The World Hobbit Project at Cardiff University

Minna Siikilä reflects on the Fantasies of Contemporary Culture symposium at Cardiff University (23 May, 2016), and provides a brief overview of the ‘World Hobbit Project’ panel, where she presented. Check out Minna’s full report at the link!

The World Hobbit Project in Finland - Uses of Fantasy

By Minna Siikilä*

 Me, Aino-Kaisa Koistinen and Maria Ruotsalainen had the great pleasure to attend The Fantasies of Contemporary Culture symposium held by Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy on May 23, 2016. The symposium focused on exploring the political and cultural functions of fantasy. All in all, this one-day event included eight panel sessions, and two keynotes; Doctor Mark Bould (UWE Bristol) and Doctor Catherine Butler (Cardiff University).

 

IMG_7994Cardiff University. The Fantasies of Contemporary Culture symposium can be found with #cultfantasies on Twitter.

IMG_7997Aino-Kaisa Koistinen and Martin Barker discussing The Hobbit project.

What is specifically relevant for this blog is that the symposium had a separate session, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again”, dedicated to research on The Hobbit films. There were three separate presentations, of which two addressed The World Hobbit Project directly. The first presentation was held by one of The World Hobbit Project’s…

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