UCL Department of Geography


Caterina Liberace

Research Title

Hauntings coast to coast: Architecture and landscapes of the North American postcolonial-ecogothic

More about Caterina

Academic Background

  • PhD in Human Geography at University College London (2022-ongoing)
  • MPhil in Modern British History at University of Oxford (2020-2022)
  • MA in European History at University College London (2019-2020)
  • BA in History and International Affairs at George Washington University (2016-2019)

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Research Interests

My research proposes an exploration of Anglophone settler colonial material legacies in North America--'great' houses, hotels, and national parks—and how these are represented in Gothic horror texts.

I argue that these material legacies, expressive of settler colonial ambitions and a prescriptive national identity, are subverted in Gothic horror as haunting or malevolent forces.

In this research, I develop a conceptualisation of haunting as an affective encounter between landscape, architecture, colonial history, and the body. This research develops a postcolonial geography of haunting.

  • August 2023: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, 'Haunting, Forever: New spaces, spectres and horizons' panel: 'Affective atmospheres of haunting in The Shining'
  • July 2023: Haunted Landscapes at Falmouth University: 'Horror in Pleasant Valleys: Postcolonial-ecogothic on the American frontier'