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Frankenstein Unbound: An Interdisciplinary Conference Exploring Mary Shelley and Gothic Legacies

Event date Event time Event location
31/10/2018 - 01/11/2018 St Peter's Church, Bournemouth

In 1849, Mary Shelley and Percy Shelley’s heart were brought to the graveyard of St. Peter’s Church in Bournemouth, where they were buried with the remains of Mary Shelley’s parents Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin.

In 2018, Arts University Bournemouth and St. Peter’s Church, in association with Bournemouth University, celebrate the bicentenary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s most famous work Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus (1818) as part of the Shelley Frankenstein Festival. The academic conference, located at this unique venue, will offer new and re-situated perspectives on Mary Shelley and her writings, her family and circle, and her most famous work. We are pleased to acknowledge colleagues at Bournemouth University for their organisational support.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Sir Christopher Frayling, Chancellor, Arts University Bournemouth
  • Professor Elaine Graham, University of Chester
  • Professor Sir Peter Cook, CRAB Studios (TBC)

Call for papers

We invite papers and presentations themed around, but not limited to, the following:

  • Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, and the Romantics
  • Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley
  • Mary Shelley beyond Frankenstein
  • The Shelley family: history and legacy
  • Monstrous Romantics
  • Frankenstein and the sea
  • Theology and Frankenstein
  • Frankenstein and philosophy
  • Frankenstein at home and abroad
  • Adaptations and afterlives
  • Frankenstein and medical humanities
  • The abject and the sublime
  • Frankenstein and emotion
  • Guilt and crime in Frankenstein
  • Interpretations of Frankenstein in the creative industries (Film, Art, Theatre, Dance, Writing etc)
  • Mary Shelley and Gothic legacies
  • Gothic architecture
  • The Gothic imagination

Proposals are welcome for themed panel sessions (maximum three papers), individual twenty-minute presentations, or creative submissions from practitioners and scholars of all fields. Submissions from post-graduate students and Early Career Researchers are particularly encouraged.

Please submit an abstract (300 words) and short biography (100 words) to frankensteinunboundconference@gmail.com by Monday, 18 June 2018.

For more information and updates visit the website: https://frankensteinunbound.wordpress.com

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