Do fictional monsters reflect our reality?

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 5 June


The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Frankenstein's creature is a classic example of a monster in popular culture. But what can fictional beings tell us about the hopes and fears of the society in which they were created? And what do our own demons say about the world we live in today?

Discover why creatures continue to survive in our culture, how monsters reflect gender and power dynamics and how researchers are studying brain scans of people watching films to try and decipher how our brain’s work.  


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

About the speakers

Liz Gloyn is a lecturer in Classics at Royal Holloway. Her research focuses on the intersections between Latin literature, ancient philosophy and gender studies.

Evan Hayles Geldhill is currently doing a PhD at the University of Reading. Their PhD thesis examines the liminal figures of the monster and the child in the Gothic imagination, and the 'deviant subjectivities' these representations make space for in otherwise seemingly conventional genre texts. 

Jeremy Skipper is Director of the Language, Action, and Brain Lab (LAB Lab) at University College London. He studies the neurobiology of natural language use and oversees the Neurocinematics database.

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