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 https://FrankensteinandtheFantastic.blogspot.com/.
Please contact area chair Michael A. Torregrossa at FrankensteinandtheFantastic@gmail.com, 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 https://nepca.blog/2018-conference/. 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 FrankensteinandtheFantastic@gmail.com, 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 https://nepca.blog/membership-information/.