Deadline: February 28, 2014
No work of literature has done more to shape the way humans imagine science and its consequences than Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s enduring tale of creation and responsibility. In Frankenstein, Shelley established the creature and creator tropes that continue to resonate with contemporary audiences and influence the way we confront emerging technologies, conceptualize scientific research, imagine the motivations and ethical struggles of scientists and weigh the benefits of research with its unforeseen pitfalls.
The Frankenstein Bicentennial Project – a global, interdisciplinary network of people and institutions headquartered at Arizona State University – will celebrate the bicentennial of the writing and publication of Frankenstein from 2016-2018 with exhibits, performances, scientific demonstrations, writing contests, film screenings, installations, public conversations and educational experiences that use the Frankenstein myth as a touchstone for science education, ethics and artistry.
From April 28-30, 2014, ASU will host a National Science Foundation-funded workshop to build a community of scholars across a wide variety of fields to collaborate on the project, to begin designing and planning public programs, intellectual endeavors and tangible outcomes like journal issues, books or performances as part of the Bicentennial celebration. The committee will accept at least 5 applicants to participate in the workshop, along with approximately sixty ASU faculty and invited guests. We will give preference to early-career researchers in relevant fields, but senior scholars should not be dissuaded from applying. All allowable, workshop-related travel expenses (e.g., economy round-trip airfare, 2-3 nights at the workshop hotel, transfers and meals).
If you are interested in participating in the workshop, the committee invites you to submit an application at http://frankenstein.asu.edu/apply. You will be asked to submit a 1-2 page CV and a cover letter discussing your interest in Frankenstein and what you could contribute to the workshop. You will also be asked to select which of our eight working groups you are most interested in:·
Exhibits and Installations:Frankenstein and the Creation of Life·
Frankenstein: A Critical Edition for Scientists and Engineers·
“It’s Alive!” Frankenstein on Film·
Monsters on Stage: Frankenstein in Theater and Performance·
“MOOCenstein” – Frankenstein Goes Global·
Engineering Life: Distributed Demonstrations·
Bringing Nonfiction to Life: Frankenstein and Science Writing