2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s seminal gothic novel Frankenstein. In honour of this occasion, members of the Centre for Early Modern Studies have partnered with the Frankenreads project – a global community of scholars and enthusiasts committed to celebrating Shelley’s remarkable achievement – to coordinate a Limerick-based series of events culminating in a public reading of Frankenstein on 31 October 2018. It is envisioned that these events will take place between 22-31 October, drawing attention to the vibrant, engaged research and teaching culture at UL and MIC as well as to creativity and collaborative initatives across the wider Limerick community.
We invite proposals from the UL/MIC community and its partners for events including, but not limited to, lectures, seminars, readings, screenings, performance-based interpretations/responses, experiments, exhibitions, and discussions. Events may focus on any aspect of the novel, its authorship, and its publication and dissemination. However, we particularly welcome inter- and cross-disciplinary proposals on the following topics/themes:
- Frankenstein, medicine, and the medical imaginary;
- Frankenstein and scientific revolution(s)/future(s);
- Frankenstein and nineteenth-century history;
- Frankenstein’s afterlives in literature and visual culture;
- Frankenstein and its material culture;
- Frankenstein’s texts and inter-texts;
- Frankenstein and gender;
- Frankenstein and the university;
- Frankenstein and its environment(s);
- Mary Shelley and Frankenstein online;
- Mary Shelley and her peers.
Proposals from/involving students and student societies are especially encouraged, as are those linked to cultural institutions and community-based groups in Limerick and the Shannon region.
Please send queries and proposals to Dr Tina Morin and Dr Carrie Griffin at firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, 31 May 2018.