Saturday, June 23, 2018

CFP Frankenstein Unbound: An Interdisciplinary Conference Exploring Mary Shelley and Gothic Legacies (6/29/2018; Bournemouth 10/31-11/01/2018)

Finally, a call that is current (though only barely):

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

deadline for submissions: June 29, 2018

full name / name of organization: Arts University Bournemouth

contact email:


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 Cooke, 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 Friday 29th June 2018.

For more information and updates visit our website:

CFP Frankenstein: Two Hundred Years of Monsters Conference (expired)

Came across this by accident today; sadly, it is also expired.

Frankenstein: Two Hundred Years of Monsters

- Call for Papers -

Frankenstein 2018: Two Hundred Years of Monsters

12 ‐ 15 September 2018
The Australian National University and the National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra

Nearly two centuries after its anonymous publication on 1 January 1818, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus remains as topical as ever. Its core story - of a recklessly ambitious and naïve scientist whose artificial, human-like creature arouses only horror and disgust, and escapes control to seek revenge on his creator - has become, for better or worse, the techno‐scientific fable of modernity. First adapted for stage by Richard Brinsley Peake in 1823, and for film by Edison Studios in 1910, the story has inspired more theatre, film, television and other adaptations than any other modern narrative, with more than 50 screen adaptations appearing in the 2010s alone. From Fritz Lang’s Metropolis to Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show to The Addams Family, the Frankenstein myth reaches into every recess of high and popular culture.

We invite proposals for 20-­minute papers or 3 x 20‐minute panel sessions from scholars across the humanities, sciences, and social sciences that respond in interdisciplinary ways to this most interdisciplinary of novels, including, but not limited to:

  • Literary studies, especially of the long eighteenth century, Romanticism, Victorian and neo­‐Victorian literature
  • Re-tellings and re-­‐imaginings of the Frankenstein story in various modes and genres, e.g. SF, steampunk, speculative fiction, slash fiction, etc.
  • Film, television, theatre and performance, and visual studies
  • Digital humanities, reception studies, histories of popular culture, and media ecologies
  • Gender studies, queer theory, and the history of sexuality
  • Disability studies and post‐humanism
  • The history of medicine, especially reproductive technologies
  • Science and technology studies; images and imaginaries of science and scientists
  • The history and philosophy of biology, especially in relation to vitalism
  • Eco‐criticism and the Anthropocene
  • Affect theory and the history of emotions
  • Frankenstein and race, colonialism, empire
  • Global and local Frankensteins, e.g. Australian Frankensteins
  • Frankenstein and material history
  • Cyborgs, robots, artificial intelligence, and machine learning
  • Synthetic biology, genetic engineering, and artificial life

To maintain order among this menagerie of monsters, we propose the following four overarching themes, each of which will be addressed by one of our keynote speakers:

Frankenstein in 1818: historicising the monster
(Professor Sharon Ruston, Lancaster)

Frankenstein as scientific fable: from grave-­‐robbing and galvanism to synthetic biology and machine learning
(Professor Genevieve Bell, Australian National University)

Adaptation and experimentation: Frankenstein in film and other media
(Assistant Professor Shane Denson, Stanford)

Frankenstein’s queer family: gender, sexuality, reproduction and the work of care
(Professor Julie Carlson, University of California, Santa Barbara)

Please send proposals for papers or sessions - including a title, 250­‐word abstract, and brief author biography - to Dr Russell Smith at

The deadline for proposals is 6 April 2018. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee comprising scholars from the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, and applicants will be informed of the outcome within two weeks of the submission deadline. Please note that we will endeavour to notify overseas applicants earlier if they submit proposals before the submission deadline.

For further information and updates, as well as information about the Humanities Research Centre’s annual theme for 2018, Imagining Science and Technology 200 Years after Frankenstein, see here.

Please direct any inquiries to Penny Brew at

CFP Of 'Gods and Monsters': Shelley's Frankenstein Two Hundred Years On (expired)

Not sure how I missed posting this sooner:

Of 'Gods and Monsters': Shelley's Frankenstein Two Hundred Years On

deadline for submissions: January 15, 2018

full name / name of organization: Roger Stanley/Southeast Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature

contact email:

Of ‘Gods and Monsters’: Shelley’s Frankenstein Two Hundred Years On

Southeast Conference on Christianity and Literature

19-21 April 2018

Union University

Jackson, Tennessee

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Christina Bieber Lake, Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English, Wheaton College

Prophets of the Posthuman: American Literature, Biotechnology and the Ethics ofPersonhood

(Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2013)

Dr. Bieber Lake is also the author of the book The Incarnational Art of Flannery O’Connor and many articles which have appeared in Books & Culture and elsewhere.

The primary theme of the convention will be a celebration of the bicentennial of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Union University itself envisions a campus-wide, interdisciplinary commemoration for the calendar year, though the focus for this conference will be, as always, on the intersection of theology and fiction.

Within the Frankenstein motif, possible topics and areas of interest include:

--Mary Shelley’s legacy in contemporary science fiction

---Creation: Human, subhuman and posthuman

--Narrative frames and the voice of the marginalized

--Science, technology, and the limitations of knowledge

--Maternity and paternity

--Idealized vs. “monstrous” femininity

--“Singularity” in terms of AI vs. human intelligence

--Revisions of Frankenstein in movies/pop culture

As always, SECCL is open to other proposals concerning the relationship of Christianity and literature. Abstracts from graduate students are also welcome. Undergraduates should send complete papers.

Send abstracts (400-500) words via email attachment to Prof. Roger Stanley, at . The submission deadline is January 15, 2018.

