Locating Fantastika Conference Schedule

Registration for Locating Fantastika is now open! The conference is free (note that lunch will not be provided). If you are not a presenter, simply email fantastikaconference@gmail.com to register.

And don’t forget to follow us on twitter (@FantastikaConf) and like our Facebook page. Please tweet #Fantastika2015 when tweeting details of the event.

Day 1, Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

8:30am – 9:30am        Registration

9:30am – 11:10am      Panel 1

11:20am – 12:20pm   Panel 2

12:20pm – 1:50pm     Lunch

1:50pm – 3:00pm       Keynote

3:10pm – 4:30pm       Panel 3

4:40pm – 5:40pm       Panel 4

7:00pm                        Dinner in the city

Day 2, Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

8:30am – 9:00am        Registration

9:00am – 10:20am      Panel 5

10:30am – 11:50am    Panel 6

11:50am – 1:20pm     Lunch

1:20pm – 2:30pm       Keynote

2:40pm – 4:00pm       Panel 7

4:10pm – 5:10pm       Round Table

Panel Schedule (Click on Panel Titles for Abstracts and Bionotes)

Panel 1.1 Nostalgia of the Ecological Past

Audrey Tayler, Anglia Ruskin University, UK, “Pastoral and Fantasy: A Place in Time?”

Polly Atkin, University of Strathclyde, UK, “Fantastic Grasmere: Inheriting the Uncanny”

Judith Eckenhoff, University of Freiburg, Germany, “Supernatural Wilderness in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest

Kaja Franck, University of Hertfordshire, UK, “Hunting the Last Werewolf: Ecology, Fantastika, and the Wilderness of the Imagination”


Panel 1.2 – Narrative Structures of Fantastika

Thomas Tyrrell, Cardiff University, UK, “‘Milton said it. And he was blind.’ Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Paradise Lost

Chris Hussey, University of Cambridge, UK, “And to stretch from UnLondon to London  is a very long way indeed”: Exploring Relationships with Real and Fantastic Place in China Miéville’s Un Lun Dun

Tim Jarvis, University of Bedfordshire, UK, “‘A Perichoresis, an Interpenetration’: Place and the Representational Praxis of Weird Fiction.”

Farah Mendlesohn, Anglia Ruskin University, UK, “The Structural Narratives of the SF Short Story”

Panel 2.1 Locating Monstrosity in Machine versus Human Intelligence

John Sharples, Lancaster University, UK, “‘Everything was Black’: Locating Monstrosity in Robert Löhr’s The Chess Machine (2008)”

Stephen Curtis, Lancaster University, UK, “Moon Kampf: The Rise of the Lunar Nazi in Speculative Fiction”

Panel 2.2 Landscapes in Fixidity and Flux

Christina Scholz, University of Graz, Austria, “‘Lost in the Back Yard Again’: Uncertain Landscapes in M. John Harrison

Karen Graham, University of Aberdeen, UK, “There’s no Place like Oz: Oz Reimagined On Screen and Off”

Keynote: Ruth Heholt, Falmouth University, “Land of Myth and Magic: ‘West Barbary’ and the Hammer House of Cornish Horror”


Panel 3.1 Tangible Boundaries

Hannah Boaden, Lancaster University, UK, “Dreadful Doorways: Anxious Explorations of Transitional Spaces in Visual Culture”

Corinna Joerres, University of Oxford, UK /University of Bonn, Germany, “Reimaginings of Hadrian’s Wall in the worlds of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels and Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom series”

Brian Baker, Lancaster University, UK, “The Cosmological Bedroom: The Voyage Out and Coming Home in SF Cinema”

Panel 3.2 Urban Landscapes

Will Smith, Lancaster University, UK, “‘The Erection of the Monster’: Frank Lillie Pollock and The Skyscraper”

Rob O’Connor, York St. John University, UK, “‘A Tourist Guide to Besźel and Ul Qoma’: Unseeing and the Re-interpretation of Psychogeography in China Miéville’s The City and the City

Vladimir Rizov, University of York, UK, “The Dialectics of Documents: The Case of Parisian Landscape in Atget and Cartier-Bresson”


