Few monsters have proven as popular as Frankenstein. He is the star of countless movies, comics, and tv series. Generations of audiences have been thrilled and terrified as he lurched across the screen.

Ever since it was published in 1818, Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus has captivated readers with its tragic tale of Victor Frankenstein and the monster that he created. Explore how Mary Shelley wove together revolutionary philosophy, scientific breakthroughs in the study of ‘animal electricity,’ and biblical narratives to create a classic of gothic fiction.

This two-and-a-half-day residential Summer School will introduce students to key themes in the text. It will explore the ethical questions that the text raises about humanity, the origins of life, and the limits of science. 

It will also provide opportunities to discuss the influences on Mary Shelley’s writing as well as how Frankenstein has influenced modern popular culture and debates.  

Other activities include:

  • an evening of ghost stories (in imitation of Lord Byron’s famous ghost story competition which led to the conception of Frankenstein),
  • a trip to UQ Integrated Pathology Learning Centre which incorporates objects from Marks Hirschfeld Museum of Medical History collection.
  • an afternoon session on leadership and how to be a ‘ChangeMaker’,
  • a Frankenstein themed movie night.

The Summer School is free. Accommodation and full-board during the Summer School is provided. Travel subsidies for students with financial disadvantage and/or who are travelling from over 400 km away from Brisbane are available.


Mon 17 Jan 2022 3:00pmWed 19 Jan 2022 4:00pm

Mon 3pm - Wed 4pm  17/01 - 19/01/2022King’s College, UQ, 72 Upland Rd, St Lucia QLD 4067The Summer School is open to all students who will be entering into years 11 and 12 in 2022. Please submit your Expression of Interest here

For more information, email westernciv@uq.edu.au.