Event Schedule 2021


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Last update: April 16, 2021
UPDATED Time schedule of the 2021 conference. Status: April 16, 2021.
STOP THE PRESS: Alas, Angieszka Łowczanin had to cancel her participation. But, we have a brandnew contribution: we will wach a 5 minute horror movie by London-based filmmaker Neil Monaghan; see www.neilmonaghanfilm.com/
The movie is scheduled on Saturday at 12:30 (London Time). Neil will be available for questions and answers!
And: Roberto Cavalcante Rodrigues will make a live presentation with PowerPoint, instead of submitting a pre-recorded presentation. Hear, hear!
Here is the UPDATEDTIME SCHEDULE for our COTN International Dracula Conference, April 16-18, 2021! We have used GMT+1, which is the time in London during the daylight saving season. To check what this means for you personally, you must convert the indicated times to the time of your own time zone! For people east of the UK, the times will be later, for people west of the UK, the times will be earlier. You can easily find your own timezone . If you live in Michigan, just google "Michigan GMT" (without
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Updated list of submitted abstracts for the 2021 conference. Status: April 22, 2021.
Here is the updated list of submitted abstracts, for the keynote speakers and the plenary speakers, each in alphabetical order (last name of the speaker). PLEASE, CHECK AGAIN whether your name, title/profession, affiliation and location are spelled out correctly and completely!! I made some minor edits to have a (more or less) uniform use of capitalization, italics, hyphens and m-dash, single or double apostrophs, etc., and looked up some words I did not understand. So, please DOUBLECHECK the text of your abstract, as this document, in its final form, will survive us all (except the immortals among us).
Dracula Congress Abstracts 2021 April22,
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  1. William Hughes (Professor for English Literature at the University of Macau; former Professor at Bath Spa University; former President of the International Gothic Association).

  2. Marius Crişan (Associate Professor at the Teacher Training Dept., West University of Timișoara).

  3. Sorcha Ní Fhlainn (Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, Gothic and American Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University).

  4. Victoria Amador (Assistant Professor of English at the American University of Sharjah).

  5. Clemens Ruthner (Professor at the Dept. for German and Central European Studies at Trinity College, Dublin, and Director of Research at its School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies.).

  6. Magdalena Grabias (Assistant Professor at the Department of Cultural Studies at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland).

  7. Hans Corneel de Roos (Independent researcher, Netherlands/Germany/Philippines). Hans will present a video documentary on Philippine vampires and other mythical creatures (76 min., HD)



  1. Duncan Light (Senior Lecturer In Tourism at Bournemouth University): Hotel Castel Dracula Reconsidered.

  2. Kevin Wetmore (Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles): Playing the Vampire/The Vampire Play: Adapting Dracula for the Theatre in Postmodern, Comedic and Children’s Productions

  3. Connor Long-Johnson (Student at University of Greenwich, UK): Dracula and Stephen King.

  4. Patricia Hradec (PHD in Language, Professor of Language and Literature, São Paulo, Brazil): Lestat de Lioncourt: Villain, Hero and Prince.

  5. Prodosh Bhattacharya (Professor of English at Jadavpur University, Kolkata): Dracula and Dracula in Bengali and in Bengal.

  6. Yuri Garcia (Professor at Universidade Estácio de Sá. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): Dracula, the Mediatic Vampire: the Movies that Created the Contemporary Myth.

  7. Peter Gölz (Associate Professorat University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada): Nosferatu’s Cats: Undead Genre Conventions in Murnau, Herzog, and Merhige.

  8. Eva Szekely (Lecturer at University of Oradea): From Liminoid to Liminal: Victorian London in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

  9. Florin Nechita (Associate Professor at Transilvania University, Braşov, Romania): Dracula - A Marketing Perspective. Alternative: Dracula - The Ingredient for the Romanian Destination Brand?)

