Frankenstein: UQ Winter School 2023

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.

The Western Civilisation Winter School is a two-and-a-half-day residential program that will introduce you to key themes in the novel Frankenstein. 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’s Integrated Pathology Learning Centre which incorporates objects from the Marks-Hirschfeld Museum of Medical History collection
  • a Frankenstein-themed movie night

If you like reading, writing, or thinking about big ideas, this is the Winter School for you. 

Registrations are now closed. 

Frankenstein: UQ Winter School 2023

Mon 26 Jun 2023 3:00pmWed 28 Jun 2023 1:30pm

Monday 26 June to Wednesday 28 June 2023Women's College, College Rd, St Lucia QLD 4067The Winter School is open to all Year 11 and Year 12 high school students.

The Winter School is free. Accommodation and full-board during the Winter School are provided. Travel subsidies for students with financial disadvantage and/or who are travelling from over 400 km away from Brisbane are available.
Due Date for submission of your Expression of Interest 11:59 pm Sunday 30 April 2023*

* Please note there will be no one to assist with your submission after 5pm Friday 28 April 2023.

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