Call for Papers
The Gothic, the Abject and the Supernatural: 200 Years of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
October 31- November 1, 2019
Carleton University, Ottawa

After two centuries, the Frankenstein myth—and indeed Gothic horror in general—has proven remarkably resilient, continuing to fascinate the Western cultural imaginary in literature as well as visual art, music, film, drama, women’s studies, cultural studies, and related​ disciplines. The impact and​ resonance Mary Shelley's 1818 novel has had, very broadly, across the spectrum of cultural history is fertile ground for a fresh examination that brings these disciplines together. Our conference seeks to foster the creation of knowledge about the extraordinarily influential tale in an environment of multidisciplinary dialogue and engagement. The program committee invites submission on topics including (but not restricted to) areas of inquiry such as the following:​

Frankenstein and the Gothic in music, film, visual arts, and architecture;
The Gothic Imagination, conceptions of the Gothic;
Frankenstein as “Other”;
Frankenstein as Christian allegory​;
Mary Shelley and her creative milieu;
Frankenstein reception;
Issues relating to robotics, automatons, artificial intelligence;
Related gender issues, then and now​;
Frankenstein and disability.

We are delighted to host as keynote speaker Kevin Donnelly, author of The Shining (2018) and The Spectre of Sound: Music in Film and Television (2005), among other publications.

Abstracts should include a title, the author's name, academic or professional affiliation, and a bio of 100-150 words. The abstract should not exceed 250 words and should be submitted in Word (.doc, .docx) format as an attachment by March 15, 2019 to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On the evening of Friday, November 1st, our conference participants and attendees are invited to attend the Ottawa premiere performance of Andrew Ager's opera Frankenstein at Carleton’s new Dominion-Chalmers downtown concert venue. YouTube excerpts from the opera can be viewed at: 


Carleton Program Committee: Dr. James Deaville, Dr. James Wright, and Dr. Alexis Luko

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