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“What haunts the digital cul-de-sacs of the twenty-first century is not so much the past as all the lost futures that the twentieth century taught us to anticipate.”
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The past, the present, and the future do not exist in isolation but create a web of continuities. The blurred borders between temporalities, their interlinkages and interdependencies, can be both limiting and empowering to the ways we think about, theorise and imagine possible futures.
Current global cultural, social, political, and environmental challenges contribute to a growing need to question how we frame and engage with heritage. Digital technologies in particular present new opportunities to incorporate the past into projects of the future. These developments provoke a need to reconsider how we preserve artifacts of the past, how different forms of heritage are made available, and how digital technologies will continue to affect the ways the past shapes contemporary and future societies.
This conference invites participants to explore the ever-shifting landscapes and connections between the here and now, our heritage, and our possible futures. We invite contributions from all disciplines within the Arts and Humanities as well as interdisciplinary papers and collaborations as well as creative practice contributions.
This event is open to all. Please register for tickets if you would like to view and participate in live Q&A's with our Keynote speakers.
Dr Jennie Morgan is a Lecturer in Heritage and MSc Heritage Programme Director at the University of Stirling. Trained as a Social Anthropologist, Jennie's
When faced with a proliferation of material things, especially those associated with mass production and mass consumption, what will make it into the
Dr Darren Elliott-Smith is Senior Lecturer in Film and Gender at the University of Stirling. His research focuses on representations of queerness, gender and the body in horror and melodrama film and television and extends to cult and trash cinema and film exhibition, programming and curation and videographic film studies. His monograph Queer Horror Film and Television: Sexuality and Masculinity at the Margins (2016) is published by I.B. Tauris and he has contributed to several edited collections and journals on Queerness, Horror and Melodrama.
This keynote builds upon my previous and current research into the emergence of the New Queer Horror subgenre in film and television (Queer Horror Film and
The central tenet of Queer Horror focuses on supposed aberrations of eroticism, sexuality, and gender. These in turn work to expose and highlight the
This particular keynote, presented in the form of a Video Essay, however, attempts to understand a particular trope of Queer Horror whereby the queer
To demonstrate, the keynote will focus on examples from Queer Horror Film and TV that exemplify Queer Hauntology as a means through which to confront
N.B. Please note this keynote contains references to suicide and may contain some explicit sexual and horrific/violent images and references.
“What remains unlived therefore is incessantly sucked back toward the origin, without ever being able to reach it.”
"But what’s time? How can I explain it? Now. It’s now. And now, it’s now…now is now."
Guardian (Embers, 2015, dir. Claire Carré)
"L’avenir est comme le reste: il n’est plus ce qu’il était. (The future, like everything else, is no longer quite what it used to be)"
"People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion."
"The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there."
L. P. Hartly
"Heritage, and the formally staged experience of encountering the physical traces of the past in the present,
Harrison, R. (2013). "Introduction: Heritage everywhere" Heritage. London: Routledge