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Horror Vanguard LIVE!

Thursday, April 7–Saturday, April 9, 2022

various University of Chicago locations

Horror Vanguard LIVE! is a three-day event that brings the hosts of the popular academic horror film critique podcast Horror Vanguard to campus for a series of talks, all of which are free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 7
5:30–8:30pm, Kent Hall 120 [map]
Screening of The Relic (1997) followed by a Q&A with Horror Vanguard hosts Jon Greenaway and Ashley Darrow

Friday, April 8
10:30am–12:00pm, Classics 110 [map]
Cursed Academia #1: Podcasting and Public Intellectual Work

3:00–4:30pm, Harper Memorial Library 130 [map]
“Theoretical Spectres and the Idea of Gothic Marxism,” A Critical Talk from Horror Vanguard

Saturday, April 9
10:30am–12:00pm, Classics 110 [map]
Cursed Academia #2: The Horror Story of Capitalism

2:00–3:30pm, Kent Hall 120 [map]
Horror Vanguard Live Show Taping

This event is organized by Laura Colaneri, a PhD candidate in the Department of Romance Languages and Literature, and it is sponsored by University of Chicago Department of Cinema and Media Studies; University of Chicago Department of English; University of Chicago Graduate Council; The Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture; the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture; The Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory; the University of Chicago 20th and 21st Century Workshop; and the University of Chicago Mass Culture Workshop.

Jon Greenaway acquired his PhD from the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies in 2017. He is the founding editor of the journal The Dark Arts: New And Emerging Voices in Gothic Studies and is the co-editor of Horror and Religion: New Directions In Theology, Race and Sexuality (University of Wales Press, 2019). He has spoken at academic conferences across Europe and the USA and his work has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Baffler, and The New Republic. He is the author of the monograph Theology, Horror and Fiction: A Reading of the Gothic Nineteenth Century (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2020). He publishes widely on a range of topics but writes on the intersections of Marxist theory, political theology, cultural theory and the semio-capitalism of neoliberalism.

Ashley Darrow earned his Master’s degree from National University in 2017. He has been invited to talk in the United States, Mexico, and the UK on media and the Gothic. Ashley has helped organize conferences on topics ranging from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Bible to Games Studies. His publications include “Peaceful in Death: Encountering Death in the Pokémon Universe” (2020) and forthcoming works on Marxism and the Gothic side of cinema. Ashley is an active writer and speaker on left politics and cinema.

Covid precautions and disability accommodations: Masking is now optional on the University of Chicago campus, but is strongly encouraged by the organizers of this event. We are dedicated to making this event accessible to people with disabilities who may require accommodations. Please contact Laura Colaneri with any questions about accessibility or to make a request for accommodations.