Official Announcement and Locating Fantastika Details

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.

The official conference dinner will be held on Tuesday, July 7th, but we plan to have informal dinner and drinks on July 6th and 8th, for any of you who are planning to come into Lancaster early or leaving late and don’t fancy eating dinner alone (or for anyone who simply wants to grab a meal or drink with friends!). Details of these social events will be announced in June.
We are ending the conference with a round table with Ruth Heholt, Philippa Semper, Catherine Spooner, Brian Baker, and Eddie Robson. For those of you planning to leave immediately after the conference, the conference should end roughly before 5:30pm on Wednesday.
Please note that there is no registration fee. However, this means that we will not be providing lunch, but we will be scheduling substantial time for a lunch break, and will point you in the direction where you can get a meal on campus.
For those of you looking for accommodation, please note that the campus of Lancaster University is outside of town, about a 20-30 minute bus-ride from city centre. However, the evening meals will be taking place in city centre, so if you intend to stay in accommodation on campus, you will have to travel back from town if you wish to attend these events. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please be aware that if you decide to stay on campus, there may be fewer facilities open in the evening for meals as it is the summer break time, but there will still be one or two places open for those of you wishing to stay on campus. All of the evening meals in the city will take place approximately a 15 minute walk away from the train station, to accommodate anyone who will have to leave straight away or are arriving straight from the train. For more information on how to get to Lancaster University, please follow this link: . For accommodation information, there are bed and breakfasts available on campus ( ) and Lancaster uni recommends these places as well: , but I also suggest that the Travelodge in town might be inexpensive, especially for a weekday stay.
We hope to have the conference schedule out in the next few weeks. In the meantime, if you are aware of anyone who would like to attend the conference but are not presenting a paper, please have them register by emailing us.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Information for the Conference

The abstract acceptance emails have been sent out! For those of you wishing to attend (either as a delegate or audience), please note the following information:

The one-day conference will take place on July 4th, 2014 in the FASS building at Lancaster University (follow the link to find the campus map:

Can you please confirm your attendance by May 15th? We also intend to publish the abstracts and bionotes on the website, so if there are any changes, please let us know by this date.

If you are bringing a guest to the conference, or if you know anyone who would like to attend, they must register (name and affiliation) via email by May 15th. Our email address is .

Please note that there is no registration fee for this conference. Accordingly, we will not be providing meals, but we will direct you to areas of campus where you can purchase lunch. We are closing the conference with a dinner at 1725 restaurant, followed by drinks at Merchant’s (close to the train station if anyone needs to leave early). Anyone who would like to attend the dinner at 1725 must let us know by May 15th so that we may book a table/room. 1725 is a tapas restaurant; the tapas are large portions, so we recommend no more than two main dishes. They serve dessert as well.

We are aiming for a 9am start and a 6pm finish to the conference (not including the dinner portion). If you are coming into Lancaster the night before, we are holding an informal dinner/drinks at the White Cross Pub on Thursday, July 3rd. We will give more information regarding meeting time closer to the event. But feel free to join us for either drinks or dinner or both. We hope to see you there!

Please note that Lancaster University is located outside of the city proper. If you are staying in town, you will have to take a bus or taxi in (approximately 30 minutes; double if travelling during rush hour). However, 1725, Merchant’s Pub, and White Cross Pub are all located in Lancaster city centre, so if you intend to stay in accommodation on campus, you will have to travel back from town after these events. We apologize for the inconvenience. For more information on how to get to Lancaster University, please follow this link:

We are very pleased to announce Bryan Talbot and Brian Baker as our keynote speakers. Bryan Talbot is most famously known for The Adventures of Luther Arkwright and Alice in Sunderland. He will be delivering a talk on his graphic novel Grandville. Dr. Brian Baker is a Lecturer at Lancaster University. Among other research interests, he has published Masculinity in Fiction and Film, and has edited a collection of essays on screen adaptations of literature. We are delighted to invite both speakers to our conference.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Visualizing Fantastika Conference 2014
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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 along with a 50 word bionote by March 15th, 2014.

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