Sunday, August 7, 2016

Frankenstein 200 Years Later: A Call for Papers, Media, and More! Due Nov. 22nd, 2016!

Welcome to the official blog for the 2017 Frankenstein Colloquium, which will be hosted at The Oakridge School on January 30, 2017. We're excited here at Oakridge to host our third colloquium, and we hope that this year's gathering will be more expansive and more inclusive than any previous iteration. (Go here and here to see previous years' blogs for the colloquia we hosted in the past).

This year, we're examining Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 200 years after its original publication. Although the original text appeared as early as 1818, we'll be reading the significantly revised 1831 version. I highly recommend the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, which can be found here, and looks like this:
  • ISBN-10: 0143105035 | ISBN-13: 978-0143105039
We are inviting schools of the metroplex area (and beyond) to respond to our Calls for Student Work because On Jan. 30th, 2017, The Oakridge School plans to host students and faculty from the surrounding area (and beyond) to celebrate one of popular culture’s most influential stories. Students from multiple schools will have the opportunity to share their work on a literary classic in front of peers and faculty of the surrounding community. Students whose submissions are selected will present in various workshops with the expectation that there will be discussion and reflection afterwards. Of course all students, faculty, and parents are welcome to attend as a participatory audience regardless of whether a submission is accepted or not, so please join our collaboration, and remember that the call for proposals due date is Nov. 22nd, 2016!

On the website, you will find three categories for Calls for Student Work:
(1) a Call for Papers
(2) a Call for 2D Art & Film
(3) a Call for MakerSpace Designs & Products 

Please take a look at the various pages (found in the tabs at the top of this website) for more instructions and information about the different types of opportunities to participate as well as more on how to submit students' work. 

The Form+ for sharing submissions (which are due Nov. 22nd, 2016!) can be found here

All submissions will be judged by a committee of faculty persons and administrators from various schools that plan to participate in the colloquium. All students of participating schools are encouraged to attend and enjoy the festivities regardless of whether submissions are accepted. Students whose work is accepted will be notified sometime in December 2016, and the event will take place at The Oakridge School on January 30th, 2017.

An Invitation to Start Collaborating Now!

In addition to coming together in January to share student work, we'd like to invite potential participants from all schools to join us on this blog to have conversations, share insights, and build a collaborative learning community online. At Oakridge, we plan to begin reading the novel August 29th, 2016, and to continue studying the text intensively for the month of September. We'll be making posts, sharing work, and starting conversations on this website. To all instructors, I will share administrative privileges for this blog to anyone who wants their students to post online and join the collaborative conversation. (Email me at Also, take a look at the left-side column for links to Google Docs (that anyone can edit) that are divided by chunks of chapters from Shelley's novel. The idea is to provide a kind of sandbox place where students can share notes, questions, insights, etc. Again join us and contribute, even if you're reading the novel later than us.

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact me:

Jared Colley

We hope you join the bicentennial celebration of Mary Shelley's most famous work of literature!