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Why Frankenstein Matters at 200: Rethinking the Human through the Arts and Sciences

July 4, 2018 - July 6, 2018

University of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway


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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, arts, and social sciences 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, philosophical 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 such major authorities on Romanticism as Stuart Curran, Anne Mellor, Jeffrey Cox, Timothy Morton, David Punter, Mary Jacobus, James Chandler, Susan Wolfson, and Claire Connolly.  Conference activities will also include a new feminist film adaptation of Bride of Frankenstein as well as an original re-staging of the first theatrical adaptation of the novel, Presumption, or the Fate of Frankenstein, by Richard Peake (1823).


July 4, 2018
July 6, 2018
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University of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway
Via Ostilia, 15
Rome, Italy