Global Fantastika: July 4-5, 2016 – CFP

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 fantastikaconference@gmail.com 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 fantastikaconference@gmail.com to register.

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Locating Fantastika: An Interdisciplinary Conference

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 fantastikaconference@gmail.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.

Post-Conference Musings

It seems that everyone enjoyed the conference yesterday. I’m so glad! And I hope yesterday marked the first of many Fantastika conferences to come.

The success of the conference is due entirely to the great quality of papers and the enthusiasm of everyone who attended. The papers were all brilliant. Thank you to everyone who participated and pitched in to help. And thank you to our keynotes, Brian Baker and Bryan Talbot, for delivering two truly amazing keynote speeches.

It was a great day, and I hope to see you all next year.

For those of you interested, we are looking to produce a special edition of the Luminary journal. You can access it here: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/luminary/
Abstracts will be due July 31st, with 4000-7000 word articles due a few months later.

CFP – Visualizing Fantastika: an interdisciplinary conference, July 4, 2014

Visualizing Fantastika: an interdisciplinary conference,
July 4, 2014

Lancaster University’s department of English and Creative Writing invites proposals for an interdisciplinary conference: Visualizing Fantastika.

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 conference wishes to consider the visual possibilities of the fantastic in a wide range of arts and media, which may include, but is not limited to: graphic novels, film, illustrations, games, and other visual media.

Some suggested topics are:
– Visual conventions in cinema and illustration that are particular to a specific genre
– Visuals codes in cinema and illustration that aid in interpreting story (such as mood,
character, plot)
– Adaptations and crossovers between different media
– The effect of the development of technology on visual style
– The visual style of fantastika as a product of its culture and time
– Imagery evoked by non-visual codes (such as music and language)

We welcome discussions of fantastika as it occurs in any medium and form. This one-day interdisciplinary conference will take place at Lancaster University on July 4th, 2014.

Please submit a 300 word abstract to fantastikaconference@gmail.com along with a 50 word bionote by March 15th, 2014.

And follow the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1449792311903590/