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;
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.
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4EcI8fcKqs
Carleton Program Committee: Dr. James Deaville, Dr. James Wright, and Dr. Alexis Luko