Reading Frankenstein: Then, Now, Next
A Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818-2018)
Toronto, 25-31 October 2018
Thursday, October 25, 7 p.m., Charbonnel Lounge. The Cinema Studies Institute will present the 2014 science fiction hit Ex Machina, directed by Alex Garland and starring Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson. The screening will follow an introductory talk by CSI professor Brian Jacobson, who will discuss the film’s modern take on the Frankenstein story, updated for the age of artificial intelligence.
Friday, October 26, 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Charbonnel Lounge. St. Michael’s will host an “academic campfire” titled Reading Frankenstein: Then, Now, Next. This three-part symposium will gather literary scholars, historians, ethicists, computer scientists, science fiction writers and futurologists—and invite students to participate in discussions about the ethical dimension of their technological practices. You can read an itinerary for this event here, and RSVP here.
Monday, October 29, 7 p.m., Charbonnel Lounge. St. Michael’s professor Jean-Olivier Richard will host a screening of Mel Brooks’ classic horror spoof Young Frankenstein (1974), which opens a window on on the tradition of humorous appropriations of Mary Shelley’s famous gothic story. Professor Richard will offer popcorn and an introduction before the screening, and a discussion will follow.