In honor of the bicentennial of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, the Center for the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis will host the conference Frankenstein at 200 on October 13, 2017. 

The conference brings together scholars from several universities and disciplines, including history, philosophy, fine arts, literature, Africana studies and performing arts. Our goal is to foster discussion on a range of topics broached in the novel and still relevant today. These include the social responsibilities of scientists, the possibilities and pitfalls of altering living matter, the aesthetics of ugliness, the challenges of post-humanism, the complexities of female authorship and the on-going power of Frankenstein to inform narratives of racial revolt, colonial oppression, disabled identities and environmental disaster. The conference speakers will also contribute essays to a special issue of The Common Reader to be guest edited in 2018 by Corinna Treitel.

This conference is sponsored by the Center for the Humanities with help from the Kemper Art Museum, the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, and the Interdisciplinary Program in the Humanities as well as the departments of American Culture Studies, English, History, Performing Arts, Philosophy, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Please join us for a wide-ranging conversation about this famous and fascinating novel!

DATE: October 13, 2017
PLACE: Umrath Lounge, Danforth Campus, Washington University in St. Louis
CONTACT: Corinna Treitel, Associate Professor of History, ctreitel@wustl.edu