CFP Diagnosing History: Medicine in Television Costume Dramas (9/15/2018)

Here's an interesting idea:

Diagnosing History: Medicine in Television Costume Dramas

deadline for submissions: September 15, 2018

full name / name of organization: Dr. Julie Anne Taddeo

contact email:

There has been a long relationship between television and medicine: some of the small screen’s most popular shows, on both sides of the Atlantic, have been medical in focus, from hospital-set dramas like ER to reality TV shows and docudramas like One Born Every Minute. This fascination with doctors, hospitals and bodies is also shared by period drama television, but scholarship has paid little attention to this intersection/relationship. Recent period dramas including The Knick, Mercy Street, and Charite, for example, use the hospital setting familiar from older shows like Bramwell, to address larger themes about the professionalization of medicine, medical innovations and failures, and the gender politics that surround the profession. Dramas like Call the Midwife document the progress of the NHS and female reproductive health while also engaging in contemporary debates about contraception, abortion, and disability. In addition, medical-driven narratives abound in almost every period drama on our screens today: war-induced mental and physical trauma in Peaky Blinders; Spanish ‘flu in The Village; gay conversion plotlines in A Place to Call Home; bodily and facial disfigurement in Home Fires; medical experimentation and monstrosity in Penny Dreadful and Frankenstein Chronicles; nursing as a vehicle of female emancipation in The Crimson Field and Morocco: Love in Times of War; and all of the above and many more in Downton Abbey, whose most famous plotlines are medical in nature.

This edited collection seeks to address this important area of period drama studies, and we are looking for proposals for essays on any of the above issues, or which may be interdisciplinary in approach and engage with the medical humanities, interrogating relationships between medicine and history, class, gender or race. Our collection aims to be international in scope, so submissions about period dramas from/situated in any country are welcome.

Please send a 500 word abstract and brief biography by Sept 15, 2018 to:

Julie Anne Taddeo:

James Leggott:

Katherine Byrne:

CFP The Silent Revolution Conference (6/30/2018; Lisbon 11/5-6/2018)

1818-2018 – the silent revolution: of fears, folly & the female

deadline for submissions: June 30, 2018

full name / name of organization: Universidade Catolica Portuguesa

contact email:

1818-2018 – the silent revolution: of fears, folly & the female

Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon

5-6 November 2018

In 2018 we celebrate events which took place two hundred years ago: the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the birth of Emily Brontë. While the two events are markedly different, as the former is a tangible work of art and the latter more of a promise of what was to come, both have contributed to challenge and change the conceptions and perceptions of the time, thus performing a silent, subtle revolution in the world of letters.

Shelley and Brontë are mostly famous for one novel each, but these novels have helped shape Western imagination and literature, as they arguably ‘disclose uncommon powers of poetic imagination’, as Walter Scott said a propos Shelley’s oeuvre [Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine 2 (March 1818)].

By focusing on characters who do not belong anywhere – ‘I am an unfortunate and deserted creature; I look around, and I have no relation or friend upon earth’ (Shelley, 2004: 160) and ‘Not a soul knew to whom it [Heathcliff] belonged’ (Brontë, 1965: 78) –, both novels seem to question the hegemonic discourse of the time. As such, their global appeal may precisely reside in their radical difference and ‘unbelonging’ (Rushdie, 2013), which, paradoxically, make them potential sites for multiple identifications – the female, the savage, the foreigner.

This conference brings the two female authors together, for their œuvres, as different as they are, may shed light on a topic that resonates nowadays – how gender impacts on authorship, imagination, and a sense of humanity. If, as Woolf claims, ‘women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man as twice its natural size’ (Woolf, 2000: 45), is it entirely possible that women authors have resorted to the misshapen, dark, monstrous Other as alter egos of their own perception of themselves and their place in society?

The conference wishes to be a locus of celebration and discussion, both by placing the authors in the context of their time (coeval artists and ideas), and by displacing them and investigating their impact on literature and other media (music, cinema, videogames, etc.). By rereading the works critically in the context of a 200-hundred-year time lapse, the conference aims to look at the texts as clues ‘to how we live, how we have been living, how we have been led to imagine ourselves, how our language has trapped as well as liberated us, how the very act of naming has been till now a male prerogative, and how we can begin to see and name – and therefore live – afresh’ (Rich, 1979: 35).

Papers on the following topics are welcome:

  • Male privilege in literature: revising concepts of authority and authorship
  • Female gaze and the imagination
  • 19th-century language, gender and cultural filters
  • Concepts of human being, humanity, humanness and ‘technogenesis’
  • Displacement and replacement as male anxieties
  • 1st-person narration: giving voice and / or visibility to ghosts, monsters and waifs
  • The impact of Shelly and Brontë in English-speaking and world literature
  • Pseudonymity and power
  • The monster within: representations of (female) fear and folly in literature
  • ‘Savagery’ at the heart of Europe and the ideal of la mission civilisatrice
  • Siting contestation: literature on progress and knowledge
  • Is Gothic literature female?
  • Translating ‘strangeness’ into different languages and / or media
  • The afterlife of Frankenstein and Wuthering Heights in art and pop culture
  • Fandom and the Gothic experience

Keynote speakers:

Luísa Leal Faria (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)

Marie Mulvey-Roberts (University of the West of England – Bristol)

Click below for further information.

Romantic Assembly (2018 International Conference on Romanticism) (expired)

Sorry to have missed posting this earlier:

International Conference on Romanticism
Romantic Assembly
October 25-28, 2018

From Bodies Assembled to Assembled Bodies

To acknowledge and celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, we invite reflection on the notion of assembly: from bodies assembled to assemblies of bodies. We look forward to paper proposals on related acts of embodiment, factory production, and political assembly (from the National Assembly during the French Revolution to the recent waves of public protest that embody the right to assemble enshrined in the US Constitution). We aim to look both backward and forward, and we invite all participants to explore what it means to assemble various and sundry things, even things we sometimes call persons.

Scholars working in any area of Romanticism are invited to submit proposals for the annual meeting of the International Conference on Romanticism (ICR) to be hosted by Clemson University and held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenville, South Carolina.

We have called this year’s conference “Romantic Assembly” to acknowledge and celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. We invite broad reflection on the notion of assembly and look forward to paper proposals on related acts of embodiment, factory production, and political assembly (from the National Assembly during the French Revolution to the recent waves of public protest that embody the right to assemble enshrined in the US Constitution). From bodies assembled to assemblies of bodies, we aim to look both backward and forward, and we invite all participants to explore what it means to assemble various and sundry things, even things we sometimes call persons.

