The Rutgers Ph.D. Program in German Studies Presents:
The Eternal Return of the Vampire / Die ewige Wiederkehr des Vampyrs
March 3-4, 2023
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (Updated: Hybrid Format)
Dr. Laurence Rickels (The European Graduate School)
Dr. Elisabeth Bronfen (University of Zurich & NYU)
“Stay here… the Master comes.” – Renfield, Herzog’s Nosferatu
From the corpse-occupying vetelas of Hindu mythology to the child-eating Lamia of the Ancient Greeks, the she-demon
Lilith of the Hebrews, the medieval Lord Vlad of the Romanians, the blood-thirsty count of Stoker’s Dracula, the
shape-shifting monster of Bachmann’s “Heimweg”, the diamond-skinned, sullen-faced Edward Cullen of Meyer’s Twilight,
the ever-resourceful vampire survives each staking and refashions itself according to the whims of the contemporary blood
Fluent in all languages and apt in all media, equally at home in übergory horror and borderline whimsical softcore, the
vampire will be coming for you too.
Marking the centennial of F.W. Murnau’s seminal Nosferatu, the conference aims to map and make sense of the
cross-historical/cultural fascination with the fang and the neck and all they signify.
We are looking for submissions especially, though not exclusively, on the following topics:
❖ F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu and its afterlives
❖ Vampire, desire, terror
❖ Vampires and (failures of) mourning
❖ Capitalism as vampirism
❖ Vampires and difference — racial, ethnic, sexual, gender
❖ Vampires and ecocriticism
❖ Contagion and virality
The deadline to submit an abstract of 300 words and a bio of 100 words is January 28, 2023. The selected participants will
be notified by February 1, 2023. Participants are expected to deliver a 30-minute talk, followed by a Q&A. The conference
will take place in-person in New Brunswick, NJ, though we are accepting speakers who would like to participate via Zoom.
While we cannot cover travel and accommodation costs, we will do our best to help with such arrangements.
Artun Ak (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Chaitrali Kulkarni (email@example.com) are the organizers of this conference. You can send your submission to either of us, and please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.