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Posted on | February 24, 2014

Call for Abstracts
Dracula and Philosophy
Edited by Nicolas Michaud and Janelle Pötzsch

The Popular Culture and Philosophy Series

 Abstracts and subsequent essays must be accessible to a lay audience as well as philosophically substantial. All writing should be engaging and directly relevant to the  original Dracula book, films, comics or the TV series.

***The 10 to 12-paged papers are written in a conversational style***

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Submission deadline for abstracts (100-500 words) and CV’s: March 30th, 2014
  2. Notification of accepted abstracts: April 9th
  3. Submission deadline for first drafts of accepted papers: April 27th

Kindly submit abstract (with or without Word attachment) and CV by email to: Nicolas Michaud (micn0001@unf.edu).

Possible themes and topics might include, but are not limited to, questions such as…

Moral Questions: Can we justify the killing of Dracula?
Social Questions: The English vampire and reverse colonialization
Epistemic Questions: What is it like to be a bat?
Philosophy of Science: Darwin and degeneracy

Or any other though-provoking philosophical issue brought up by Dracula!

For Example,

  • Temptations of the flesh: Vegetarianism and Dracula
  • Can vampires be murderers? Moral agency in Dracula
  • Utilitarianism and hunting vampires: Does the end justify the means?
  • The brides of Dracula: Foucault on sexuality
  • Renfield and Aristotle: Is there a thing like a ‘born slave’?
  • Dracula and philosophy of religion
  • Hannah Arendt and the banality of evil
  • Dead and loving it: Max Scheler and the function of laughter
  • The vampire and me: Martin Buber’s I and Thou
  • ‘What manner of man is this?’ The problem of identity in Dracula
  • What’s life anyway? Bioethics in Dracula
  • Jonathan Harker and the problem of free will
  • Dracula and Nietzsche’s view on man
  • Threats of the New Woman: Butler and sexual deviancy
  • Dracula in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Potentials and threats of modern technology
  • The vampire as capitalist: A Marxian reading of Dracula
  • “Seward’s Folly”: Robert Merton and the ideals of science

Please visit http://www.opencourtbooks.com/categories/pcp.htm for more information on Open Court’s Pop Culture and Philosophy series.

To propose ideas for future volumes in the Open Court series please contact the Series Editor,

George A. Reisch, at: pcpideas@gmail.com.

Thank you!
Nicolas Michaud


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