On Thursday 7th November, the University of London, Institute of English Studies is hosting a one day research conference in association with the Centre for Contemporary Literature, Birkbeck, exploring the “weird literary tradition and the many facets of weird writing”.
They write: “Until recently weird fiction, if acknowledged at all, was usually considered to be a marginal mode in the already lowly Gothic tradition – less a genre than a particular affect. In the last ten years, however, it has come to be regarded as a separate and distinct form with an increasingly important role to play in the theory of popular genre. The debate has broadened its scope to perceive and explore connections with discourses, literary traditions and cultures not previously associated with the Weird.”
The Weird conference, 7/8 November, features both an evening of ‘weird readings’, including M. John Harrison reading a new short story, and an academic symposium on weird fiction, including contributions from S.T. Joshi, Roger Luckhurst ,K.J. Bishop, Hal Duncan, Helen Marshall, Lisa L. Hannett, and John Clute. In addition Robert Kingham will be giving a talk on Bloomsbury’s strange past and present, and there will be weird sonics from The Asterism. Full programme and registration details are available here: