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Forthcoming Events

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International Medieval Congress 2022, Leeds, 4-7 July 2022

Sessions sponsored by the Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic at the International Medieval Congress 2022, Leeds, 4-7 July 2022

Session 141:  J.R.R. Tolkien: Medieval Roots and Modern Branches (Monday 4 July 2022)

Sponsor: Centre for Fantasy & the Fantastic, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
Organiser: Andrew Higgins, Centre for Fantasy & the Fantastic, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
Moderator: Kristine Larsen, Geological Sciences Department, Central Connecticut State University

An Attempt to Re-Examine the Dialectic of the East and the West in Tolkien’s Selected Works
Andrzej Wicher, Zakład Angielskiego Dramatu, Teatru i Filmu, Uniwersytet Łódzki

Of Dust Motes, Trees, and Golden Flowers: Tolkien and Duns Scotus’ Haeccitas
Victoria-Holtz Wodzak, Department of English & World Languages, Viterbo University, Wisconsin

Glossopoeia through Letter Writing: The Role of Early Reader and Author Responses in the Development of the Elvish Languages
Andrew Higgins

Session 241: Tolkien and Medieval Poets: A Session in Memory of Richard C. West (Monday 4 July 2022)

Sponsor: Centre for Fantasy & the Fantastic, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
Organiser: Andrew Higgins, Centre for Fantasy & the Fantastic, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
Moderator: Andrew Higgins

The Revivalist Critic and the Alliterative Poet: An Unexpected Collaboration
Andoni Cossio, Facultad de Letras, Universidad del País Vasco - Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Vitoria-Gasteiz

Computing the Interlace Structure of The Lord of the Rings
James Tauber, Department of Linguistics & English Language, Lancaster University

‘Pearls’ of Pearl: Medieval Appropriations in Tolkien’s Mythology
Kristine Larsen, Geological Sciences Department, Central Connecticut State University

Session 441: Tolkien as a Gateway to Interdisciplinary Teaching: A Roundtable Discussion (Monday 4 July 2022)

Sponsor: Centre for Fantasy & the Fantastic, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
Organiser: Andrew Higgins, Centre for Fantasy & the Fantastic, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
Moderator: Andrew Higgins

This round table discussion will feature talks by teachers on how they have used the works of Tolkien to introduce and engage students with new fields of study and disciplines. Short papers and discussions will explore how teachers have used the works of Tolkien as a gateway for students to explore and become passionate about other areas of study. Participants include Deidre Dawson (Independent Scholar, Brighton) and Dimitra Fimi (University of Glasgow).

Session 1033: Borders Between Life and Death in Tolkien's Legendarium (Wednesday 6 July 2022)

Sponsor: Centre for Fantasy & the Fantastic, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
Organiser: Andrew Higgins, Centre for Fantasy & the Fantastic, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
Moderator: Sara Brown, Department of Language & Literature, Signum University

Memories of Borders: On the Borders of Memory - Beleriand as Elegiac Landscape
Cami Agan, Department of Language & Literature, Oklahoma Christian University

Beyond the Circles of the World
Amy Amendt-Raduege, Department of English, Western Washington University

Undead or Undying: Limits of Immortality in Tolkien’s Work
Gaëlle Abaléa, Independent Scholar, Orléans

Session 1133: Family, Orientation, Transgression, and Crossing Borders of Middle-earth (Wednesday 6 July 2022)

Sponsor: Centre for Fantasy & the Fantastic, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
Organiser: Andrew Higgins, Centre for Fantasy & the Fantastic, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
Moderator: Andrew Higgins

Tolkien’s Orphaned Heroes
Deidre Dawson, Residential College in the Arts & Humanities, Michigan State University

Chrononormativity and Queer Time: Crossing Temporal Borders in Tolkien’s Middle-Earth
Yvette Kisor, Humanities & Global Studies, Ramapo College of New Jersey

‘Finding out what lies beyond the borders of the Shire’: Applying Tolkien’s Fantastic Texts in and to Madness - The Transgressive Experience of Psychotic Thinking
Alke Haarsma-Wisselink, Independent Scholar, Zwolle

‘Lay your head in my lap’: Homoerotic Tension and Possibility on Mordor’s Border in The Lord of the Rings
Olivia-Kate Burgham, Independent Scholar, Ottawa

Session 1641: Crossing Borders in Middle-earth (Thursday 7 July 2022)

Sponsor: Centre for Fantasy & the Fantastic, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
Organiser: Andrew Higgins, Centre for Fantasy & the Fantastic, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
Moderator: Andrew Higgins

Light: The Key to Cross the Spatiotemporal Borders in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Secondary World
Aslı Bülbül Candaş, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow

Interrogating the Liminal Space: Vampires and Werewolves in Middle-Earth
Sara Brown, Department of Language & Literature, Signum University

Time Travel, Astronomy, and Magic Mirrors: How the Borders between Reality and the Otherworld in MiddleEarth Are Influenced by Celtic Mythology and Science (Fiction)
Aurelie Bremont, Centre d’Etudes Médiévales Anglaises (CEMA), Sorbonne Université, Paris



13-17 July 2022: Once and Future Fantasies Conference

Once and Future Fantasies is the first conference co-sponsored by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts to take place outside North America. The conference will be hosted by the Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic at the University of Glasgow on 13-17 July 2022.


The art of the fantastic has never been more visible than it is today. Streamed, read and written, drawn, painted, designed and modelled by amateurs and professionals, performed and played in theatrical events and games, and marketed the whole world over, the art of the fantastic occupies every available cultural niche with unprecedented energy and enthusiasm. This conference asks what the fantastic in the arts has to offer at this time of crisis, rooted as it is in the distant and recent past, while remaining extraordinarily sensitive to the shifting landscape of the present and the infinite possibilities of the future.    

Keynotes: Nalo Hopkinson and Professor Dame Marina Warner.

  • You can find out more about our keynote speakers here
  • More information about the conference here.
  • Registration is now open! To register please see here.
  • Follow the conference on Twitter at @OnceFantasies

 

2-3 September 2022: Watership Down 50th Anniversary Conference

Richard Adams’ children’s fantasy classic, Watership Down, is turning 50 years old this year. We are excited to be hosting a 50th anniversary conference to celebrate the book and its legacy to be held in Glasgow in September 2022. This is a collaboration between the Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic and the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University. The co-organisers are our Co-Director Dr Dimitra Fimi, and Dr Catherine Butler of Cardiff University.

 

3-4 December 2022: When it Changed: Women in SF/F Since 1972

 

To mark the 50th anniversary of Joanna Russ’s landmark short story, ‘When It Changed’, the Science Fiction Foundation, and the Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic and Games and Gaming Lab the University of Glasgow will be co-hosting an online conference on women’s role in reshaping science fiction. The conference will feature keynotes by Cheryl Morgan and Joy Sanchez-Taylor.

  • You can find the conference CFP here.
  • Information on booking tickets will be released soon - watch this space!