Past Event: Feminism, Frankenstein and the Future

Date: Monday 7th November 2016

Time: 9am – 5pm

‘Fear not that I shall be the instrument of future mischief’ – Feminism, Frankenstein and the Future. Public seminar

The BU Women’s Academic Network and Bournemouth Shelley-Frankenstein Steering Group join with the ESRC Festival of Social Science for a 1-day event of seminars and panel discussions.

Registration 9.00-9.30
The day comprises 3 parts with each session approx.

9.45-11.45 Session 1.
‘Question Time’ style debate – Wollstonecraft’s legacy: feminism for then and now!
a. introduction to A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

Tea/coffee break 11.00-11.15
b. panellists take questions from the audience concerning the relevance of feminism today and the enduring contribution of Wollstonecraft.
Panel: confirmed Professor Candida Yates (author of The Play of Political Culture, Emotion and Identity), Dr Charlotte Gordon (author of Romantic Outlaws), Roberta Wedge (from Mary-on-the-Green campaign http://www.maryonthegreen.org) and Christine Aziz (local author of the play ‘Mary Shelley Goes to Hollywood’)
Chair: Dr Heather Savigny, Faculty of Media & Communication, BU

12.00-14.00 Buffet lunch, networking and lunch time film showing of Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’

14.00-16.00 Session 2: ‘Question Time’ debate – Ethics, prosthetics and cosmeticisation: Troubling Dr Frankenstein in the 21st Century.

a. introduction to key elements of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

15.00-15.15 Tea/coffee break

b. panellists take questions from the audience concerning cosmetic, prosthetic, genetic, and life-enhancing surgery/medicine.
Panel: (confirmed) Dr Peri Bradley (editor of Food, Media and Contemporary Culture
The Edible Image), Revd Dr Ian Terry (Team Rector of St Peter’s Town Parish Church), Dr Ian McRury (author of The Inner World of Doctor Who: psychoanalytic reflections in time and space) and Professor Sara Ashencaen Crabtree (co-convenor of the BU Women’s Academic Network)

Chair: Professor Jonathan Parker, Professor of Society & Social Welfare, Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, Bournemouth University

16.00-17.00 Closing, networking, canapés and wine

Location: Bournemouth University, Executive Business Centre, Holdenhurst Road, Lansdowne, room EB306 Map.

Cost: Free

How to book: Tickets  are free but need to be booked online in advance. Click HERE to book.

Access to the venue: Located centrally with good transport links. The venue is accessible to all.

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