An Interdisciplinary Conference Exploring Mary Shelley and Gothic Legacies

On the 31st October and 1st November 2018, AUB and St Peter’s Church, in association with Bournemouth University, are teaming up to celebrate the bicentenary of Frankenstein. Influential around the world, the 1818 masterpiece, Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus, is Mary Shelley’s most iconic work and continues to inspire new generations of fans.


Part of the Shelly Frankenstein Festival, this academic conference is located in the unique and perhaps fitting venue of St Peter’s Church. This event will offer different perspectives on Mary Shelley, her writings, her family, and friend-circle, in addition to her most famous work.

Frankenstein Unbound will also include eye-opening presentations from respected academics, Chancellor Sir Christopher Frayling of AUB, and Professor Elaine Graham from the University of Chester.


Date: Wednesday 31st October & Thursday 1st November 2018
Location: Conference – St Peter’s Church, Bournemouth
Keynote Speakers: Sir Christopher Frayling, Chancellor, Arts University Bournemouth, Professor Elaine Graham, University of Chester, Professor Sir Peter Cook, CRAB Studios (TBC)


If you are interested in being a part of this exciting event. We welcome proposals for themed panel sessions (maximum three papers), individual twenty-minute presentations, or creative submissions from practitioners and scholars of all fields. We particularly encourage submissions from postgraduate students and Early Career Researchers.

Papers and presentations are to be themed around, but not limited to, the following:

  • Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, and the Romantics
  • Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley
  • Mary Shelley beyond Frankenstein
  • The Shelley family: history and legacy
  • Monstrous Romantics
  • Frankenstein and the sea
  • Theology and Frankenstein
  • Frankenstein and philosophy
  • Frankenstein at home and abroad
  • Adaptations and afterlives
  • Frankenstein and medical humanities
  • The abject and the sublime
  • Frankenstein and emotion
  • Guilt and crime in Frankenstein
  • Interpretations of Frankenstein in the creative industries (Film, Art, Theatre, Dance, Writing etc)
  • Mary Shelley and Gothic legacies
  • Gothic architecture
  • The Gothic imagination

Please submit an abstract (300 words) and a short biography (100 words) to by Friday 29th June 2018.

Go to the Frankenstein Unbound website for updates and more information.