Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Looking into the Upside Down: Investigating Stranger Things


Please submit proposals of around 300 words, along with a short biographical note (100 words) to Dr Tracey Mollet (T.L.Mollet@leeds.ac.uk) by Friday 14th September 2018.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by Friday 21st September 2018.

Paper topics (for 20-minute presentations) might include but are not limited to:-

  • The mediation of 1980s nostalgia
  • Contextuality – Reaganism/Trumpism
  • The rise of popular cult narratives in the 1980s
  • Postmodern entertainment, complex serial narratives and cult television
  • Representations of gender, adolescence, family and/or authority
  • Cult characters and their followings (Barb, Bob Newby, Eleven, Steve Harrington)
  • Generic hybridity in Stranger Things and other similar cult films and TV.
  • Music within Stranger Things and its promotional material
  • Trans-medial narratives/online fan engagement
  • Fan experience (merchandise/theme park attractions)

Clothworkers’ Building North (£15)

A one day symposium of papers and discussions exploring the Netflix original series, Stranger Things.

Heavily inspired by science fiction, horror and ‘coming of age’ narratives from the 1980s, Netflix’s Stranger Things (2016-) follows the supernatural adventures of four young teenage boys; Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Will (Noah Schnapp), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo).

The show is one of Netflix’s most successful ventures into original programming and has garnered both popular and critical acclaim.

This conference seeks to explore Stranger Things wider significance within the canon of cult television, investigating areas such as narrative, 1980s nostalgia, contextuality, generic hybridity, cult characters  and fan engagement.

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