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American Horror Story Symposium - UEA

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American Horror Story – A Symposium

University of East Anglia (Arts Building , Room 2.84)

Friday the 13th of September 2019

Convened by Professor Richard Hand (UEA) & Professor Mark O’Thomas (Greenwich)



Over eight seasons since 2011, American Horror Story (AHS) has continued to push the boundaries of the televisual form in new and exciting ways. Emerging in a context which has seen a boom in popularity for horror series on television, AHS has distinguished itself from its ‘rivals’ such as The Walking Dead, Bates Motel or Penny Dreadful through its diverse strategies and storylines which have seen it explore archetypal narratives of horror culture as well as engaging with genuine history. Utilising a repertory company model for its casting, the show has challenged issues around contemporary politics, heteronormativity, violence on the screen, and disability to name but a few. Papers across a range of disciplines are sought that might include theatre and performance studies, horror studies, queer studies, television studies, cultural studies, musicology, narratology, and gothic studies among others.


Intellect Publishers (Journal of Popular Television, Horror Studies, Journal of Fandom Studies) will be represented with journals available to delegates to the symposium.

A post-symposium gala dinner will be available at the Maids Head Hotel, the UK's oldest (and reputedly most haunted) hotel in the heart of Norwich. Before that there will be a private guided tour of some of Norwich's most mysterious locations by the Norwich Ghost Walk Company. Please let us know if you are available to attend either event so we can an idea of numbers and take pre-orders and dietary requirements for the gala dinner.

http://www.ghostwalksnorwich.co.uk/

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ARRIVAL AND CHECK IN 8:30 – 9:30



PANEL 1 – FICTIONS AND REALITIES 9:30 – 11:00


Richard Hand

‘I’m really not trying to be cheesy in this moustache twisty way, but it gets really bad. Things that you can’t even really imagine…’ (Sarah Paulson): American Horror Story and the Horror Ensemble Paradigm


Mark O’Thomas

The American Horror Story Repertory Company and the Evisceration of Liberalism.


Ozge Kirli

kirliozge@gmail.com

I Don’t Know What Is Real Anymore: Blurring The Border Between Real Life Events and TV Shows’ Representations in American Horror Story: Cult


Rachel Mizsei Ward

rachelmizseiward@gmail.com

The Slippage of Joan Crawford: Feud and fictionalisation





PANEL 2 – AHS AND THE GOTHIC 11:00 – 12:30


Richard M Sheppard and Linda Sheppard

linda.mccarthy@uea.ac.uk

Shadows Close to Our Daily Paths: Madness, The Gothic Edifice and the Referential in American Horror Story’s Asylum


Lauren Christie

l.u.christie@dundee.ac.uk

Transcending Boundaries: Horror and Spectral Spaces


Harriet Fletcher

h.fletcher1@lancaster.ac.uk

From Lord Byron to Countess Elizabeth: Reimagining the Celebrity Vampire in American Horror Story: Hotel



LUNCH 12:30 – 2:00



PANEL 3 – MONSTROSITY AND THE OTHER 2:00 – 3:30


Adam Herron and Ben Nicholson

adam.herron@uea.ac.uk

nicholsonben@hotmail.co.uk

‘Who’s the Baddest Witch in Town?’: Female Agency and Monstrosity in American Horror Story: Coven



Emma Meade Chapman

emma.meadechapman.2014@live.rhul.ac.uk

“Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth”: Queer Aesthetics & the Fear of ‘ The Other’;

Disability, Difference & Desire in American Horror Story


Daniel Sheppard

danieljsheppard@outlook.com

Witches and Warlocks, Bussy Grabbers and Nasty Women: Queer Feminism and the Politics of Seriality in American Horror Story



BREAK 3:30 – 4:00



PANEL 4 – VIOLENCE AMD SEXUALITY 4:00 – 5:30


Marianna Spaccaforno

marianna.spaccaforno@outlook.it

American Horror Story and compenetration


Miranda Corcoran

miranda.corcoran@ucc.ie

“It's going to take more than that ‘thing’ between your legs”: Identity, Violence and Adolescent Embodiment in American Horror Story: Coven


Cecilia Abate

horrorscholar@gmail.com

A Longitudinal Analysis of Sexual Violence in American Horror Story, Murder House through Hotel


Michele Trepanier

michele.trepanier@johnabbott.qc.ca

American Horror Story Murder House and Female Reproductive Biology: A Haunted History



GALA DINNER 7:00 – 9:30

MAIDS HEAD HOTEL




GHOST WALK 9:30 – 11:30





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