Calling all you horror fans out there! On Robert Louis Stevenson Day, Tuesday 13 November, join us in David Hume Tower for a series of scintillating talks on the Gothic, brought to you by two of Edinburgh’s own Gothicists and special guests from the University of Sheffield’s Centre for the History of the Gothic. This session comprises three talks aimed at reconceptualising current understandings of Gothic fiction.

Come join us to take a walk on the macabre side of Edinburgh this Autumn!



Morning – Wikipedia Training and Talks (11:15am-1:30pm)

Book here for session one: 11:15am to 1.30pm

If coming from outside the University of Edinburgh then book through Eventbrite here.

  • 11:15 am – 11:30 am:Housekeeping, Tea & Coffee.
  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm:Gothic Talks
    • Lauren Nixon and Mary Going – the History of doubling in the Gothic. Mary and Lauren will be joining us from the University of Sheffield’s Centre for the History of the Gothic to discuss the history of doubling in the Gothic and it’s uses as trope/convention over the decades, including Hogg’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner and Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde.
    • Robyn Pritzker – The wild gothic tales of Fanny Stevenson – This talk looks at the New Woman Gothic of Fanny Stevenson through some of her critically neglected short stories, exploring the ways in which the sense of political liminality felt by women in the nineteenth century often manifested as ghostly phenomena in fiction.
    • Vicki MaddenShirley Jackson and American Gothic fiction. This talk delves deeper into the medical humanities by examining Shirley Jackson’s critically understudied novel The Bird’s Nest and explores the ways in which dissociative personality disorder has been problematically conceptualised in Gothic terms, also with reference to Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde.
  • 12:30 pm – 1.30 pm: Wikipedia editing training and selecting an article.
  • 1.30pm-2pm: Break for lunch in David Hume Tower cafe.


Wikipedia edit-a-thon in the afternoon (2pm-5.30pm)

Book here for session two (2pm-5.30pm)

If coming from outside the University of Edinburgh then book through Eventbrite here.

On the afternoon of Tuesday 13th November 2018, the University’s Information Services team are running a Wikipedia editing event to celebrate Robert Louis Stevenson Day 2018. The focus will be on improving the quality of articles about all things Gothic; be it improving the page on Fanny Stevenson; be it improving content on Angela Carter, Alasdair Gray, Louise Welsh or Ali Smith; or even improving the Wiki page on Ken Russell’s movie,’Gothic’.

Programme for session two

  • 2pm-5pm – EDIT.
  • 5pm-5.30pm – Publish.

Working together with liaison librarians, archivists & academic colleagues we will provide full training on how to edit and participate in an open knowledge community. Participants will be supported to develop articles covering areas which could stand to be improved.

New editors very welcome. Desktop computers are available to use in this lab but you can use your own laptop if you prefer.

Come along to learn about how Wikipedia works and contribute a greater understanding & appreciation of Gothic!

Full training for Wikipedia editing is provided in session 1 (11am to 1.30pm) but a crash course can be provided at the beginning of this session for those editing for the first time.

More details are available on the Wikipedia event page.