ecogothic | Keynotes

Christy Tidwell | South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Christy is an associate professor of English and humanities at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, one of the co-leaders of the ecomedia interest group at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, as well as Digital Strategies Coordinator for ASLE. She is the co-editor of Gender and Environment in Science Fiction (Lexington Books, 2018), Fear and Nature: Ecohorror Studies in the Anthropocene (forthcoming in PSU Press’s AnthropoScenes series later this year), and a forthcoming special issue of Science Fiction Film & Television on creature features and environment. Her essays have appeared in journals such as ExtrapolationInterdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and Gothic Nature and volumes such as Posthuman Biopolitics: The Science Fiction of Joan Slonczewski (Palgrave, 2020), Fiction and the Sixth Mass Extinction (Lexington, 2019), and Creatural Fictions (Palgrave, 2016).


Elizabeth Parker | St Mary’s University Twickenham
Elizabeth is the founding editor of Gothic Nature: New Directions in Ecohorror and the EcoGothic and television editor for The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies. She is co-editor of Landscapes of Liminality: Between Space and Place and the forthcoming collection ‘Isn’t It Ironic?’ Receivership and Responsibility in Popular Culture. She has co-organised several conferences on space, place, and the relationship between the Gothic and the nonhuman, has published her work in various titles such as Plant Horror!: Approaches to the Monstrous Vegetal in Fiction and Film and Transecology: Transgender Perspectives on the Environment, and is the author of the monograph The Forest and the EcoGothic: The Deep Dark Woods in the Popular Imagination (2020). She has taught English Literature and courses on Popular Culture at a number of universities across the UK and Ireland and currently works at St Mary’s University Twickenham.

Michelle Poland | University of Lincoln
Michelle is co-editor of Gothic Nature: New Directions in Ecohorror and the EcoGothic. Her primary research interests are in Gothic, ecocriticism, and environmental history, as well as popular scientific and cultural discourses about the Anthropocene. She was awarded her doctoral thesis, titled Gothic Forests in the Anthropocene, in 2019 and is currently working on a book proposal on this topic. She has published articles on various aspects of ‘Gothic Nature’ in journals such as Green Letters and Critical Survey and has organised related conferences and public engagement events. She taught English Literature at the University of Lincoln and was an Archival Assistant at the Tennyson Research Centre for several years, and now works as a Research Impact Manager at Nottingham Trent University.