University of Hertfordshire drew over 150 attendees to what claims
to be the UK’s first vampire conference.
Delegates gathered at the Hatfield campus at the weekend
to explore the representation of the fictional creatures in literature and other
media. The conference, entitled ‘Open Graves, Open Minds: Vampires and the
Undead in Modern Culture’, was organised by Dr Sam George, lecturer in English
“Volcanic Ash wiped out our zombie panel but the coffins
in the foyer (used for food) went down a treat,” says Dr George.
George said she was “struck by the irony of creatures with no reflection
becoming such a pervasive reflection of modern culture”.
Delegates also enjoyed gothic cup cakes and a vampire
themed conference dinner served with dead roses on the tables.
was a rigorous academic conference and ground breaking research broke on the day
in relation to vampires and national identity and undead Romance,” Dr George
course on ‘Reading the Vampire’ will begin at the university in September.