Conference Schedule



 The conference will be held at the University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9JT.

Click on each panel paper title to access a document containing the speaker’s abstract and biography. Please note that this schedule may be subject to change. To download this schedule please click here. Numbers in brackets refer to locations on the University of Leeds campus map; an interactive version plus PDF download versions of this map are available here:


8:30 AM — 9:00 AM Registration Parkinson Building [PB]1.08 (60)

9:00 AM — 9:15 AM Welcome   PB 1.08 (60)

9:15 AM — 10:15 AM 1st Keynote: Peter Stevenson  PB 1.08 (60)

Please note that panel sessions will be in the Baines Wing [BW] Seminar Rooms [SR]  (connected to the Parkinson Building in addition to the main entrance) throughout the day. (58)

10:15 AM –10:30 AM Break PB 1.08 (60)

10:30 AM –12:00 PM 1st panel  session:

1A: Where the Wild Things Are BW [SR] 2.08 (58)

Chen, Phoebe “Humans and Fantastic Beasts: A reading of animal and environmental ethics in The Lotus War trilogy” University of Cambridge, UK

Bredin, Charis   “The Hoopoe, the Owl and the Old Wives’ Tale: An examination of two modern Libyan novels”, SOAS, University of London, UK

Issa, Huwaida “Animal Imagery in the Syrian novel: Muftaraq Al-Maṭar ‘The parting-place of the rain’ by Yūsuf Al-Maḥmūd” University of Leeds, UK

1B: Re-weaving the Tales BW [SR] 2.37 (58)

Na Nongkhai, Krittaya  “Retelling the old Folktales: Local Reaction to globalization in Thai Animation” Kasetsart University, Thailand

Basha M, Chand “The Literary and Cultural Genomes in the Oral Song-Tradition of Rivayats: Mapping the Journey of Karbala Memory” The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India

Conejero-Magro, Luis  “Lights and Shadows on the Spanish Translation of David Mitchell’s Dystopia Cloud Atlas University of Extremadura, Spain

12:00 PM –12:15 PM Break PB 1.08 (60)

12:15 PM –1:45 PM 2nd Panel Session:

2A: Myths of Social Spheres BW SR 2.08 (58)

Hussey, Chris “Blurring the Borders: exploring real and fantastic place in China Miéville’s Un Lun Dun  University of Cambridge, UK

Patel, Charul (Chuckie) “The Science of Epic Fantasy:Describing the Epic Hero as Strange Attractors in Robert Jordan’s The Great Hunt University of Lancaster, UK

Long, Rebecca  “’The Best of All Worlds’: Border Crossings in Irish Children’s Literature” Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

2B: Webs of Worlds BW SR 2.37 (58)

van Hoef, Yuri and O’Connor, Ryan  “A Game of Politics; A Song of Friendship and Power: A Political Science analysis of the role of friendship, discourse, and power in George R. R. Martin’s fantasy series” University of Leeds, UK

Ahmad, AdiFitri “The Redemption of Tanggang: Creating A New World From Traditional Malaysian Stories” Illustrator and Comic Artist, Malaysia

Addis, Hayley “The Tango Between the Worlds: dissolving duality in Dave McKean’s Luna University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, UK

1:45 PM -2:30 PM Lunch PB 1.08 (60)

2:30 PM — 4:00 PM 3rd Panel Session:

3A: Conceptualising the Fantastic BW SR 2.08 (58)

Taylor, Audrey  “A Fantastic Chronotope?” Anglia Ruskin University, UK

Kavanagh, Erin  “Fictionalising Science:  folk tales, fact or fallacy?” University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, UK

Wilcock, Sean   “Exploring the Permeable Genre Boundary Between Fantasy and Non-Fiction: N K Jemisin, a case study” Leeds Beckett University, UK

3B: Exploring the Speculative Body BW SR 2.37 (58)

Sobolczyk, Piotr  “Queer Fable and the Good Penis – Bad Penis Polarisation” Institute of Literary Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Cook, Adèle  “Re-imagining the Body (Politic): A reclamation of the ‘other’ in Diana Wynne Jones’ Hexwood University of Bedfordshire, UK

Riggs, Ashley “Of Tales, Tragic Opera, Transformation and ‘Tongues’: Tristan and Isolde in Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber Université de Genève, Switzerland

4:00 PM –4:15 PM Break PB 1.08 (60)

4:15 PM –5:15 PM 2nd Keynote: Nicola Bown PB 1.08 (60)

