Frankenstein: Two Hundred Years of Monsters

Frankenstein 2018: Two Hundred Years of Monsters

12 ‐ 15 September 2018
The Australian National University and the National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra

Presented by the ANU School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics and the Humanities Research Centre, in conjunction with the National Film and Sound Archive, and generously supported by the ANU Gender Institute.

Our Frankenstein conference kicks off at 5pm on Wednesday 12 September: a 200th birthday celebration of Mary Shelley’s classic novel and its monstrous progeny in literature, film and popular culture.

The conference includes four stimulating lectures by our keynote speakers:

  1. 12 September: Frankenstein and Transformation (Professor Sharon Ruston, Lancaster)
  2. 13 September: Adaptation and Experimentation: Frankenstein in the Cinema and Beyond (Assistant Professor Shane Denson, Stanford)
  3. 14 September: ‘Just ‘Friends’: Frankenstein and the Friend to Come (Professor Julie Carlson, University of California, Santa Barbara)
  4. 15 September: Domesticating Fear: re-reading Frankenstein in the 21st century (Professor Genevieve Bell, Australian National University)

(Prof Julie Carlson’s keynote address is generously supported by funding from the ANU Gender Institute:

We also have 45 speakers presenting papers across a huge diversity of topics, an art exhibition, a creative workshop, a magic lantern show, and of course cinema screenings at Australia’s National Film and Sound Archive (see: ).

The draft program is available below.

Please direct any inquiries to Penny Brew at

We look forward to welcoming you in September!


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Date & time

Wed 12 Sep 2018, 9am – Sat 15 Sep 2018, 5pm


Australian National University


Russell Smith


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