Initiators & Organising Committee

The organisers of this conference series are Florin Nechita (Transilvania University of Brașov), Hans Corneel de Roos (Author of The Ultimate Dracula and Powers of Darkness) and Magdalena Grabias, Assistant Professor at the Cultural Studies Department at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland. We expect some of Florin's university colleagues to join the team soon.

Florin Nechita

Florin Nechita is aLecturer for Marketing, Advertising and Branding at the Transilvania University of Brașov. He is the author of the essay Marketing the Count's way: How Dracula's Myth can Revive Romanian Tourism (June 2016). He already contributed to the Dublin Conference by submitting an illustrated report about the Transylvanian Creative Camp in Lapuș County, which he organised in cooperation with Japanese, Austrian and Italian Universities. Hans and Florin first met in Brașov in May 2016 and later again during the TCC Lapuș in August 2016, where Hans assisted as a photo teacher. Their good cooperation during this week was the basis for the planned new conference series.


Hans C. de Roos

Hans Corneel de Roos studied Political and Social Sciences in Amsterdam and Berlin and graduated cum laude in 1982. Next to his career in civil service and in the financial sector, he has always been active in the fields of Photograpy, Art and Art History. Since 2010, he is intensely involved in Dracula research and published a series of groundbreaking discoveries. He was the initiator and co-organiser of the Fourth World Dracula Congress in Dublin and Acting Editor of Letter from Castle Dracula, the official news bulletin of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula. Next to The Ultimate Dracula (2012) and Powers of Darkness (2016), he wrote a Dracula Travel Guide and numerous articles on Dracula.

Magda Grabias

Magdalena Grabias is an Assistant Professor and a Deputy Head of the Institute of Cultural Studies at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland. She specialises in Film Studies, American Studies, Gothic Studies, literary translation and music journalism. She is a co-founder of the international organisation The Children of the Night and a co-organiser of the biannual World Dracula Congress. Her academic publications include book "Songs of Innocence and Experience: Romance in the Cinema of Frank Capra" (UK, 2013) as well as numerous articles in Polish and English propagating film, music and theatre viewed from the perspective of philosophy, semiotics, anthropology and popular culture.