The Irish Network for Gothic Studies (INGS) is a collective of Irish-based scholars working on all aspects of the gothic and horror genres from any time period, whether produced in Ireland or elsewhere, including literature, film, television, new media, the visual arts, the fine arts, archival research, music, and history. The network will be launched in early 2017, with the aim of fostering the creation and development of academic, research, teaching, and creative links between scholars interested in horror and the gothic, and who are based anywhere in the island of Ireland.

The network welcomes academics and scholars at any stage of their career – long-established lecturers in formal academic posts, early-career researchers, postgraduate and postdoctoral students, and independent scholars. We are particularly committed to developing and strengthening supportive links between more established Irish-based academics and researchers who are in the earlier stages of their careers, to encourage collegiality as well as the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and practical information pertaining to the subject area. Indeed, the primary purpose of the network is to facilitate communication regarding gothic and horror scholarship and events for Irish scholars, by disseminating information regarding conferences, seminars, publishing opportunities, ongoing research, and forthcoming publications. Beyond this, we aim to help forge and promote teaching and research associations between scholars and students from across the 32 counties, through a series of seminars, conferences, and workshops under the INGS banner.

The network’s founding members are Dr. Maria Beville, Dr. Dara Downey, Dr. Tracy Fahey, Dr. Niall Gillespie, Dr. Tina Morin, and Dr. Bernice Murphy.