The University of Hertfordshire in the UK is hosting an academic conference on the undead next week. The conference is titled "Open Graves, Open Minds: Vampires and the Undead in Human Culture." The conference is described as follows:
The aim of the conference is to relate the undead in literature, art, and other media to questions concerning gender, technology, consumption, and social change. It will provide an interdisciplinary forum for the development of innovative and creative research and examine these creatures in all their various manifestations and cultural meanings.
The conference, scheduled for April 16-17, is bringing together a number of contributors who will address various facets of the undead in culture, including Victorian conceptions of the creatures, contagion, undead teens, politics of the undead, and undead romance, just to name a few. The conference schedule with a list of topics and presenters can be downloaded here.