Scientific Committee

From the Dublin Initiative Group, the following Professors and Assistant-Professors (in first-name order) are invited to form the Scientific Committee of the Brasov conference series. We will also invite some Romanian colleagues to take part in this Scientific Team.


The liaison between Organising Committee and Scientific Committee will be Magdalena Grabias, Assistant Professor at the Department of Cultural Studies at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland, who is a member of both Committees.


Bill Hughes, Professor for Gothic Studies at Bath Spa University, immediate past President of The International Gothic Association and founder editor of the internationally refereed journal Gothic Studies. Author of numerous books and articles on Bram Stoker, Dracula and Gothic Literature.


Clemens Ruthner, Assistant Professor for German at Trinity College, Dublin, and initiator/moderator of the Doctor van Helsing Society. Author of two books on the fantastic in literature (Unheimliche Wiederkehr, 1993; Am Rande, 2004) and of various academic essays.


Clive Bloom, Emeritus Professor of English and American Studies at Middlesex University; Adjunct Professor at University of Notre Dame, Paris; General Editor of the Palgrave Gothic academic book series. Author of Gothic Horror (Palgrave, 2nd edition 2007), Victoria’s Madmen (Palgrave, 2012), Restless Revolutionaries (History Press Limited, 2010), Terror Within (Sutton, 2007), Violent London (Springer, 2nd edition 2010), and Riot City (Palgrave, 2012).


John Gordon Melton, Distinguished Professor of American Religious History of  Baylor University’s Institute for Studies in Religion; Member of the International Board of the Center for Studies in New Religions (CESNUR), Turin, Italy; Senior Member of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula (US Chapter). Author of over 35 books (e.g. The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead, Visible Ink Press; 3rd  edition 2010) and numerous scholarly articles and papers.


Marcia Heloisa Amarante Gonçalves, Professor and translator, currently teaching Literary Translation at Universidade Estácio de Sá. A long-time Dracula scholar, she has translated both Power of Darkness and Bram Stoker´s Dracula into Brazilian Portuguese.


Marius-Mircea Crișan, Assistant-Professor for English at the West University, Timișoara, Romania; organized the BBEC Conference in Timișoara 2015 and 2016. Author of The Birth of the Dracula Myth: Bram Stoker's Transylvania (Pro Universitaria, 2013) and many other book contributions and articles.