Fantasy at the Crossroads: Intersections, Identities, and Liminality
Glasgow International Fantasy Conversations
29-30 March 2017
Keynote Speakers: Julie Bertagna, in conversation with Dr Maureen Farrell; Professor Louise Welsh, giving a talk on her latest novel and the genre of speculative fantasy
What is Fantasy? This is a question that the University of Glasgow’s MLitt in Fantasy has explored throughout its first year. While this may seem an unanswerable question, for many of us, fantasy is where reality and the impossible meet. Fantasy inspires a sprawling collection of worlds that stem from a myriad of identities, experiences, and influences. From traditional epics to genre-melding, fantasy branches out into every style imaginable. Cross-sections of genre and identity create cracks in traditional forms, opening in-between spaces from which bloom new ideas and stories.
With a focus on intersections (academic and creative writing; film, art, and games) we aim for GIFCON’s inaugural event to be a crossroads at which these communities can meet and come into conversation.
Examples of intersections in fantasy can be found in:
The conference organisers ask for 300-word abstracts for 20 minute papers, presentations and/or creative/experimental projects. They welcome the submission of proposals for creative papers and performances. These may include, but are not limited to, short film screenings; photographic essays; computer game analyses; interactive talks and alternative presentation styles that encourage engagement. All media and forms are welcome.
They are particularly interested in submissions from postgraduate and early career researchers, and will offer workshops in creative writing for those interested in exploring the creative process.
Suggested topics include:
Please submit a 300-word abstract, along with a 100-word biography (both in DOC or RTF format) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 19th December 2016.
Successful applicants will be informed by mid-January. For more information about the conference, please visit https://gifcon.org/home/.