We are excited to see the theme interpreted broadly and in ways we have not anticipated, but some possible modes of approach could include the following:

  • Anthologies, literary history, and assembling Romantic texts
  • Assembling words: rhetoric and form
  • Assembly and the senses
  • Bodies and embodiment
  • Categories of knowledge as assemblies
  • Disassembly, dissolution, fragmentation
  • Genre as assembly
  • Identity as assembly or assemblage
  • Industrialization
  • Military and martial assembly
  • Nation formation
  • Political assembly and acts of protest
  • Romantic and post-Romantic philosophies and critical theories of assembly
  • Romantic-era assemblies: Halls, Balls, Lectures, Schools
  • Romantic systems
  • Scientific assembly
  • World-building

Deadline for presentation abstracts and complete panels or roundtables: April 1, 2018

The International Conference on Romanticism was founded in 1991 and aims to pursue the study of Romanticism across linguistic, national, and political disciplines. For more information please visit Conference attendees and participants must be current members of ICR. Please visit to become a member or renew your membership.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Frankenstein and Its Classics

Due out this summer:
Frankenstein and Its Classics: The Modern Prometheus from Antiquity to Science Fiction
Editor(s): Benjamin Eldon Stevens, Jesse Weiner, Brett M. Rogers

Published: 08-09-2018
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 288
ISBN: 9781350054875
Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
Series: Bloomsbury Studies in Classical Reception
Illustrations: 14 bw illus
Dimensions: 6 1/8" x 9 1/4"
List price: $29.95

Also available in hardcover and ebook formats.

About Frankenstein and Its Classics

Frankenstein and Its Classics is the first collection of scholarship dedicated to how Frankenstein and works inspired by it draw on ancient Greek and Roman literature, history, philosophy, and myth. Presenting twelve new essays intended for students, scholars, and other readers of Mary Shelley's novel, the volume explores classical receptions in some of Frankenstein's most important scenes, sources, and adaptations. Not limited to literature, the chapters discuss a wide range of modern materials-including recent films like Alex Garland's Ex Machina and comics like Matt Fraction's and Christian Ward's Ody-C-in relation to ancient works including Hesiod's Theogony, Aeschylus's Prometheus Bound, Ovid's Metamorphoses, and Apuleius's The Golden Ass.

All together, these studies show how Frankenstein, a foundational work of science fiction, brings ancient thought to bear on some of today's most pressing issues, from bioengineering and the creation of artificial intelligence to the struggles of marginalized communities and political revolution. This addition to the comparative study of classics and science fiction reveals deep similarities between ancient and modern ways of imagining the world-and emphasizes the prescience and ongoing importance of Mary Shelley's immortal novel. As Frankenstein turns 200, its complex engagement with classical traditions is more significant than ever.

Table of contents

Introduction: The Modern Prometheus Turns 200
Jesse Weiner, Hamilton College, USA; Benjamin Eldon Stevens, Trinity University, USA;
Brett M. Rogers, University of Puget Sound, USA

Section 1: Promethean Heat

1. Patchwork Paratexts and Monstrous Metapoetics: “After tea M reads Ovid”
Genevieve Liveley, University of Bristol, UK

2. Prometheus and Dr. Darwin's Vermicelli: Another Stir to the Frankenstein Broth
Martin Priestman, University of Roehampton, UK

3. The Politics of Revivification in Lucan's Bellum Civile and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Andrew McClellan, University of Delaware, USA

4. Romantic Prometheis and the Molding of Frankenstein
Suzanne L. Barnett, Francis Marion University

5. Why “The Year without a Summer”?
David A. Gapp, Hamilton College, USA

6. The Sublime Monster: Frankenstein, or The Modern Pandora
Matthew Gumpert, Bogaziçi University, Turkey

Section 2: Hideous Progeny

7. Cupid and Psyche in Frankenstein: Mary Shelley's Apuleian Science Fiction?
Benjamin Eldon Stevens, Trinity University, USA

8. “The Pale Student of Unhallowed Arts”: Frankenstein, Aristotle, and the Wisdom of Lucretius
Carl A. Rubino, Hamilton College, USA

9. Timothy Leary and the Psychodynamics of Stealing Fire
Nese Devenot, University of Puget Sound, USA

10. Frankenfilm: Classical Monstrosity in Bill Morrison's Spark of Being
Jesse Weiner, Hamilton College, USA

11. Alex Garland's Ex Machina or The Modern Epimetheus: Science Fiction after Mary Shelley
Emma Hammond, University of Bristol, UK

12. The Postmodern Prometheus and Posthuman Reproductions in Science Fiction
Brett M. Rogers, University of Puget Sound, USA

Suggestions for Further Reading: Other Modern Prometheis
Sam Cooper, Bard High School Early Colleges Queens, USA

Works cited


Frankenstein's patchwork of classical allusions were as diverse and uncanny as the monster itself. Putting Prometheus back into the “promethean”, this timely and exciting volume shows how classical mythology, refracted through Frankenstein, shapes ethical debates prompted by technological and scientific advances today.” – Jennifer Wallace, Harris Fellow and Director of Studies in English, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, UK.

“This highly scholarly, yet very accessible, collection grounds the original Frankenstein and adaptations of it in numerous ancient Greco-Roman sources, some for the first time and all with a revealing thoroughness unavailable until now.” – Jerrold E. Hogle, Professor of English and University Distinguished Professor, University of Arizona, USA.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Adapting Frankenstein: The Monster's Eternal Lives in Popular Culture

This looks like a great (and affordable) text to pair with the Cambridge Companion to Frankenstein. I wish it was out now.