  10. Elena Sperner (Linköping University, Department of Gender Studies, Sweden): Real Life Vampyrism - Sex-Positive Perspectives on Identities and Orientation.

  11. Ana Resende (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): “Ce n’est pas du sang, c’est du rouge.” A fin-de-siècle vampire in “The neurosis of the color [A nevrose da cor, 1903],” by Júlia Lopes de Almeida. (abstract expected).

  12. Stefan Munch ((Institute of Cultural Studies, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland): Lord Ruthven: The Terrifying Charm Of A Vampire.

  13. Francia Henriquez De Benson (Weber State University, Utah): Dracula, a Narrative of Mental Illness in its Different Manifestations.

  14. Penny Goodman (Senior Lecturer in Roman History, University of Leeds, UK): Byron, Polidori and the Classical Roots of Vampirism.

  15. Matt Ray Crofts: ‘The Plot Thickens’: Dracula’s Castlevania Bloodlines.

  16. Martina Bartlett (Winchester University, UK): Ol’ Red Eyes Himself: The Mesmeric Vampire in Polidori’s The Vampyre and Stoker’s Dracula.

  17. Stella Louis (PhD in French and Comparative Literature, teaches Cinemas, Sorbonne/ Paris-Nanterre ): The Untold Story of Dracula… as a Superhero : How Nowadays Cinema have turned a Villain into a Superhero.

  18. Nancy Schumann (MA English Literature from the University of Leipzig, author of Gothic Fiction, Independent Researcher, London): Pardon My Bite: Vampire Women who Kill Children from Ancient Folklore to Post-Modern Literature.

  19. Ruxandra Ivancescu (Associate Professor, Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania): Bram Stoker's Dracula, a Mythological Reading.

  20. Georgeta Moarcas (Associate Professor, Transilvania University of of Brasov, Romania): Dracula Metaphysics. Exploring the Vampire Motif in Contemporary Women's Fiction.

  21. Yagmur Tatar (Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey): “Reader, unbury him with a word”: Revenant and Evil in Elizabeth’s Kostova’s The Historian.

  22. Enrique A. Palafox (Lecturer at La Ibero University, Mexico City): The Transmedia of Dracula.

  23. Antonio Sanna (University of Sassari, Italy): Dracula and the “Ting of the Gold”: Monetary Concerns in Bram Stoker’s Novel and the Films.

  24. Freja Ulvestad Kärki (CEO Institute for Dialogics, Norway): The Darkness inside Me. Psychodynamic Aspects in the Cult of Dracula.

  25. Roberto Cavalcante Rodrigues (BA in Graphic Design by Universidade Paulista, Art History student at Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Creative Director in the Municipal Secretariat of Human Rights and Citizenship of São Paulo, Brazil): Blood & Couture: Dracula by Eiko Ishioka (prerecorded 10 minutes long presentation)

  26. Aba-Carina Pârlog and Marius-Mircea Crișan (West University of Timișoara): Glossing the Literature of Terror in Higher Education: Ways of Seeing Lord of the Flies Digitally.

  27. Paul Butler (Novelist): The Thrill of Collision; How Values Clashes Can Spur Modern Riffs Upon 19th Century Fiction.

  28. Nina Trzaska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland): Greek Vampire – Devilish Possession, Orthodox Purgatory or Revenant? Report and Highlights from Continued Research on Vrykolakas.

  29. Samira Aziz (North South University/Victoria University of Wellington): The Shift to Historical Realism through the Dracula Mythos in Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian.

  30. Soraia Garcês & Margarida Pocinho (Portugal): Myths as Tools for Marketing and Branding of Tourism Destinations.

  31. Juliana Humphreys (Comunication Center in Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie in São Paulo, Brazil): Forged in Blood: the Ancestry of the Cinematographic Vampire.

