Sunday, 15 July 2012 16:54

Pop and the Gothic

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The annual PopCAANZ Conference in Melbourne was definitely one of June’s highlights. It was hosted at the spectacular Langham Hotel and, as always, it did not disappoint. The quality of the papers was exceptional and the atmosphere so friendly, that creative/critical juices could only flow.

But something was a little bit different about the conference this year…it had a distinct Gothic flair. Vampires, ghouls, werewolves and other spooky creatures were everywhere, claiming their rightful spot in popular culture scholarship. An extraordinary trip to the Victoria State Library to see the original death mask of infamous outlaw Ned Kelly cemented all out Gothic thoughts together. The support for GANZA was wide-spread and a lot of the delegates were very keen to be involved with our Association. Indeed, the Gothic influence was so strong , PopCAANZ President Vicki Karaminas announced that the Pop Culture Association will now have its own ‘Gothic Area’, dedicated to research and academic exchanges in our most beloved field. The chair for this area in charge of circulating news, CFP and maintaining links with Gothic Associations around the world…especially a certain one! is yours truly, who is very excited about the whole thing. So watch this space and don’t forget the annual PopCAANZ conference to be held in Brisbane in 2013…look for us in the Gothic crypt!


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