Adapting Frankenstein: The Monster's Eternal Lives in Popular Culture
Edited by Dennis R. Cutchins and Dennis R. Perry
(North American distribution through Oxford University Press:

Book Information

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-5261-0891-3
Pages: 400
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Price: £25.00
Published Date: August 2018

Available in North America for $39.95 beginning 01 October 2018.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is one of the most popular novels in western literature. It has been adapted and re-assembled in countless forms, from Hammer Horror films to young-adult books and bandes dessinées. Beginning with the idea of the 'Frankenstein Complex', this edited collection provides a series of creative readings that explore the elaborate intertextual networks that make up the novel's remarkable afterlife. It broadens the scope of research on Frankenstein while deepening our understanding of a text that, 200 years after its original publication, continues to intrigue and terrify us in new and unexpected ways. 

The Frankenstein Complex: when the text is more than a text - Dennis Cutchins and Dennis R. Perry

Part I: Dramatic adaptations of Frankenstein on stage and radio

1 Frankenstein's spectacular nineteenth-century stage history and legacy - Lissette Lopez Szwydky

2 A Frankensteinian model for adaptation studies, or 'It Lives!': adaptive symbiosis and Peake's Presumption, or the fate of Frankenstein - Glenn Jellenik

3 The gothic imagination in American sound recordings of Frankenstein - Laurence Raw

Part II: Cinematic and television adaptations of Frankenstein

4 A paranoid parable of adaptation: Forbidden Planet, Frankenstein, and the atomic age - Dennis R. Perry

5 The Curse of Frankenstein: Hammer film studios' reinvention of horror cinema - Morgan C. O'Brien

6 The Frankenstein Complex on the small screen: Mary Shelley's motivic novel as adjacent adaptation - Kyle Bishop

7 The new ethics of Frankenstein: responsibility and obedience in I, Robot and X-Men: First Class - Matt Lorenz

8 Hammer films and the perfection of the Frankenstein project - Maria K. Bachman and Paul Peterson

Part III: Literary adaptations of Frankenstein

9 'Plainly stitched together': Frankenstein, neo-Victorian fiction, and the palimpsestuous literary past - Jamie Horrocks

10 Frankensteinian re-articulations in Scotland: monstrous marriage, maternity, and the politics of embodiment - Carol Margaret Davison

11 Young Frankensteins: graphic children's texts and the twenty-first-century monster - Jessica Straley

12 In his image: the mad scientist remade in the young adult novel - Farran Norris Sands

13 The soul of the matter: Frankenstein meets H. P. Lovecraft's 'Herbert West-Reanimator' - Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

Part IV: Frankenstein in art, illustrations, and comics: from X-Men to steampunk

14 Illustration, adaptation and the development of Frankenstein's visual lexicon - Kate Newell

15 'The X-Men meet Frankenstein! "Nuff Said"': adapting Mary Shelley's monster in superhero comic books- Joe Darowski

16 Expressionism, deformity and abject texture in bande dessinée appropriations of Frankenstein - Véronique Bragard and Catherine Thewissen

Part V: New media adaptations of Frankenstein

17 Assembling the body/text: Frankenstein in new media - Tully Barnett and Ben Kooyman

18 Adaptations of 'liveness' in theatrical representations of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - Kelly Jones


Frankenstein's pulse: an afterword - Richard J. Hand



Dennis R. Cutchins is Associate Professor of American Literature at Brigham Young University

Dennis R. Perry is Associate Professor of American Literature at Brigham Young University

Frankenstein 200 Exhibition Catalog

I wasn't sure what this was when I pre-ordered it, but is an interesting addition to my collection. The book is the catalog (with images and description) of a current exhibition at Indiana University's Lilly Library. I'm glad they have preserved the content for posterity.

Frankenstein 200:The Birth, Life, and Resurrection of Mary Shelley's Monster
Rebecca Baumann, foreword by Jonathan Kearns
(also available on JSTOR at

Indiana University Press
Distribution: World
Publication date: 04/25/2018
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-03905-7
Paperback: $25.00
Other formats available:ebook $24.99

Two centuries ago, a teenage genius created a monster that still walks among us. In 1818, Mary Shelley published Frankenstein, and in doing so set forth into the world a scientist and his monster. The daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, famed women’s rights advocate, and William Godwin, radical political thinker and writer, Mary Shelley is considered the mother of the modern genres of horror and science fiction. At its core, however, Shelley’s Frankenstein is a contemplation on what it means to be human, what it means to chase perfection, and what it means to fear things suchsuch things as ugliness, loneliness, and rejection.

In celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, the Lilly Library at Indiana University presents Frankenstein 200: The Birth, Life, and Resurrection of Mary Shelley’s Monster. This beautifully illustrated catalog looks closely at Mary Shelley’s life and influences, examines the hundreds of reincarnations her book and its characters have enjoyed, and highlights the vast, deep, and eclectic collections of the Lilly Library. This exhibition catalog is a celebration of books, of the monstrousness that exists within us all, and of the genius of Mary Shelley.


Foreword: Cavendish’s Daughters: Speculative Fiction and Women’s History by Jonathan Kearns

Stitched and Bound by Love and Fear: Books, Monsters, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein by Rebecca Baumann

Case 1: Mary Shelley and the Birth of Frankenstein

Case 2: Mary and Percy

Case 3: Mary Beyond Frankenstein

Case 4: Mary’s Father, William Godwin

Case 5: Mary’s Mother, Mary Wollstonecraft

Case 6: Mad Science

Case 7: The Gothic

Case 8: The Monster’s Books

Case 9: Victor Frankenstein’s Books

Case 10: Frankenstein in Popular Culture (includes comics)

Case 11: The Undead

Case 12: Artificial Life

Case 13: Adapting Frankenstein

Case 14: Illustrating Frankenstein

Case 15: Outsiders and Others

Case 16: More Monsters

Case 17 and Case 18: Weird Women


Author Bio:

Rebecca Baumann is Head of Public Services at the Lilly Library of Indiana University and adjunct faculty with the Department of Information and Library Science. Baumann is obsessively passionate about sharing the library’s eclectic and wide-ranging collections with visitors of all sorts. Her research interests center on the history of the book, with special emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century British and American science fiction, horror, crime, and pulp. She considers herself a defender of weird books and a friend to all monsters.

