Visoka škola tehničkih strukovnih studija - Čačak

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”

- Frankenstein

Welcome to Frankenreads!

Join us for the following events to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein! All events are free and open to the campus community! We welcome all other visitors!


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Franken-robots will be designed by students and visitors. Materials used for the design are various devices and gadgets, electrical wires, valves, shafts, diodes, chips and other.
The workshop will try to demystify the border delineating a human interference in a robot-like machine-making. Materials and computers for the workshop are provided. All models will be displayed on the Frankenbition & arts exhibition the next day.

  • Date: October 22nd
  • Open: 10 AM - 6 PM
  • Location: Room 110 (First Floor)
  • Supervisor: Ilija Ječmenica
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Franken-book covers

Franken-book covers will be designed by students and visitors in the workshop. The workshop will explore the idea of what defines the relationship between technology and humanity, related to the phenomenon of ‘Frankenstein‘.
The outcomes will include solutions in vector and software bitmap graphics (Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel Draw). Materials and computers for the workshop are provided. All models will be displayed on the Frankenbition & arts exhibition the next day.

  • Date: October 22nd
  • Open: 11 AM - 6 PM
  • Location: Room 114 (First Floor)
  • Supervisor: Mijodrag Tutunović
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Franken-IT workshop will deal with WEB and animation design. Computer arts solutions (video, video game) will also be included. All events and resources of the project will be available on the website

Materials and computers for the workshop are provided. All models will be displayed on the Frankenbition & arts exhibition the next day.

  • Date: October 22nd
  • Open: 1 PM - 6 PM
  • Location: Room 114 (First Floor)
  • Supervisor: Ivana Krsmanović
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Frankenbition – Opening of the exhibit of miscellaneous art and design artefacts (book covers, comics, posters) entitled Frankenbition designed by TCC students and visitors, inspired by Mary Shelley’s novel. Animation, IT solutions and robots will also be included.

The exhibition will present the works exploring the idea of what defines the relationship between technology and humanity.

  • Date: October 24th
  • Open: 5 PM
  • Location: TCC Hall (First Floor)
  • Supervisor: Đorđe Popović
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Frankenstein 200 years after

Frankenstein 200 years after: a question of authorship - A dramatic enactment of an imaginary interview with Mary Shelley on the success of her novel. Dramatization in English, with students actors in 18th century scene and costume.

Starring: Vanja Čolović and Đorđe Kalojević

Styling and costume: Kristina Bojanović

Stage: Ilija Ječmenica

  • Date: October 24th
  • Open: 5:15 PM
  • Location: TCC Hall (First Floor)
  • Supervisor: Vesna Petrović
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Frankenmusic – live music performance of modern music, inspired by science-fiction or with technological elements.
Performing: music duo IN BETWEEN, Dunja Krsmanović, vocal & Aleksandar, guitar.

  • Date: October 24th
  • Open: 5:30 PM
  • Location: TCC Hall (First Floor)
  • Supervisor: Ivana Krsmanović
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Mary Shelley as a Myth-Maker

A lecture will be illustrated by a set of photographs of Mary Shelley, paper clips and manuscript of the novel by a video projector.

A follow-up: a panel discussion. Join us for enthusiastic discussions of the novel!

  • Date: October 25th
  • Open: 10 AM
  • Location: Room 112 (First Floor)
  • Lecturer: Ivana Krsmanović
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Public reading of ‘Frankenstein’

We are inviting you to join the celebrations of the 200th anniversary, we will read Mary Shelley’s novel at TCC Hall on 24th October 2018.

Everyone are invited to join the event of public reading Mary Shelley’s classic!

  • Date: October 25th
  • Open: 11 AM
  • Location: Room 112 (First Floor)
  • Supervisor: Ivana Krsmanović
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Next year Frankenreads?

Are you interested in volunteering for the next years celebration?

Do you have an original idea on how to promote Frankenreads?

Do you have a special talent that can help us make the next year even better?

Let us know!

  • Date: next year
  • Open: 9 AM
  • Location: TCC
  • Supervisor: Frankenreads team
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22nd October (Day 1)

  • 10:00 Franken-robots Room 110
    Supervisor: Ilija Ječmenica
  • 11:00 Franken-book covers Room 114
    Supervisor: Mijodrag Tutunović
  • 13:00 Franken-IT Room 114
    Supervisor: Ivana Krsmanović

24th October (Day 2)

  • 17:00 Frankenbition TCC Hall
    Supervisor: Đorđe Popović
  • 17:15 Frankenstein 200 years after: a question of authorship TCC Hall
    Supervisor: Vesna Petrović
  • 17:30 Frankenmusic TCC Hall
    Supervisor: Ivana Krsmanović
  • 18:00 RefreshmentsTCC Hall

25th October (Day 3)

  • 10:00 ’Mary Shelley as a Myth-Maker: L’écriture féminine Re-visiting the genre Room 112
    Lecturer: Ivana Krsmanović
  • 11:00 Public reading of ‘Frankenstein’ Room 112

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Who was Mary Shelley and what inspired Frankenstein?

