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Baltic Horror Edited Collection (updated , with new deadline)

Categories: Popular Culture, Cultural Studies, Film, TV, & Media, History
Event Date: 2023-01-30 Abstract Due: 2023-01-30

The previous CFP for the Baltic Horror collection had a problem with the email that has been fixed. Thus, the deadline has been extended. Please, consider send your abstracts and queries.


Editor: Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns. Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)


Horror cinema and nationhood are inextricably linked together. As Robin Wood stated in his now classic essay “American Nightmare”, the horror film is the nightmarish meeting of director and audiences, both acknowledging that the film is the enactment of national repressed fears and anxieties. Wood’s thesis has been applied to other geographies, including Latin-America, Asia or part of Europa. Regarding the latter, Italy, Spain or UK have been object of different studies, essays and monographies. Yet, there are European geographies still lacking critical attention 

The Baltic zone is rife with issues of cohesion, fragmentation, mutual cooperation, internal tensions, integration, disintegration, strong senses of belonging, myths and folklore. With this in mind, it is possible to argue that some cultural nightmares are possibly shared by the region as a whole. Or each country only tells its own horror story? Even if with a rich history, most of the region lacks academic analysis and investigation, and the way each country shapes national/transnational/supranational horror is a good point of departure for inquiries on horror culture.

The volume’s editor welcome proposals for previously unpublished essays addressing horror in the Baltic zone, including horror cinema, horror literature, horror video games, horror TV series, horror culture, myths, national folklore, etc., from any period of time and using any theoretical framework, including history, philosophy, gender studies, trauma studies, hauntology, food studies, etc. To be more specific, the editor understands “Baltic” as the geographical zone comprising Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Sweden.

Please submit your 500-word abstracts with brief bios to the editor, Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns, by January 30, 2023. The University of Wales Press has shown preliminary interest, depending on the originality of abstracts. Send proposals and inquiries to: grupogrite2002@yahoo.com


Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns (PhD) is Director of the research group on horror culture Grite, currently investigating Baltic horror for the Universidad de Buenos Aires. Pagnoni Berns has authored a book about Spanish horror TV series Historias para no Dormir (Universidad de Cádiz, 2020) and has edited a book on Frankenstein bicentennial (Universidad de Buenos Aires), one on director James Wan (McFarland, 2021), one on the Italian giallo film (University of Mississippi Press), one on horror comics for Routledge and one on the intersection of horror and philosophy. Currently editing a book on Wes Craven for Lexington Press Series Critical Companions to Contemporary Directors, edited by Adam Barkman and Antonio Sanna.



Fernando Pagnoni Berns