Advance Notice: Global Frankenstein

Forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan. It sounds promising, but I wish they would also offer affordable paperback editions. I will update the blog once a contents list and cover art are posted:

Global Frankenstein 
Editors: Davison, Carol Margaret, Mulvey-Roberts, Marie (Eds.)

Hardcover ca. $109.00
price for USA

Due: November 11, 2018
ISBN 978-3-319-78141-9

Bibliographic Information

Series Title: Studies in Global Science Fiction
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN 978-3-319-78142-6; Hardcover ISBN978-3-319-78141-9
Number of Illustrations and Tables 30 b/w illustrations
Topics: Nineteenth-Century Literature

Explores the versatility and interdisciplinary applications of Frankenstein in areas such as science, alchemy, hypertext, dance, art, post-humanism, computer games, and Victorian steampunk
Provides a global perspective with international authors and multi-national examples
Engages with the afterlife of Frankenstein and gives fresh prominence in the bicentennial year of its publication

Comprised of sixteen original essays by experts in the field, including leading and lesser-known international scholars, Global Frankenstein considers the tremendous adaptability and rich afterlives of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel, Frankenstein, at its bicentenary, in such fields and disciplines as digital technology, film, theatre, dance, medicine, book illustration, science fiction, comic books, science, and performance art. This ground-breaking, celebratory volume, edited by two established Gothic Studies scholars, reassesses Frankenstein’s global impact for the twenty-first century across a myriad of cultures and nations, from Japan, Mexico, and Turkey, to Britain, Iraq, Europe, and North America. Offering compelling critical dissections of reincarnations of Frankenstein, a generically hybrid novel described by its early reviewers as a “bold,” “bizarre,” and “impious” production by a writer “with no common powers of mind”, this collection interrogates its sustained relevance over two centuries during which it has engaged with such issues as mortality, global capitalism, gender, race, embodiment, neoliberalism, disability, technology, and the role of science.

About the Editors:

Carol Margaret Davison is Professor at the University of Windsor, Canada and the author of History of the Gothic: Gothic Literature, 1764-1824 (2009) and Anti-Semitism and British Gothic Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004). She recently edited The Gothic and Death (2017) and The Edinburgh Companion to the Scottish Gothic (2017) with Monica Germanà.

Marie Mulvey-Roberts is Professor of English Literature at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK and author of Dangerous Bodies: Historicising the Gothic Corporeal (2016), winner of the Alan Lloyd Smith Memorial Prize. She has authored, edited, and co-edited over 30 books. Recently she made a film on Frankenstein for a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the literary South West.

Friday, March 9, 2018

CFP Frankenstein 1818 to 2018: 200 Years of Mad Scientists and Monsters (06/01/2018; NEPCA Worcester, MA 10/19-20/2018)

Frankenstein 1818 to 2018: 200 Years of Mad Scientists and Monsters (Final Call for Papers)

A Special Session of the Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association

Worcester State University, Worcester, Massachusetts

19-20 October 2018

Proposals due 1 June 2018

In this panel, the Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association seeks to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1818 by celebrating the longevity of her iconic characters of scientist Victor Frankenstein, “the pale student of unhallowed arts,” and his monstrous construct, “the thing he had put together,” as she succinctly describes them in her introduction to the 1831 reissue of the work.

Proposals for papers should explore aspects of Shelley’s versions of Frankenstein or his creations (both the Creature as well as its Bride) as representations of the fantastic and/or of the afterlife of these figures in later fantastic narratives of any genre or medium in which adaptations and appropriations of the Frankenstein story have occurred.

Be advised that presentations will be limited to 15 or 20 minutes in length depending on final panel size.

Ideas and resources for the study of Frankenstein and its progeny can be accessed at Frankenstein and the Fantastic, an outreach effort of the Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area, based at

Please contact area chair Michael A. Torregrossa at, using “Frankenstein 1818 to 2018” as your subject line, with any questions in advance of the 1 June 2018 deadline.

Submissions should be made online through the “2018 Proposal Form” at Please select “The Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction)” as your designated area. A complete submission includes contact information, academic affiliation (if any), an academic biographical statement (between 50 and 200 words), a paper title (no more than 60 characters), and a paper abstract (no more than 250 words). Do also send copies of your biography and proposal to the area chair at, using “Frankenstein 1818 to 2018” as your subject line.

The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (a.k.a. NEPCA) was founded in 1974 as a professional organization for scholars living in New England and New York. It is a community of scholars interested in advancing research and promoting interest in the disciplines of popular and/or American culture. NEPCA’s membership consists of university and college faculty members, emeriti faculty, secondary school teachers, museum specialists, graduate students, independent scholars, and interested members of the general public. NEPCA is an independently funded affiliate of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. Membership is open to all interested parties, regardless of profession, rank, or residency. NEPCA holds an annual conference that invites scholars from around the globe to participate. In an effort to keep costs low, it meets on college campuses throughout the region.

Membership in NEPCA is required for participation and annual dues are included in conference registration fees. Further details are available at

Friday, February 2, 2018

Frankenstein@200: 2018 International Health Humanities Consortium Conference (Stanford, CA 4/20-22/2018)

Another Frankenstein conference I never heard about:



The 2018 International Health Humanities Consortium Conference will be held at Stanford University from April 20-22, 2018.

A celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein through an exploration of medically-based ethical dilemmas and an examination of the relevance of Frankenstein in moral imagination today.


Alexander Nemerov
Professor, Art and Art History at Stanford University

Lester Friedman
Professor, Media and Society at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Alvan Ikoku
Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature and Medicine at Stanford University

Catherine Belling
Associate Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University

Important Dates

  • June 1, 2017: Call for proposals opens
  • Summer 2017: Conference registration opens
  • November 1, 2017: Deadline for proposals
  • December 1, 2017: Decisions communicated
  • April 20-22, 2018: Conference dates
  • Program for Why Frankenstein Matters at 200 (Rome 7/3-6/2018)




    3-6 JULY 2018
    Eileen Hunt Botting (Political Theory, University of Notre Dame)
    Agustín Fuentes (Anthropology, University of Notre Dame)
    Greg Kucich (English, University of Notre Dame)

    Tuesday July 3
    3-5pm                          Registration at Global Gateway. Please bring presentations on jump drives to load onto computer terminal for conference sessions.

