CFP: Frankenstein Unbound

May 29th, 2018 by Martin Eve, in CFP

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

Dates: Wednesday 31 October and Thursday 1 November 2018
Venues: Conference – St Peter’s Church, Bournemouth

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

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.

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

We welcome proposals for themed panel sessions (maximum three papers), individual
twenty-minute presentations, or creative submissions from practitioners and scholars of all
fields. We particularly encourage submissions from post-graduate students and Early Career
Researchers. Please submit an abstract (300 words) and short biography (100 words) to by Monday 18 th June 2018.
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