Frankenstein Unbound is an interdisciplinary conference exploring Mary Shelley and gothic legacies organised by Arts University Bournemouth, Bournemouth University and St Peter’s Church
Part of the Shelley Frankenstein Festival celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of the world famous book, the two-day conference opened on Halloween and is now in its second day at St Peter’s Church, the burial place of Mary Shelley.
The event, featuring a range of academics from the UK, Germany and the USA, comprises a number of panel discussions as well as keynote speeches from Professor Nick Groom, of the University of Exeter, and Professor Elaine Graham, of the University of Chester.
The conference team is made up of AUB’s Dr James Cole, Course Leader, BA (Hons) Creative Writing, Dr Julia Round, Principal Lecturer, Bournemouth University, Dr Maxine Gee, Lecturer in Screenwriting, Bournemouth University, Dr Rebecca Mills, Faculty of Media and Communication, Bournemouth University and the Rev’d Dr Ian Terry, St Peter’s Church.
Alongside teaching at the University of Exeter, Professor Groom has written extensively on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and was editor for the most recent release of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein by Oxford University Press.
His talk was titled Frankenstein 2.0 and the other keynote speech, from Professor Graham was called Is Frankenstein a Modern Myth?
Professor Graham describes herself as a practical theologian interested in the relationship between beliefs and actions, and wrote the book Between a Rock and a Hard Place.
The event celebrated the work of AUB students and also featured the launch of the Shelley’s Heart digital app, an interactive, multi-media experience featuring modern versions of Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and John Keats, plus the ghost of Percy Shelley.