Panel 4.1 Haunted Buildings

Kevin Corstorphine, University of Hull, UK, “‘Sometimes on earth a cruel shift takes place. Time splits’: Jack Cady’s The Well

Nicola Bowring, University of Nottingham, UK, “Village of Fools to City of Madness and Vice: Reading Gotham”

Panel 4.2 Pattern Constructions of Video Games

Dawn Stobbart, Lancaster University, UK, “Telling Tales with Technology: Remediating Folklore and Myth through the Videogame Alan Wake

Tom Brassington, Lancaster University, UK, “Inheriting Traditions: Comparing Hero Construction and Landscape in the Oddworld and Skyrim Video Games”

Panel 5.1 Heterotopias of Fantastika

Sean Wilcock, Leeds Beckett University, UK, “Mendlesohn’s Taxonomy of Fantasy Applied to the Interaction between the Quotidian and the Internet-as-Heterotopia”

Rachel Fox, Lancaster University, UK, “‘The other garden’: Palimpsestic and Abject Faerie Spaces and Species in J. M. Barrie’s and Arthur Rackham’s Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

Lauren Randall, Lancaster University, “Fantastical Florida; or, (Re)Imagined Realities and Worlds of Darkness in Karen Russell’s Swamplandia!


Panel 5.2 Mapping Carroll-esk Landscapes

Francesca Arnavas, University of York, UK, “The Fantastic Worlds of the Alice Books and the Imaginary Mind”

Nina Lyon, Cardiff University, UK, “Mapless Maps and Speculative Spaces: Metaphysics and Satire in The Hunting of the Snark and Flatland

Panel 6.1 Mapping Political Ideologies of Fantastika

Aishwarya Subramanian, Newcastle University, UK, “The Magician’s Map: Textuality, Terrain and Imperial Possession in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Nick Hubble, Brunel University London, UK, “‘The Kind of Woman Who Talked to Basiliks’: Travelling Light Through Naomi Mitchison’s Landscape of the Imaginary”

Sarah Lohmann, Durham University, UK, “Relocating Utopia: Complexity Theory and the Emergence of Utopia in Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time and Joanne Russ’s The Female Man

Panel 6.2 Monsters in Transition

Jen Aggleton, UK, “Is this the Real Life, or is this just Fantasy? Constructing Fantastic Locations in A Monster Calls

Alan Gregory, Lancaster University, UK, “Nightmares and Inscapes: Pathways to Thoughtworlds of the Imagination in Joe Hill’s NOS4R2

Keith Scott, De Montfort University, UK, “From R’lyeh to Whitehall: Charles Stross and the Bureaucratic Fantastic”


Keynote: Philippa Semper, University of Birmingham, “‘The past is a fantastical country’: otherworlds from medieval to modern”


Panel 7.1 World without Borders

Douglas Leatherland, Durham University, UK, “The Nomos of Fantasy: Natural and Artificial Boundaries in Tolkien’s Middle-earth and Le Guin’s Earthsea”

Catherine Spooner, Lancaster University, UK, “‘It’s just the travelling that’s such a drag’: Mobility, Tourism and Globalised Vampires in Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive

Chris Pak, Lancaster University, UK, “The Independent Entrepreneur and the Terraforming of Mars”

Panel 7.2 Fantastika Performances

Nik Taylor, University of Huddersfield, UK, “Strange Ceremonies: The Laboratory, Library and the Living Room; Creating Imaginative Spaces in Bizarre Magick”

Neil McRobert, UK, “In the Land of Gods and Monsters: The Fantastic in American Carnival Narratives”

Mark Valentine, UK, “Supernatural Landscape in British Ambient and Drone Music”

Round Table: Ruth Heholt, Philippa Semper, Catherine Spooner, Brian Baker, Eddie Robson

Note that the schedule has been updated (June 2nd, 2015).


2 thoughts on “Locating Fantastika Conference Schedule

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  2. Reblogged this on A Sea change and commented:
    A fantastic conference in every sense of the word and well worth attending!


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