There are some fascinating events taking place across the country over the next few months that engage with supernatural themes. From a symposium on screen representations of the fantastical and uncanny, to a day discussing modern monsters and urban myths in London, even in these summer months there is plenty of darkness to explore.
If you are organising an event of your own that explores the urban and fantastical, do get in touch, and we’ll happily promote it here.
Please note: all of these events are organised externally and not by Supernatural Cities – please contact the relevant organisers if you have queries.
The Haunted City: Modern Monsters and Urban Myths – London, 30 June
The London Fortean Society have organised a whole day of talks on a variety of fantastical and monstrous topics from folklorists, historians and scholars of the supernatural. Hear about Spring Heel’d Jack, Slenderman, and the Vampire Rabbit of Newcastle-upon-Tyne; explore the horrors of H.P. Lovecraft and the mysteries of subterranean London.
Date: Saturday 30 June 2018
10am – 5pm
Tickets: £20 / £16 concessions – advance tickets are available.
Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Screening the Unreal symposium – University of Brighton, 4 July
The Screen Studies Research and Enterprise Group at the University of Brighton is celebrating its official launch with a symposium on Screening the Unreal. Eighteen papers will be packed into one day of discussion covering film, television, videogames and more, with expert speakers from both within the university and across the country.
This one-day symposium will draw on scholars from within and outside the University of Brighton to explore screen depictions of fantasy, horror, the supernatural, the futuristic, the weird and the uncanny. Taking place on Grand Parade campus this event will showcase research activities across the School of Media and beyond, illustrating the expansive range of media and culture incorporated by the diverse and multidisciplinary field of Screen Studies.
Screening the Unreal will cover film, television and digital media, as well as the cultures which surround them. The line-up currently includes papers on early trick photography, 1980s fantasy film, Gothic videogames, avant-garde cinema, children’s television and online media. Such themes as haunted landscapes, folk horror, digital storytelling, teenage masculinity, star studies and performance, uncanny blogging and artificial intelligence will feature.
Date: Wednesday 4 July 2018
10am – 5.40pm
Venue: Grand Parade campus, University of Brighton, Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY
Supernatural in Contemporary Society Conference – Aberdeen, 23-24 August
The Supernatural in Contemporary Society Conference 2018 will take place in August at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.
The SCSC aims to explore the continuing role of the supernatural, providing an interdisciplinary forum to discuss current and emerging research, and examine these in relation to the impact and value this has on culture, heritage and tourism. The draft programme is now available, and there are some fascinating sounding papers from researchers around the world, with much to interest scholars of the urban supernatural.
Registration is open for the conference now, and there is an early bird rate available until 23 June.
Date: Thursday 23 August to Friday 24 August 2018
Two-day registration fee from £150 (early bird rate)
Venue: Robert Gordon University, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB