International Centre for Gothic Studies

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Since 1988, the University of Stirling has been a world-leading research hub for the study of Gothic literature and culture. For thirty years, Stirling has been hosting major conferences such as the International Gothic Association; Globalgothic: Technology, Media, Horror; Scottish Gothic, 1764-Present, as well as the Patrick McGrath Symposium. Since 2008, Stirling has also been home to several international AHRC-funded research projects, including Global Gothic, Writing Britain’s Ruins, and Popular Occulture in Britain, 1875-1947.  

In 2017, Stirling consolidated this research by founding the International Centre for Gothic Studies. This multi-disciplinary research centre brings together leading scholars in Gothic Studies working in and across a range of disciplines at the University of Stirling.


For queries about the Centre or about postgraduate study in Gothic Studies please contact 


Colleagues in the Division of Literature and Languages were very sad to hear of the sudden and tragic death of Professor Justin Edwards. Justin had been Chair of Gothic Studies in our Division since September 2016. He was highly regarded by students and was always generous with colleagues. He will be sorely missed.

A full list of affiliated colleagues is provided below and gives some sense of the diverse areas in which we can offer expert postgraduate supervision at both taught and research levels.




Ann Davies Chair in Spanish
Rebecca Duncan Tutor in English
Elizabeth Ezra Chair in Culture and Cinema
Christine Ferguson Chair in English
Timothy Jones Lecturer in Gothic Studies
Peter Lindfield Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Stuart Lindsay Tutor in English
Madelyn Schoonover PhD Candidate
Sonja Zimmermann PhD Candidate

News and Calendar

Gothic Reading Group

The International Centre for Gothic Studies at Stirling runs a staff/student Gothic Reading Group. It is intended to provide a space for staff and postgraduate students reading Gothic fiction, theory and criticism in different disciplinary contexts to get together and discuss ideas and issues of shared concern. If you’d like to suggest a text for us to consider please get in touch (

The following events will feature in the Gothic REF ICS:

  • Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination Exhibition at the British Library
  • Gothic Pasts, Gothic Futures: A Symposium, University of Stirling