RtG’s Second Conference – My Wild Heart Bleeds: 150 years of Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla

This year’s Romancing the Gothic conference celebrates the ‘birth’ of Carmilla, one of the most enduring vampiric figures, re-written an re-imagined over the years in fiction, film, web-series, podcasts, animated series and RPGs. This conference focuses on and celebrates Carmilla and its legacy, particularly the sapphic reclamation and queer celebration of its main character.

This conference will take place on-line on 3rd September and welcomes creative and critical papers on a range of topics connected to Carmilla, including:

Sheridan Le Fanu and his wider writings and legacy

The history of the (female) vampire

The queer Gothic and horror

Adaptations and reiminagings of Carmilla

Gothic reimaginings

Gothic explorations of love and desire

The sapphic vampire

The sapphic Gothic

Queering the vampire

Sexuality in Victorian literature

Queer desire and transgression

Queering the supernatural

The Gothic and romance

As usual with a Romancing the Gothic conference, there will be extra events including author roundtables, workshops and a social event. Keep your eye peeled for news.

We are accepting panel and individual paper proposals. There are two types of paper

10 minute ‘Lightning talk’ – This is a short talk to introduce a theme, or area of research or interest.

20 minute paper – This is a 20 minute paper on a topic of your choice. There are three talks to a panel, and you may submit an individual paper or panel proposal.

Please submit a 150-250 word abstract with short bio to sam@romancingthegothic.com by 01/06/2022 (1st June).

We welcome papers from both academics and non-academics with expertise of any type in the fields indicated above (critical, creative, professional, personal). For those who are unfamiliar with writing abstracts and academic conference applications, there will be a zoom tutorial to answer any questions on April 4th. Please email with a request for the link if you would like to join.

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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