AUTOMATA, CYBER TERROR, AND TECHNOCRATIC REALITIES | Keynotes

Xavier Aldana Reyes | Manchester Metropolitan University
Xavier Aldana Reyes is Reader/Associate Professor in English Literature and Film at Manchester Metropolitan University and a founder member of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies. He is the author of the books Gothic Cinema (2020), Spanish Gothic (2017), Horror Film and Affect (2016) and Body Gothic (2014), and the editor of Twenty-First-Century Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion (2019), Horror: A Literary History (2016) and Digital Horror (2015). Xavier is chief editor of the Horror Studies book series at University of Wales Press, and has edited anthologies of Gothic and horror fiction for the British Library. More recently, he has started collaborating with Arrow Video, DiabolikDVD and Cauldron Films on special editions of cult film classics. One of Xavier’s research interests is the optical dynamics of found footage horror films. On this topic, he has published an article on narrative framing for Gothic Studies, and chapters on affective immersion in the film [REC] and viewer involvement and guilt in The Last Horror Movie (2003) for different edited collections. More recently, he has written a chapter on ‘Online Gothic’ that considers social media found footage horror and which will appear in the forthcoming collection The Edinburgh Companion to Globalgothic.

 

Anya Heise-von der Lippe | University of Tübingen
Anya is assistant lecturer with the chair of Anglophone Literatures and teaches English Literature and Culture at the University of Tübingen, Germany. After completing her PhD with a dissertation on Monstrous Textualities (which will be published by the University of Wales press in June 2021), she has recently started a new research project on Romanticism and Climate Change. Publications include various chapters and articles on monsters, hypertext, zombies, dystopias and cyberpunk, as well as the edited collection Posthuman Gothic (2017), and co-edited collections Literaturwissenschaften in der Krise (Narr, 2018) and Kinship and Collective Action in Literature and Culture (Narr, 2020). She is one of the series editors of the book series CHALLENGES for the Humanities and co-managing editor of the emerging Global South Working Papers at the ICGSS Tübingen.