The Open Graves, Open Minds Project began by unearthing depictions of the vampire and the undead in literature, art, and other media, then embraced werewolves (and representations of wolves and wild children), fairies, and other supernatural beings and their worlds. The Project extends to all narratives of the fantastic, the folkloric, and the magical, emphasising that sense of Gothic as enchantment rather than simply horror. Through this, OGOM is articulating an ethical Gothic, cultivating moral agency and creating empathy for the marginalised, monstrous or othered, including the disenchanted natural world. You can find out more by viewing the story of OGOM through its reception in the media here.
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Fangtastic news – OGOM will be taking part in Blood and Celluloid: an all day Vampire Film Festival at The Ultimate Picture Palace, Cowley Road, Oxford. This is part of the BFI In Dreams are Monsters Season – a major … Continue reading
Werewolves and the Gothic: In Search of the Spectre Wolf (22nd October 2022 – London Month of the Dead)
London Month of the Dead is an annual festival of death and the arts supporting London’s magnificent seven cemeteries: Kensal Green (1832); West Norwood (1837); Highgate (1839); Abney Park (1840); Nunhead (1840); Brompton (1840); Tower Hamlets (1841). The programme this … Continue reading
The OGOM Project is convened by Dr Sam George (University of Hertfordshire) and Dr Bill Hughes, and has been funded generously by the University of Hertfordshire.