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. Co-Directed by Justin D Edwards (Professor of Gothic Studies) and Timothy Jones (Lecturer in Gothic Studies), the Centre is home to the MLitt in the Gothic Imagination and runs a series of events throughout the year developing and showcasing Gothic research at Stirling and around the world.


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The Directors for the International Centre for Gothic Studies are Justin D Edwards (Professor of Gothic Studies) and Timothy Jones (Lecturer in Gothic Studies). Their Joint Directorship speaks to the collaborative focus of the Centre which seeks to bring together scholars across the University who are undertaking work on Gothic Studies. 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.

The Centre also provides a home for the MLitt in Gothic Studies. This programme has developed out of the world-leading research in Gothic Studies at Stirling through international conferences and world-leading Gothic research projects such as Global Gothic, Writing Britain’s Ruins, as well as Popular Occulture in Britain, 1875-1947.




Ann Davies Chair in Spanish
Rebecca Duncan Tutor in English
Justin D Edwards Chair in Gothic Studies
Christine Ferguson Chair in English
Matthew Foley Lecturer in English
Kelly Gardner Tutor in English
Timothy Jones Lecturer in Gothic Studies
Fanny Lacote PhD Candidate
Peter Lindfield Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Stuart Lindsay Tutor in English
Benjamin E. Noad PhD Candidate

November 2016

We are delighted to invite applications for fully-funded PhDs on Gothic-related subjects through the AHRC’s Doctoral Training Partnership in Scotland. Doctoral scholarships are part of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities. Closing date is 30th November 2016.

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. The next meeting will be Wednesday, November 23 at 4pm in room C22 when we will be discussing North American Lake Monsters. If you’d like to suggest a text for us to consider please get in touch (