By Ivana Krsmanović | Frankenreads | October 17, 2018

Written by Harriet Hall  @Harri_Grace for INDEPENDENT

When Mary Shelley (1797-1851) was 18, she had a dream that would change her life.

It was during 1815, “the year without a summer”, when the eruption of Indonesian volcano Mount Tambora became the largest known volcanic eruption in history, sending the climate across Europe haywire.

On holiday in Lake Geneva, Switzerland, with poets Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley (her future husband) and the physician John Polidori, Shelley and the group entertained themselves indoors by reading from a book of ghost stories. Afterwards, Byron set a challenge: they would each write their own ghost stories and vote for the winner.

Shelley based hers on a dream, writing through the voice of her protagonist: “My dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody; they were my refuge when annoyed – my dearest pleasure when free.”

Byron described her story as “a wonderful work for a girl” and she decided to make it into a novel. Two years later, in 1818, it was published.

Frankenstein, or, the Modern Prometheus was an instant hit.

Meanwhile, Polidori’s story, The Vampyre, is said to have influenced Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Shelley was the daughter of proto-feminist thinker Mary Wollstonecraft, author of the pioneering 1792 text A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, and anarchistic philosopher William Godwin. She grew up around the London liberal elite.

But Wollstonecraft died when Mary was just a month old, and her father’s new wife was not interested in giving her a formal education. Instead, Shelley taught herself in between home schooling, reading books by her mother’s grave.

She was 16 when she met the the aspiring (and married) poet Percy Shelley and the pair fell in love. But her disapproving father cut her off, so the couple ran away and travelled around Europe.

A life peppered with tragedy, Shelley saw her first two children die at an early age, and suffered the suicide of her half sister. Not long after these losses, the couple went to Switzerland. It is thought the desire to bring back her loved ones inspired many themes in Frankenstein (Shelley’s description of the monster awakening reads more like a wish than a reality: “He sleeps; but he is awakened; he opens his eyes; behold”).

By the time Shelley finished the book, she was pregnant again.

A slam-dunk for a first book, Frankenstein is now one of the most popular gothic novels of all time, and it was written by a teenager. Not only that, it sparked an entirely new genre: science fiction, and an enduring character, the trope of the mad scientist.

Shelley’s novel tells of a scientist who creates a nameless monster out of cadavers. A metaphor for the danger of hubris, the monster goes on to kill.

It was considered such a masculine novel that when published anonymously (as was common for works written by women), many people attributed it to her husband.

But the Shelleys were mutually supportive in their work, both editing and promoting one another’s writing, and Percy Shelley’s notes were found on early editions of the book for this reason.

To this day, some still believe it could have been written by him.

This incorrect attribution of the novel is not the only blunder that surrounds it, either. Despite what many may think – and several pop-culture blunders – the eponymous Frankenstein is not the monster, but its creator Dr Victor Frankenstein. The monster of Shelley’s tale is in fact, nameless.

In 1910, the novel became the subject of one of the first horror films, Thomas Edison’s Frankenstein, and it has since inspired several other films (FrankensteinThe Rocky Horror Picture ShowYoung Frankenstein) and stage adaptations.

Percy Shelley drowned in In 1822 in the Gulf of Spezia. Following his death, the Frankenstein author continued to write, publishing four more novels, short stories, essays, biographies and travel writing as well as compiling collections of her late husband’s poetry.

The daughter of celebrated philosophers and the wife of a revolutionary poet, Mary Shelley more than made a name for herself and thrived without a formal education, becoming a trailblazing female writer in a genre still dominated by men today.

Shelley died of brain cancer aged 53 in 1851.


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We are

Teaching Staff
  • Ivana Krsmanović Ph. D. In English, Editor-in-chief
  • Vesna Petrović MA in English
  • Mijodrag Tutunović BSc in Graphic Technology
Students – organization
  • Ilija Ječmenica Electrical Engineering
  • Nemanja Ćosović Information technologies
  • Đorđe Popović Graphic Technology
  • Vanja Čolović Information Technology
  • Đorđe Kalojević Informatics in Engineering
  • Nikola Avramović Informatics in Engineering
  • Kristina Bojanović Graphic Technology
  • Žarko Nikitović Electronics and Computing
Students – technical support
  • Adam Stojić
  • Tijana Bošković
  • Milomir Šuljagić
  • Vraneš Velimir
  • Nikola Joksović
  • Milojica Mrdak
  • Miloje Mrdak

Organized and sponsored by ENGLIT.
Special thanks to all partners listed above.