  32. Lokke Heiss (Physician and Dracula scholar, USA): In Emily We May Acquit And Blame the Word on Schmidt.

  33. Elsa Carruthers (Poete, writer, genre scholar): The Morphing of Dracula: The Many Faces of Vampires.

  34. Agnieszka Lowczanin (Department of British literature and Culture, University of Lódz, Poland): “Some had decomposed, some were skeletal, others were still fresh”: Polish Vampires and Blood-Suckers before Dracula.

  35. Cat Howe (MA student at the University of Portsmouth): The Anorexic Logic of Le Fanu’s Carmilla.

  36. Agelikki Velissariou (MA in Cultural Studies and Children’s Learning Environments (focusing mainly on Children’s Literature) from AUTH (University of Thessaloniki, Greece): Two Folktales (Vampire Beings in Greek Folktales).



  1. Susan Watson (UK).

  2. Brian Forrest (Podcast producer, US).

  3. Luis Bateman Zuñiga.

  4. Nicoleta Herinean.

  5. Julia de Azevedo Farias.

  6. Alessandra Vallim da Silva Villela.

  7. Michael FP.

  8. Ewa Letkiewicz (Poland).

  9. Iris Ichishita (Podcast producer, California).

  10. Krista Collier-Jarvis (Nova Scotia, Canada).

  11. Ida Bara.

  12. Silvia Martín García.

  13. Niels K. Petersen (Magia Posthuma, Denmark).

  14. Sean Rourke (Hollywood film editor)

  15. Alba Fuentes

  16. Yesim Hamzalar.

  17. Lisa Lovell.

  18. Ilmar Vanderer.

  19. Janette Leaf.

  20. Jodie Vallance.

  21. Bea Antok.

  22. Julia Kruk (The Dracula Society, London).

  23. Kyria Van Gasse.

  24. Cat Conway.

  25. Amanda Bryant.

  26. Jennifer Powell.

  27. John Fraser.

  28. Luisa Wallace.

  29. Roh Morgon.

  30. Avier Sánchez-Verdejo.

  31. Artur Macarturro.

  32. Rhiannon Rumble.

  33. Kiac AC.

  34. Timea Vespremi.

  35. Maddy Cristea.

  36. Nicole Whitton.

  37. Irina McConnell.

  38. Julia Reodica & Dylan Hillerman (Guignol Filmfest Production, Oregon).

  39. Maite Lopez (At It Again!, Dublin).

  40. Louise Child (Cardiff)

  41. Anna Nekaris (Brookes, UK)

  42. Ewa Niestorowicz, Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland.

  43. Pierre Van Cutsem.

  44. Melissa Van de Velde.

  45. Carlie Lazar.

  46. Kat Dardry.

  47. Kristine Benoit.

  48. Joanne Nightingale

  49. Charlize de Roos (costume contest only).


Like the last conference, this event is backed by a highly-qualified Scientific Committee:

  • J. Gordon Melton, Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA.

  • Prof. William Hughes, Professor of Literature in English at the University of Macau, China; former Professor (26 years) at Bath Spa University; former President of the International Gothic Association.

  • Dr. Habil. Marius Crisan, Associate Professor at the Teacher Training Dept., West University of Timișoara, Romania.

  • Penny Goodman, Senior Lecturer in Roman History, University of Leeds, UK.

  • Hans Corneel de Roos, MA, Independent Researcher, Netherlands/Germany/Philippines, author of The Ultimate Dracula (2012) and Powers of Darkness (2017).

  • Dr Florin Nechita, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Sociology and Communications at Transylvania University of Braşov.

  • Dr Magdalena Grabias, Assistant Professor at the Department of Cultural Studies at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland.

  • Prof. Clive Bloom, Emeritus Professor of English & American Studies at Middlesex University, UK; teaches at New York University and the University of Notre Dame.

  • Dr Georgeta Moarcas, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Literature and Cultural Studies at Transylvania University of Braşov.

  • Dr Cristian Pralea, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Literature and Cultural Studies at Transylvania University of Braşov.

  • Dr Ewa Niestorowicz, Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland.