The Uncanny: A Symposium

With Professor Nicholas Royle

Saturday 9th November 2013, 12.30-19.00

Grimond Lecture Theatre 3


This symposium brings together several postgraduates from The School of Arts whose research addresses the uncanny from the differing perspectives of Film, History and Philosophy of Art, and Drama. The aim of this event is to bring these diverse approaches into dialogue with each other as we ask: what is the uncanny and how does it relate to our experience of artworks? A series of academic papers will be followed by the presentation of two art projects that explore the uncanny as a theme. The day will culminate with an interview with Professor Nicholas Royle, leading     expert and author of the first and most prominent book-length study on the topic: The Uncanny (2003).

Formal registration is not required for this event but, for catering purposes, please confirm your attendance to by Wednesday 6th November 2013.



12.30-13.00: ‘Cinema and the Technological Uncanny’  Frances Kamm, Film Studies


13.00-13.30: ‘The Uncanny Body and Home, and the New Gothic in The Skin I Live In’ Katerina Flint-Nicol, Film Studies


13.30-14.00: ‘The Uncanny Self & Lynch’s Lost Highway’ Neil McCartney, Film Studies


14.00-14.30: Break


14.30-15.00: ‘Toward a Theory of the Uncanny’ Mark Windsor, History and Philosophy of Art


15.00-15.30: ‘The Freudian Uncanny as an Art Historical Methodology’ Andres Montenegro, Art History (University of Essex)


15.30-15.45: Short break


15.45-16.15: ‘Life-Size Me: On Puppetry and the Uncanny’ Peter Morton, Drama


16.15-17.30: ‘Can’t Open the Door’ Sam Westbury, Drama

(This session will take place in The School of Arts scenic workshop and props store in Marlowe where we will see examples of Sam’s installation, previously exhibited in Margate. There will time for another short break before the last session of the day which will take place back in GLT3.)


17.30-19.00: Conversation with Professor Nicholas Royle (University of Sussex)

(This session will take place back in GLT3.)



Image Credit: Peter Morton performing at  Potluck 7. Photo: Peter Fry