Programme 2017

Wednesday, 29th of March

9:00 – 9:30: Registration & Coffee (Chapel)

9:30 – 9:45: Opening and Welcome by Dr Rob Maslen (Chapel)

9:45 – 10:45:  Julie Bertagna in discussion with Dr Maureen Farrell: Creating ‘4D’ futuristic fiction in the dynamic space where the real meets the realms of possibility and fantasy  (Chapel)

11:00 – 12:15: Panel 1: Subversions in Videogames. Chair: Phil Harris (Chapel)

11:00: Steven Harvie: Contempt for the Player-Hero in Fantasy Video Games: A Marxist Reading of Dark Souls
11:25: Oliver Langmead: “Grant us eyes, grant us eyes! Plant eyes on our brains, to cleanse our beastly idiocy!” FromSoftware’s Bloodborne: cleverly subverting the traditional Gothic narrative using FromSoftware’s Dark Souls video game series formula
11:50: Hattie Induni: A Wasteland or a Playground? Variations of the Post-Apocalyptic in Contemporary Fiction

11:00 – 12:15: Panel 2: Liminal Spaces. Chair: Laura Becherer (Room 203, 10 University Gardens)

11:00: Georgia Natishan: Marketplaces: Wonder, Danger, Consumption
11:25: Katarina O’Dette: Chasing Canon: Implications of the Multimedia Franchise Format on the Storyverse of Harry Potter
11:50: Ruth Booth: Gods Rebooted: Liminality in the Neil Gaiman Multiverse and the Expansion of the Superhero Canon

12:15 – 13:15: Lunch (Chapel)

13:15 – 14:15: Phil Harris: Does the Monomyth Exist in a Multiplayer World? (Chapel)

14:15 – 14:35: Coffee Break (Chapel)

14:45– 16:00: Panel 3: Around the World in Fantasy. Chair: Andreas Michaelides (Chapel)

14:45: Pascal Lemaire: Alternate Fantasy: When Fantasy meets Alternate History in the French-speaking World
15:10: Portia Malatjie: Ghosts, Witches and the Divine: Fantastical Narratives in African Video Art
15:35: Tatjana Pilipoveca: The Snow Queen in Russian Fanfiction

14:45– 16:00: Panel 4: Fantastical Gender(s). Chair: Chris Lynch (Room 203, 10 University Gardens)

14:45: Taylor Driggers: Faith in Feathered Floozies: the Fantastical Desert Harlots of Angela Carter
15:10: Angie Spoto: A Conduit to the Female Experience: Exploring the Intersection Between Horror, Surrealism and the Fairy Tale
15:35: Daisy Butcher: ‘Here Be Dragons’: The Dragon as Psychoanalytic Symbol for the Great Mother

16:15 – 18:00: Workshop: Breathing Life into Worlds and Characters with Phil Harris (Chapel)

16:15 – 18:00: Workshop: Fairy Tale Retellings with Laura Becherer (Room 203, 10 University Gardens)

The conference dinner will take place at the Curler’s Rest on 256 Byres Road after 18:30.

Thursday, 30th of March

9:00 – 10:15: Workshop: Fantastic Beasts and How to Write Them with Cameo Marlatt (Room 202, 3 University Gardens)

9:00 – 10:15: Workshop: Creating a New World Without Exposition with Laura Becherer (Room 101, 4 University Gardens)

10:15 – 10:30: Coffee Break (Chapel)

10:30 – 11:15: Dr Rob Maslen: The Book as a Fantastic Object (Chapel)

11:15 – 12:15: Dr Stefan Ekman: Crossroads, Sidestreets, Subways: Three Approaches to Urban Fantasy (Chapel)

12:15 – 13:00: Lunch (Chapel)

13:15 – 14:30: Panel 5: Storytelling In Medias Res. Chair: Dr Stefan Ekman (Room 202, 3 University Gardens)

13:15: Neal Baker: Tabletop Fantasy Miniatures Games and Secondary World Infrastructures
13:40: Christopher Mahon: The Rats in the Walls: Storytelling That Blurs History, Reality, and Fantasy
14:05: Andreas Michaelides: Mise en Abyme: Storytelling the Storyteller

13:15 – 14:30: Panel 6: Big In Japan. Chair: Phil Harris (Room 101, 4 University Gardens)

13:15: Brad Copper: Wherefore Art Thou Chocobo: Final Fantasy, Literary Influence, and the Invention of the JRPG
13:40: Ben Littlejohns: “It’s Dangerous to Go Alone”: The Fantastic in The Legend of Zelda
14:05: Emeline Morin: Marissa Meyer’s Cinderella: Between Cyborg, Fairy-tale Heroine, and Japanese Magical Girl

14:30 – 14:45: Coffee Break (Room 202, 3 University Gardens)

14:50 – 16:05: Panel 7: Myth, Identity & Faith. Chair: Dr Rob Maslen (Room 202, 3 University Gardens)

14:50: Francesca Arnavas: “She was getting so well used to queer things happening”: Victorian Fantasy and the Alice books
15:15: Sarah Cullen: The Cautionary Wendigo in Charles Brockden Brown
15:40: Sonia Andersen: Lacking Lutherania in Fantasy Fiction

14:50 – 16:05: Panel 8: High Fantasy in the Age of Modernity. Chair: Dr Stefan Ekman (Room 101, 4 University Gardens)

14:50: Anahit Behrooz: Mapping the Middle: Navigating Between the Old and New in Tolkien’s Middle-Earth Cartography
15:30: Ciarán Treacy: Where Mind Meets Magic: Visions in A Song of Ice and Fire

16:15 – 16:30 Closing by Dr Rob Maslen (Room 202, 3 University Gardens)