Session Speakers and Abstracts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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