    Wednesday July 4
    8-8:30am                     Coffee and Registration at Global Gateway
    8:30am                        Welcome and Opening Remarks by Co-organizers & Giuseppe Albano, Director, Keats-Shelley House, Rome

    9-10:30am                  PANEL
    “It was on a dreary night of November”:
    Joyce Carol Oates (Creative Writing, Princeton University)
    Frankenstein and ‘Monstrous Imagination’”
    David Archard (Philosophy, Queen’s University Belfast)
    “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Evil and Monstrosity”
    Steven B. Smith (Political Theory, Yale University)
    Emile, Frankenstein, and the Ethics of Science and the Scientific Imagination”
    Chair: Eileen Hunt Botting (Political Theory, University of Notre Dame)
    Format: Three 20-minute papers followed by 30-minute discussion with audience

    10:30-11am                 Coffee Break in Global Gateway

    11am-12:30pm           PANEL
    “The accomplishment of my toils”:
    Susan Wolfson (English, Princeton University)
    “Reading at the Limits: Frankenstein and the ‘Savage Man’”
    Peta Katz and Jonathan Marks (Anthropology, University of North Carolina-Charlotte)
    Frankenstein and the moral dimension of life science”
    Tracy Betsinger (Anthropology, SUNY-Oneonta)
    “Frankenstein’s Creature and Vampires: Embodiments of Fear”
    Chair: Greg Kucich (English, University of Notre Dame)
    Format: Three 20-minute papers then 30-minute discussion with audience

    12:30-2:30pm              Lunch Break in Rome

    2:30-5pm                    ROUNDTABLE AND FILM SCREENING
    “I collected the instruments of life around me”:
    Elizabeth Young (English and Gender Studies, Mt. Holyoke College)
    “Black Frankenstein at 200”
    Alan Coffee (Political Theory, King’s College London)
    “Slave Narrative and (or in) Frankenstein”
    Serena Baiesi (Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Bologna)
    “Strange, supernatural, and necromantic adventure”: Mary Shelley’s gothic stories and the inherence of Frankenstein
    Ronald Levao (English, Rutgers University)
    “Meta-Cinematic Metaphors in James Whale’s Films”
    Chair: Devi Snively (Independent Filmmaker)
    Format: Four 15-minute papers followed by 30 minutes of discussion with the audience 

    4-4:15pm        Break

    4:15-5pm        SCREENING OF “BRIDE OF FRANKIE” (2017),
    an independent film directed by Devi Snively and produced by Agustín Fuentes
    Format: screening of short film “Bride of Frankie,” followed by 25 minutes of discussion with director, producer, and audience. 

    5-6:30pm                     Rooftop Reception in Global Gateway

    Thursday July 5

    8:30-9am                     Coffee at Global Gateway

    9-10:30am                  ROUNDTABLE
    “The lifeless thing that lay at my feet”:
    Timothy Morton (English, Rice University)
    “What Was That Again about Frankenstein and Ecology?”
    Lilla Crisafulli (Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Bologna)
    “From the Physiognomic Body to the Problematic Self in Frankenstein
    Gudrun Grabher (American Studies and Medical Humanities, University of Innsbruck)
    “Levinas and the Ethical Challenges of Frankenstein’s Monster”
    Nancy Hirschmann (Political Theory, University of Pennsylvania)
    “Logos and Soma in Frankenstein
    Chair: Essaka Joshua (English and Disability Studies, University of Notre Dame)
    Format: Four 15-minute papers followed by 30 minutes of discussion with audience

    10:30-11am                 Coffee Break in Global Gateway

    11-12:30pm                PANEL
    “The detested shore”:
    ~~ Keough Global Seminar Session ~~
    James Chandler (English, University of Chicago)
    “A race of devils”?  What to Make of the Irish Episode
    Julie Kipp (English, Holy Cross College)
    Frankenstein, the Shelley Circle, and Radical Politics in Ireland”
    Claire Connolly (Modern English, University College Cork)
    “Archipelagic Frankenstein? Sea Crossings, Scale, and National Culture”
    Chair: Chris Fox (University of Notre Dame, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies)
    Format: Three 20-minute papers followed by 30 minutes of discussion with audience

    12:30-2:30pm              Lunch Break in Rome

    2:30-4pm                    ROUNDTABLE
    “That I might infuse a spark of being”:
    Charles Gross (Psychology and Neuroscience, Princeton University)
    “Electricity and Biology in Frankenstein
    Sylvana Tomaselli (History and Political Thought, University of Cambridge)
    “Labour of Love”
    Aku Visala (Theology, University of Helinski)
    “Where Does the Buck Stop? On the Responsibility of Artificial Beings and their Creators”
    Scott Reents (Data Analytics and E-Discovery, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP)
    “Frankenjustice: Artificial Intelligence, Reason-Giving, and the Transparency of Law”
    Chair: Agustín Fuentes (Anthropology, University of Notre Dame)
    Format: Four 15-minute papers followed by 30 minutes of discussion with audience

    4-5:30pm                     STUDENT POSTER SESSION AND RECEPTION
    Chair: Neil Delaney (Philosophy, University of Notre Dame)
    Format: Undergraduate and graduate students from Notre Dame will be available to discuss their research posters on Frankenstein and its legacies

    Friday July 6

    8:30-9am                     Coffee in Global Gateway

    9-10:30am                  ROUNDTABLE
    “I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open”:
    Anne K. Mellor (English, UCLA)
    “Mothering Monsters: Frankenstein and Genetic Engineering”
    Eileen Hunt Botting (Political Theory, University of Notre Dame)
    “Hearing the Creature: Articulating the Child’s Right to be Genetically Modified.”
    Eben Kirksey (Anthropology, University of New South Wales, Australia)
    “CRISPR Trans-Migrations: Gene Editing and Consumer Choices”
    Blaine Maley (Anthropology and Anatomy, Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine)
    “Transplants, Xenotransplants, and the Prescience of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
    Agustín Fuentes (Anthropology, University of Notre Dame)
    “We are all composite creatures: evolution, genetics, ancestry, and false narratives of lineage purity in human becoming ”
    Chair: Holly Goodson (Molecular and Cell Biology and Biophysics, University of Notre Dame)
    Format: Five 12-minute papers followed by 30 minutes of discussion with audience