5.30 PM — 6:30 PM Romany Folklore Exhibition and Wine Reception, Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery: Layla Bloom (Curator, University of Leeds) Parkinson Court, PB Ground Floor (60)

7:30 PM– 10: 00 PM [7:15 arrival] Conference Dinner University House (28) [entrance via Refectory (29)]

 Saturday: Michael Sadler Building [MS] (78)

8:30 AM — 9:00 AM Registration MS Foyer (78)

9:00 AM — 9:15 AM Welcome MS LG. 19 (78)

9:15 AM — 10:15 AM 3rd Keynote: Alaric Hall MS LG. 19 (78)

10:15-10:30 Break MS Foyer (78)

10:30 AM –12:00 PM 4th Panel Session:

4A: Crafting the Fantastic MS LG. 19 (78)

Greenhough, Amy  “Blurring the Borderlines: Metal, Matter and the (New) Material in Contemporary Fairy Tale Fiction” Kingston University, UK

Fernandes, Tara Maria “Seeing-Selchie with David Thomson: The Nature of Relations with/in the Seal-Folk” Independent Scholar/University of Cambridge, India/UK

Pandey, Siddharth  “Crafting Magic: Towards a Materialist Understanding of Fantasy” University of Cambridge, UK

4B: Through the Lens of the Strange MS LG. 15 (78)

Sherwood, Rosie  “Unreal Photography: Fantastical Fictions and Imagined Worlds” Artist, independent publisher, and scholar

Bulla, Irene  “Ghosts in the sun: the strange case of Italian fantastic literature”, Columbia University, USA

Carney, Bethan  “The Borders of George MacDonald’s Imagination: German idealism and the construction of the subject in Phantastes and Lilith Birkbeck, University of London, UK

12:00 PM – 12.45 PM Lunch MS Foyer (78)

12:45 PM — 2:15 PM 5th Panel Session:

5A: Re-imagining Cultural Forms  MS LG. 19 (78)

Williamson, Rose  “Pancakes and Jonny-Cakes, Gingerbread and Bannocks: Shifting Regional Food Motifs in Cross-Cultural Fairy Tales” Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, University of Chichester, UK

Çizakça, Defne  “A City of Two Tales: The Greek and Turkish Legends of Hagia Sophia” University of Glasgow, UK

Pedica, Anaïs “South Sea Mermaids: A study of images of vahine and mermaiders” University of York, UK

5B: Sexuality in the Fantastic MS LG. 15 (78)

Madill, Anna  “Little Red Riding Hood…is a Boy: Queering the Fairy Tale in Boys’ Love Manga for Girls” University of Leeds, UK

Khan, Amara  “Girish Karnad’s Hayavadana: Exploration of Female Sexuality through Dolls” University of Leeds, UK

Sari, Merve Metamorphoses and Subversion of Traditional Gender Roles in Christina Rossetti’s Speaking Likenesses and ‘Hero.'” Hacettepe University, Turkey/University of Leeds, UK (Visiting Researcher)

2:15 PM — 2:30 PM Break MS Foyer (78)

2:30 PM — 4:00 PM 6th Panel Session

6A: Magic and Monsters MS LG. 19 (78)

de Bruin-Molé, Megen  “Fantastical Histories: The Use and Abuse of the Past in the 21st-Century Monster Mashup” University of Cardiff, UK

Koshy, Minu Susan  “Christianizing ‘Pagan’ Magic: The Legend of Kadamattathu Kathanar and the Consolidation of Christianity in India” The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India

Taylor, Nik  “The Fairy Goblet of Eden Hall to Hunting Mammoths in the Rain: experiencing the paraxial through performance magic and mystery entertainment” University of Huddersfield, UK

6B: Tales Beyond Ages MS LG. 15 (78)

Hughes, Siân  “Crossing Thresholds : Folklore becomes fantasy and rediscovering children’s fiction”, University of Leeds, UK

Hughes, Bill  “Landscapes of Romance: Generic Boundaries and Epistemological Dialectics in the Paranormal Romance of Julie Kagawa’s The Iron King Monstrum Journal, University of Sheffield, UK

Benson, Anya “More Potter: World-Building in Children’s and YA Fantasy Media Franchises”, University of York, UK

4:00 PM – 4.15 PM Break MS Foyer (78)

4:15 PM — 5:15 PM 4th Keynote: Justina Robson MS LG. 19 (78)

5:15 PM — 5:30 PM Closing discussion MS LG. 19 (78)


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