Closing session | Keynotes

David Punter | University of Bristol
David has taught at various universities throughout the world, including different countries and continents, the University of Bristol being the last one, where he was the Research Director for the Faculty of Arts. He has written 15 academic books as well as numerous articles, among which feature the two canonical titles The Literature of Terror: The Gothic Tradition, volumes 1 and 2. He is also de editor of 10 academic volumes, many of which revolve around gothic fiction, on which he is a reputed specialist (maybe, to the opinion of many, the main authority on this theme). On top of that, David has also authored 8 volumes of poetry and has published poems and short stories on various anthologies. He currently describes himself as a writer and a poet, as per his website.


Justin Edwards | University of Stirling
Justin is a professor in the Division of Literature and Languages at the University of Stirling. Previously Chair of English at the University of Surrey and professor and head of English at Bangor University, he was elected by-fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge in 2005. Between 1995 and 2005, he taught at the University of Montreal and the University of Copenhagen, where he was appointed as an associate professor in 2002. He holds an Affiliate Professorship in U.S. Literature at the University of Copenhagen and in 2016-2017 he was a Fulbright scholar at Elon University, North Carolina. He is also a member of the Peer Review College for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and a Trustee of the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA). Justin’s contribution to the study of Gothic literature started with Gothic Passages: Racial Ambiguity and the American Gothic, which examines the development of U.S. gothic literature alongside 19th-century discourses of passing and racial ambiguity. This book focused on the way in which writers of the period “gothicised” biracial and passing figures in order to frame them within the rubric of a demonisation of difference. In Gothic Canada: Reading the Spectre of a National Literature, he continued in the area by examining how collective stories about national identity and belonging tend to be haunted by artifice.