Conference Schedule



October 13, 2017

Umrath Lounge, Washington University in St. Louis

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9:00 am          Welcome and introduction

9:15-10:45       Panel 1: Frankenstein 1818

Discussant: Guinn Batten, Associate Professor, Department of English

Denise Gigante (English, Stanford University), "Too Much Life: Romantic Monstrosity in Frankenstein"

Jane Gordon (Political Science, University of Connecticut), "Of Woman Born: Mary's Monster"

Erika Milam (History, Princeton University), "Frankenstein and the Scientific Self"

10:45-11:00     Coffee break

11:00-12:30     Panel 2: Frankenstein Reborn

Discussant: Rebecca Wanzo, Associate Professor, Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Lewis Gordon (Philosophy, University of Connecticut), "The Creature and the Black: Reading Frankenstein with Black Skin, White Masks"

Henry Schvey (Performing Arts, Washington University in St. Louis), "'Puttin' On the Ritz': Frankenstein and Popular Culture"

Elizabeth Young (English, Mount Holyoke College), "Black Frankenstein at the Bicentennial"

12:30-2:00       Lunch

2:00-3:30         Panel 3: The Monster's Body

Discussant: William McKelvy, Associate Professor, Department of English

Lennard Davis (English, University of Illinois at Chicago), "Disabling Frankenstein"

Michael Bess (History, Vanderbilt University), "Viral Frankenstein: When millions of people can re-engineer their own biology"

Patricia Olynyk (Art, Sam Fox School, Washington University in St. Louis), "Redesigning Humans: Art and the Technological Future"

3:30-3:45         Coffee break

3:45-4:45         Frankenstein's Futures (closing discussion)

5:00-6:30         Reception and Frankenstein display (Kemper Art Museum, atrium and kemper 104)

Join us for light refreshments and view a selection of artworks from the Kemper Museum’s permanent collection that speak to selected themes from Frankenstein. Works on view include Ed Bereal’s Self-Portrait from S.M.S No. 6 (1968), in which the artist inserts an image of himself into a still from the 1939 movie Son of Frankenstein, engaging with the novel’s critical reflections on identity and otherness. Additional works address the role of science in the contemporary world, such as Catherine Wagner’s Ultra High Vacuum Chamber (1992), a photograph of high-tech machines from her Frankenstein series.