The Monster Conference, which aims to examine the legacy of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, is an interdisciplinary conference hosted by Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln; it has grown out of the work of the Interest Group Literature and Literacy which founded itself in the autumn of 2017.

There is something ubiquitous about Monsters. The conference approaches Monsters and the Monstrous through the contexts of Education, History, Literature and Society, including panels on Monsters in Literature written for Children and Dramatic Adaptations as well as Architecture, Science & Technology and Art.

Monstrosity and the Monstrous apply, in the first instance, to social and cultural threats; i.e. to behaviours and (visual) qualities which are deemed socially and culturally unacceptable because they are perceived as amoral or unimaginable. The conference will explore the relevance of these concepts and to see how academic research intersects with popular culture. Through its keynotes and panel discussions, this conference wants to further engagement with the different incarnations of Monsters in contemporary research and teaching.

The conference will include a movie screening, the monster movie The Host (2006) by the acclaimed South Korean director Joon-ho Bong, as well as a Monster Story Telling Competition, which will involve BGU students.

Looking forward,

Pat Beckley, Sibylle Erle, Helen Hendry, Janice Morris and Ruth Pearson