The Reading the Fantastic Graduate Research Group at the University of Leeds will be organising a two-day international conference entitled ‘Tales Beyond Borders’ along with a postgraduate/early career researcher workshop on 23-25 April 2014. Keynote speakers of the event are Dr Nicola Bown from Birkbeck University of London, Dr Alaric Hall from the University of Leeds, Justina Robson, science fiction and fantasy writer, and Peter Stevenson, fairy tale illustrator and storyteller.
The organisers aim to bring together those working in various aspects of fantasy studies (taking a wide interpretation for this category) in order to study and discuss this emerging field of research from a cross/multi-cultural and interdisciplinary perspective.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
- Current theories in analyzing fairy tales, folk tales, and fantasy literature
- Complexities around representations and interpretations of the fantastic and the speculative both within and beyond historical contexts and period categorizations
- Problems in translating elements of the fantastic across cultures, disciplines, and geographic areas
- How the fantastic relates to constructions and representations of gender and ethnicity
- Perceptions of the fantastic within/across generational and inter-generational contexts (e.g. children’s literature, young adult fiction, etc.)
- Exploring genre classifications and boundaries within the fantastic and the speculative (touching on the gothic, the uncanny, mythologies, romances, the monstrous and science fiction to name a few examples)
- Recently discovered texts (visual, vocal, written, and others), reimagined, and/or adapted texts
- Connections across mediums that deal with the fantastic – art, literature, film, music, drama, graphics
- Using fairy tales, folk tales, and fantasy literature in classroom, community, and digital contexts
Abstracts between 200-300 words along with a biography of the prospective speaker(s) that are no more than 100 words are invited. The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2015.
See the website for details.