    10:30-11am                 Coffee Break in Global Gateway

    11-12:30pm                PANEL
    “I am a traveller”:
    Mary Jacobus (English, University of Cambridge)
    “Translating Inhospitality: Migration, Monstrosity, and the Other”
    Franca Dellarosa (Department of Letters, Language, and Arts, University of Bari Aldo Moro)
    “Frankenstein and the ‘perplexities of the rights of man’”
    Marina Calloni (Social and Political Philosophy, University of Milano-Bicocca)
    “Protecting Unaccompanied Minors.”
    Chair: Monika Nalepa (Political Science, University of Chicago)
    Format: Three 20-minute papers followed by 30 minutes of discussion with audience

    12:30-2:30pm              Lunch Break in Rome

    2:30-4pm                    ROUNDTABLE
    “I had no choice but to adapt my nature”:
    Greg Kucich (English, University of Notre Dame)
    “Peake’s Presumption of 1823”
    Jeffrey N. Cox (English, University of Colorado-Boulder)
    Melodramatic Frankenstein:  Radical Content in a Reactionary Form”
    Stuart Curran (English, University of Pennsylvania)
    Frankenstein and the Monstrosity of Literary Criticism”
    David Punter (English, University of Bristol)
    “Frankenstein in Baghdad”
    Anton Juan (Film, Television, and Theatre, University of Notre Dame)
    “Staging Presumption: Contemporizing the Creature”
    Chair: Yasmin Solomonescu (English, University of Notre Dame)
    Format: Five 12-minute papers followed by 30 minutes of discussion with audience

    4-5:30pm                     Closing Reception in Courtyard of Global Gateway

    Why Frankenstein Matters at 200: Rethinking the Human through the Arts and Sciences Conference (Rome 7/4-6/2018)

    Another conference outside the US:

    Why Frankenstein Matters at 200: Rethinking the Human through the Arts and Sciences, July 4-6, 2018

    This bicentennial conference on the persisting cultural and scientific impact of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein will take place July 4-6, 2018 at the University of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway facility, adjacent to the Coliseum. The conference will bring together a group of distinguished scholars (30-35) from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds across the sciences, humanities, and arts to interact on the continuing urgency of Frankenstein—the most widely taught novel worldwide at the university level—for a broad spectrum of pressing concerns in such fields as bioethics, genetics, artificial intelligence, evolutionary theory, environmental studies, race relations and colonialism, literary and theater studies, human rights, refugee studies, gender studies, disability studies, philosophy, and religious studies.

    The organizing theme of this event considers how Shelley’s gripping  novel, and its many theatrical and screen adaptations over the years, have shaped or may shape our evolving comprehension of the human experience, especially in relation to art, culture, science, technology, ethics, and politics most broadly conceived.

    The finalized conference line-up of speakers features, among other leading writers, Joyce Carol Oates and includes the following speakers:  Stuart Curran, Anne Mellor, Jeffrey Cox, Timothy Morton, David Punter, Mary Jacobus, James Chandler, Susan Wolfson, Serena Baiese, and Claire Connolly (literary studies and Romanticism); Steven B. Smith, Nancy J. Hirschmann, Marina Calloni, and David Archard (philosophy an
    d political theory); Monika Nalepa (political science); Franca Dellarosa (comparative literature); Elizabeth Young, Ron Leavao, and Devi Snively (film studies); Eben Kirksey, Jon Marks, and Tracey Betsinger (anthropology); Charles Gross (neuroscience); Sylvana Tomaselli (history); Lilla Maria Crisafulli (gender studies) and Holly Goodson (molecular and cell biology).
    Conference activities will also include a new feminist film adaptation of Frankenstein.
    The University of Notre Dame conference organizational team represents the interdisciplinary dynamic of this event:  Eileen Hunt Botting (Political Science); Agustin Fuentes (Anthropology); Anton Juan (Film, Television, and Theater); Greg Kucich (English), and Devi Snively (Independent Filmmaker/Anthropology).

    CFP The Fates of Frankenstein Conference (4/30/2018; Edinburgh 11/23-24/2018)

    Travel grant, please: 

    The Fates of Frankenstein

    deadline for submissions: 
    April 30, 2018
    full name / name of organization: 
    Edinburgh Napier University
    contact email: 
    Call for papers
    Conference: The Fates of Frankenstein
    23-24 November 2018, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh

    2018 sees a flourishing crop of events commemorating, one way or another, the bicentenary of Frankenstein’s publication. The Fates of Frankenstein is a two-day conference about adaptations and appropriations of Shelley’s novel.

    The fate of Frankenstein and his monstrous creation has been to outlive their original context. Indeed, Frankenstein almost immediately escaped its book covers into Richard Brinsley Peake’s 1823 stage adaptation, Presumption; or, the Fate of Frankenstein. Two hundred years later, Shelley’s compelling tale has given rise to what Audrey Fisch describes as a ‘panoply of manifestations and permutations’ in popular culture.

    This conference explores Frankenstein’s myriad cultural fates, in which it not only inspires new narratives and creative works but is also widely invoked by the media and in a range of social and scientific contexts. Over two anything-but-dreary days in November, the conference will take stock of the ways in which Frankenstein remains very much alive in 2018, and of trends and innovations in its adaptations, retellings, and reuses in the last two centuries.

    Confirmed speakers: Nick Dear, playwright; Professor Catherine Spooner, Lancaster University; Dr Daniel Cook, University of Dundee.

    Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
    • Frankenstein on television, in films, on stage
    • Frankenstein for young readers and viewers, in children’s literature, in YA
    • Frankenstein art, craft, fashion
    • Fandom, fan studies, fan fiction
    • Genre treatments: Gothic, horror, weird, SF, comedy, romance
    • Interdisciplinary Frankensteins: medical humanities, environmental humanities, digital humanities
    • Frankenstein and the social sciences
    • Frankenstein and the life sciences
    • Frankenstein in technology, robotics, AI
    • Frankenstein metaphors
    • Frankenstein in the news, in politics, in social media
    • Frankenstein in science communication
    • Graphic novels
    • Cartoons, animations
    • Creative writing
    • Music, soundtracks, performance
    We welcome proposals for traditional 20-minute papers, and also encourage pre-formed panels, round tables, performances, workshops (or other appropriate format).

    Please send proposals of around 250 words plus a short biography to the conference organisers Sarah Artt and Emily Alder at by 30 April 2018.

    Last updated January 30, 2018
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    CFP Dangerous Knowledge: 2018 PEAKS Interdisciplinary Conference (expired; Arizona 2/9/2018)

    Sorry to have missed posting this:

    Dangerous Knowledge: 2018 PEAKS Interdisciplinary Conference at Northern Arizona University

    deadline for submissions: 
    January 22, 2018
    full name / name of organization: 
    Northern Arizona University's Graduate English Organization
    contact email: 
    Keynote Speaker: Salvador Plascencia, author of The People of Paper

    Conference Date: Friday, February 9, 2018

    Contact Email:

    As an interdisciplinary conference, PEAKS encourages and accepts research from a wide range of scholarly and creative disciplines such as literature, linguistics, rhetoric, education, creative writing, history, art history, musicology, women and gender studies, film studies, science, philosophy, psychology, communications, and much more!  

    Dangerous Knowledge: 2018 PEAKS Interdisciplinary Conference at Northern Arizona University 
    EXTENDED Deadline for Submissions: January 22, 2018
    Full Name/ Name of Organization: NAU's Graduate English Organization
    Contact Email:
    Keynote Speaker: Salvador Plascencia, Harvey Mudd College, author of The People of Paper
    Conference Date and Time
    • Friday, February 9, 2018
    • Panels and Presentations: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Keynote Address: 6:30 p.m.
    Is knowledge dangerous? Under what circumstances does knowledge aid or hinder the individual? The community? What is the relationship between knowledge and progress; stagnation; desire? What does knowledge perpetuate? To honor the elements of language, communication, “otherness,” science and science-fiction, nature, psychology, history, and much more, and to discuss the implications of knowledge, the 2018 PEAKS Interdisciplinary Conference would like to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. In that spirit, PEAKS encourages submissions on the novel, the novel’s histories and themes, adaptations (film, print, other media), and Frankenstein and his creature as cultural icons. Topics not related to this year’s theme are also welcome!

    As an interdisciplinary conference, PEAKS encourages 15-20 minute papers from a wide range of scholarly and creative disciplines such as literature, linguistics, rhetoric, education, creative writing, history, art history, musicology, women and gender studies, film studies, psychology, and communications. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
    • Postcoloniality and “Otherness”
    • Science, Pseudoscience, and Science Fiction
    • Nature and Natural Sciences
    • Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, and Gender Studies
    • Quest for Knowledge; or, Dangerous Knowledge
    • Existence and Consciousness
    • Revenge and Revenge Narratives
    • “Birth” Myths and Family Studies
    • Construction and Creation Studies 
    • History and Historical Narratives
    • Philosophy, Morality, and Ethics
    • Image, Ego, and Formation of Identity
    • Language and Communication
    • Imaginary Geographics
    Types of Presentations: 
    • Individual Paper (8-10 pages, 15-20 minutes with Q & A) 
    • Research Project (15-20 minutes with Q & A) 
    • Creative Writing (15-20 minutes with Q & A) 
    • Panels (3-4 Presenters) (60-90 minutes)  
    Please submit proposals of no more than 250 words along with a brief, 50 words or less, description of the paper to be used on the conference website. Use the “Submit” link on by the extended deadline: January 22, 2018.

    Direct Link for Submission
    Contact Email:

    Creature Re-feature: Frankenstein at 200 at NeMLA (4/14/2018)

    49th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association, April 12 to 15, 2018
    Omni William Penn 
    (full conference details at

    16.4 Creature Re-feature: Frankenstein at 200
    Saturday, Apr 14; Track 16 (01:30-03:00)

    Chair: Rikk Mulligan, Carnegie Mellon University
    Location: Carnegie III (Media Equipped)

    Cultural Studies and Media Studies & Anglophone

    "Fresh Horrors of Frankenstein: Representations in Recent Comics"
    Michael Torregrossa, Unaffiliated

    "Liberal Secret Agent Frankenstein"
    Avery Wiscomb, Carnegie Mellon University

    "Dreadful Doctor: Tempering Genius with Empathy to End the Curse of Frankenstein"
    Rikk Mulligan, Carnegie Mellon University

    "Mary Shelley among the Daleks: Reconfigurations of Frankenstein in the New Doctor Who"
    Timothy Ruppert, Slippery Rock University

    Saturday, September 30, 2017

    PCA Update 9/30

    There is one day until the submission deadline for our sponsored session for PCA 2018 on children's and young adult versions of Frankenstein. I am disappointed to report that so far we have received ZERO proposals.

    I am assuming the session will not be running.

    My thanks to those that have helped spread the word about the call. Your efforts are much appreciated.

    We will focus our attention now on promoting NEPCA 2018. Details can be found in the call for papers section of this site.

    Michael Torregrossa
    Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area Chair

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017

    Han Cholo's Frankenstein

    A quick update, all of the items from ThinkGeek licensed by Universal Studios are part of a larger product line from designer Han Cholo.

    You can view all of the items and more at

    A Shocking New Discovery?

    A final post on ThinkGeek. The retailer has yet another item licensed from Universal Studios. This one is a pin designed to resemble some of the apparatus in the lab of Henry Frankenstein. (That's not a typo; remember Universal reverses the first names of Victor and Henry Clerval.) 

    Ordering instructions and full details at: