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.

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:

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 along with a 50 word bionote by April 1st, 2015

Visit us at 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.