Just a reminder that the #fantastika2015 pre-conference social is taking place tonight at White Cross Pub at 7pm. See you all there!
Global Fantastika: An Interdisciplinary Conference
July 4-5th 2016, Lancaster University
“Fantastika”, coined by John Clute, is an umbrella term which incorporates the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, but can also include alternative histories, steampunk, young adult fiction, or any other imaginative space. The 3rd annual Fantastika conference will focus on productions of Fantastika globally, as well as considering themes of contact across nations and borders within Fantastika. It is our hope to draw together academics with an interest in Fantastika from an international audience to share and disseminate Fantastika-related research globally.
We welcome abstracts for 20 minute papers on fantastika as they occur in any medium and form. Some suggested topics are:
– the production and development of Fantastika in non-Western or non-English-speaking countries
– Fantastika genres predominant in non-Western/non-English cultures (e.g. magical realism, contemporary mythologies)
– fictional and real empires
– globalization, industrialization, development and the future
– global networks, mobilities, migrations
– borders, defence of borders, crossing borders and occupations
– (post)colonial texts and readings
– notions of the ‘other’
– ecologies, technologies and biopolitics
Please submit a 300 word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a 50 word bionote by March 1st, 2016
Visit us at https://fantastikaconference.wordpress.com, like us on Facebook (“Fantastika Conference”), or follow us on twitter (@FantastikaConf) for up-to-date information about the event.
And visit http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/luminary to access the “Visualizing Fantastika” edition of The Luminary, featuring extended papers from the 2014 conference, due out June 2015.
Registration is still open for Locating Fantastika 2015 as well. Email email@example.com to register.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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!”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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).
I’d like to officially announce that we are extending the conference to two days. All 40 abstracts confirmed acceptance! We will be holding the conference on Tuesday, July 7th, and Wednesday, July 8th.
Just a note that we’ve extended the abstract deadline until the end of the weekend. Please share!
Locating Fantastika: An Interdisciplinary Conference
Wednesday, July 8th, 2015, Lancaster University
Following the success of Visualising Fantastika in 2014, Lancaster University invites all academics with an interest in the field to participate in this interdisciplinary conference. “Fantastika”, coined by John Clute, is an umbrella term which incorporates the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, but can also include alternative histories, steampunk, young adult fiction, or any other imaginative space. The theme for 2015, “Locating Fantastika,” explores all areas of space, setting, and locations, either in the fictional world of fantastika or in fantastical networks with the real world.
We are pleased to announce Dr. Philippa Semper and Dr. Ruth Heholt as our keynote speakers. Dr. Semper (University of Birmingham) lectures in medieval English, with a special interest on the interaction between text and image in manuscript studies; she also teaches and publishes on fantasy literature. Her keynote will be examining the relation between the medieval world and modern fantasy. Dr. Heholt (Falmouth University) is a senior lecturer focusing on the supernatural. Her recent work has focussed on the concepts of regions and the Gothic and haunted landscapes. She is editor of a new e-journal, Revenant: Critical and Creative Studies of the Supernatural: http://www.revenantjournal.com.
We welcome abstracts for 20 minute papers on fantastical locations as they occur in any medium and form. Some suggested topics are:
– buildings, houses, or other location-specific constructs
– landscapes or geography
– world-building or setting
– regional, national, or cultural spaces
– urban vs rural communities
– maps or mapping
– eco or ecology-readings
Please submit a 300 word abstract to email@example.com along with a 50 word bionote by April 1st, 2015
Visit us at https://fantastikaconference.wordpress.com or like us on Facebook (“Fantastika Conference”) for more up-to-date information about the event.
And stay tuned for the special “Visualizing Fantastika” edition of The Luminary, featuring extended papers from last year’s conference, due out in 2015.