poe

Rebecca Roanhorse

Published by SamHirst

This started off as a story blog to share the little fictions that I like to write but it's turned into something a bit more Goth! I'm Dr Sam Hirst and I research the Gothic, theology and romance and at the moment I'm doing free Gothic classes online! We also have readalongs, watchalongs and reading groups. And I post fun little Gothic bits when I have the chance. Find me on twitter @RomGothSam

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