Frankenstein: Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein, and the Creature in the Contemporary World

Date / Time

  • March 18, 2021
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


While Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, (just) over 200 years ago, the myths of the author, the scientist and the creature have spread across time in many forms and media. Starting from a new bicentennial edition of the novel co-edited by the speaker, David H. Guston, this talk will reintroduce these three characters and discuss their relevance in a contemporary world in which the relations among gender, politics, science, and ethics are as fraught as they ever have been. 

An audience Q&A will follow the presentation. This program will be held on Zoom. After registration, you will receive the link via email. Be sure to check your spam folder. 



About the Speaker

David H. Guston is Foundation Professor at Arizona State University, where he directs the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, within ASU’s College of Global Futures. He is also the associate vice provost for discovery, engagement and outcomes in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory, which houses CGF as well as the 20+ centers and initiatives of the Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation. A political scientist by training, he is prolific and highly cited scholar of the politics of science and technology. He was initiator and co-leader of ASU’s Frankenstein Bicentennial Project, and he co-edited (with Ed Finn and Jason Robert) a 200th anniversary of edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus (MIT Press, 2018). He has an undergraduate degree from Yale and his PhD from MIT.


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