Alumni, Conferences, Open to the Public, Talks & Lectures
7–9 Mar 2018
Howe Center, Bissinger Room

Technologies of Frankenstein Conference

Co-hosted by the College of Arts and Letters and IEEE History Center

Technologies of Frankenstein Conference

The College of Arts and Letters and the IEEE History Center present the conference titled, Technologies of Frankenstein, 1818-2018. The 200th anniversary year of the first edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus has drawn worldwide interest in revisiting the novel’s themes. What were those themes and what is their value to us in the early twenty-first century? Mary Shelley was rather vague as to how Victor, a young medical student, managed to reanimate a person cobbled together from parts of corpses. The imagination of the novel’s readership outfitted Victor’s laboratory with the chemical and electrical technologies that brought the creature to life. Subsequent theatrical and cinematic versions of Frankenstein have been, like the creature, patched together from the novel and from contemporary popular press as well as public demonstrations of medical, chemical and electrical research.

The conference begins on Wednesday, March 7 at 4 p.m. with the Charles E. Robinson Memorial Lecture titled, Frankenstein, Frankenstein, and the Dream of Science being presented by Susan Wolfson of Princeton University. Pre-registration for the Wednesday lecture is not required. The conference continues on Thursday, March 8 and Friday, March 9 with talks, panel discussions and networking. If planning to attend these additional days, please register via the conference webpage.

To view the conference agenda and to register, please visit

Student Poster Contest Submissions

Accepted poster submissions will be displayed at the conference where attendees will vote for their favorite entries. The competition is open to all Stevens students regardless of major or area of interest.

Submissions should include:

  1. a poster title showing relevance to the theme “The Frankenstein Thing in the 21st Century”
  2. a brief researched historical background about the chosen topic

DEADLINE UPDATE: The final deadline for poster submissions is Friday, March 2.
DELIVER YOUR POSTER TO: IEEE History Center - Williams Library, room 350
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Lisa Nocks at [email protected]

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