FrankenWeek

Frankenweek

Gothic Beginnings and Monstrous Legacies: An Exhibition Celebrating 200 Years of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Curated by Lindsey Seatter and Caroline Winter (Department of English)

Dates: October 29-November 30, 2018

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room A005

This exhibition celebrates the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein by highlighting rare books and materials that illuminate the text's literary influences and cultural inheritances. The exhibit features items from UVic Libraries' Special Collections, including fantastical Gothic novels, some of Shelley's illustrated publications, and a diverse sampling of visual, literary, and theatrical adaptations—including materials from Canadian playwrights Alden Nowlan and Walter Learning.


Frankenweek

Treasures and Tea: Gothic Beginnings and Monstrous Legacies: A Panel and Exhibition Celebrating 200 Years of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Panelists: David Eso, Robert Miles, and Caroline Winter (Department of English)
Moderator: Lindsey Seatter (Department of English)

Date: October 29, 2018

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room 210

In the summer of 1816, on the banks of Lake Geneva, a young Mary Shelley wrote a ghost story about the re-animation of a corpse as a means of entertaining her literary friends. Today, 200 years since its publication, Shelley's Frankenstein has become a touchstone text with prolific and lasting impacts in the fields of literature, science, art, and philosophy. Drawing on materials from the University of Victoria Libraries' Special Collections and featuring speakers from the Department of English, this panel will explore the literary influences and cultural inheritances of Frankenstein by exploring its gothic beginnings and monstrous legacies.

As space is limited, please RSVP.

This event is part of FrankenWeek at the University of Victoria. FrankenWeek is a series of interdisciplinary events celebrating the history, text, themes, and performance of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. FrankenWeek events are open to the University of Victoria's students, faculty, and staff, as well as the general public. For more information.


Special Workshops as part of FrankenWeek

Reanimating Monsters with Arduino

Monday, October 29 | 12:00-1:30 p.m.

This event will feature a very brief presentation about Victorian experiments in science, electricity, and resurrection that lend context to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, as well as its relevance to present-day artificial intelligence (AI) . Participants will have the chance to create their own little monsters or modest AIs using Arduino—a credit card-sized computer for sensing and interacting with the physical world.

This event is suitable for beginners. No experience with Arduino or programming is assumed or required.Participants should bring a laptop or borrow one from the Library’s Music and Media desk on the first floor.

FREE Registration

Leader: Tiffany Chan


Special Workshops as part of FrankenWeek

Frankenreads Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Tuesday, October 30 | 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

This special workshop will teach you how to edit the most powerful, free information resource on the web: Wikipedia. Users will be walked through the process of creating Wikipedia accounts and will be trained in the ins-and-outs of editing articles. Wikipedia Edit-a-thons are a powerful tool in helping recover the forgotten/ignored/repressed histories in the past. In celebration of Mary Shelley’s great novel, we’ll learn how to identify and verify information on the pages of famous female authors. Or, we can check to see if your favourite author has an appropriate entry.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and experts. No experience of Wikipedia is necessary. Participants should bring a laptop or borrow one from the Library’s Music and Media desk on the first floor.

FREE Registration

Leader: Matt Huculak