2015 06: Conference Romania - Vampire Empire
Source: Vampire Empire Newsletter (Jeanne Youngson), New York, End 2015
Conference “Beliefs and Behaviours in Education and Culture”
at West University of Timișoara, Romania, June, 25-27, 2015
BY MARK BENECKE
(Transylvanian Society of Dracula / Vampire Empire)
- Sam George — Representation of the Pied Piper and Dracula Myth in Germany and England
- Marius Crișan — Deconstructing the Transylvanian Stereotype
- Kaja Franck — Dracula, the Big Bad Wolf, and the myth of Gothic transylvania
- Hans de Roos — Count Dracula’s Adress
- Kristin Bone — The Impact of Fictional Stories upon associated locations
- Nancy Schuman — Emotion and Identity in Vampyre literature
- Mark Benecke & Ines Fischer (double feature) — (1) Large subculture study into a Central European contemporary vampyre group (the word “contemporary” substituted the original “blood drinking” since it was considered too hot to handle on site) and (2) Statistical details concerning the study above (European Real-Life Vampyre group)
- Magdalena Grabias-Zurek — Gothic and Horror in Contemporary Cinema
- Raphael de Boer — (Gendered) Vampires Lecter and Bill ('Silence of the Lambs')?
http://tsdracula.org/, I just briefly want to mention that the connections to German myths like the ‘Rattenfänger von Hameln’ as well as to Hannibal Lecter were most delighting, some photos about real places that become fictional in the ‘Twilight’ movies and then, due to the demand of tourists (like “Castle Dracula” in Romania) a mixture of both, was pleasant, and the fact that the address of the Count is now known after meticulous research of Hans de Roos is more than satisfiying. It was a lot of work for everyone — in a field, that apart from professor for gothic studies William Hughes who luckily was also present, is probably far beyond funding for most of us.
I all seriousness, we cannot thank conference co-organizer Marius Crișan enough for sneaking all of the speakers, i.e., a whole parallel conference, into the rather conservative environment of this education (and educational) conference. Like I said, our meeting was co-sponsored by the church and embedded into an university environment — both is usually neither the case in the European Transylvanian Society of Dracula meetings that focus on small groups discussing topics on site nor in the more scholastic speeches about genealogy or historic events that I heard before. Many of the authors published articles and books that I strongly recommend. Our own conference contribution (Fischer & Benecke) was published as “Vampyres among us!” (ISBN 978-3-939459-95-8) and released just a few days after the conference.
- Blutdurst - Wie entsteht Vampirismus? GERMAN LANGUAGE
- How to avoid a confrontation with a vampire GERMAN TEXT
- Eine Wurmkur gegen den Vampirismus GERMAN TEXT
- «Vampire waren zu jeder Schweinerei fähig» GERMAN TEXT