All activities will take place in the John Percival Building, located at Colum Drive, Cardiff CF10 3EG. You will also find it on this interactive map.

You can download a PDF version of the programme and abstracts here.

Mon, 23 May 2016


 9.00-9.30 Registration Refectory (Ground Floor)
9.30-10.30 Welcome and Keynote 1


Dr Mark Bould, ‘Robots on the Streets, Icebergs in the Skies: London, Austerity, Anthropocene’


Rm. 2.01
10.30-10.45 Break (with refreshments) Refectory (Ground Floor)
10.45-12.15 Constructions (parallel sessions)

1a –(Fan)tasies and (Self-)Branding

Chair: Lucy Bennett (Cardiff University)

Queer Accountability: Predatory Sexuality and Incalculable Ethics in Torchwood: Children of Earth
Rodolfo Piskorski
(Cardiff University)

The First Step into a Smaller World? The Transmedia Economy of Disney’s Star Wars
William Proctor (Bournmouth University) and Matthew Freeman (Bath Spa University)

Transcultural Examination of Cosplayers’ Motives, Behaviour and Self-Concept
Osmud Rahman
Ryerson University

1b – Putting the ‘Science’ in Science Fiction

Chair: Aidan Tynan (Cardiff University)

There Is No Cognitive Estrangement
Jo Lindsay Walton
(Northumbria University)

Fallen Robots
David Mellor
(University of Oxford)

‘This is Not Science Fiction’: Communicating Science through Fantasy
Kanta Dihal
(University of Oxford)

1c –Fantasies of Social Justice

Chair: Stephanie Rennick (Cardiff University)

“Amnesty”: Fantastic Communities and Climate Change
Jessie Dilley
University of Glasgow

The Dominance of ‘Fictitious Capital’: Fantasy and the Status-Quo in Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day
Catherine Flay
(Birkbeck, University of London)

Identity Politics and Alien Encounters in African American Science Fiction
Päivi Väätänen
(University of Helsinki)

Rm. 1.01 (session a)

Rm. 1.02 (session b)

Rm. 1.29 (session c)

12.15-13.15 Lunch Refectory (Ground Floor)
13.15-14.45 Departures (parallel sessions)

2a – Viewing, Hearing, & Playing Fantasy

Chair: Helen Snaith (Swansea University)

Identifying the Universal Qualities of Folklore to make Culturally Inclusive Illustration for Picture Books
Katie Forrester
(University of Edinburgh)

“A relic from the analogue age”: Fantasy through Technology in Tanis
Joan Passey
(University of Exeter, University of Bristol)

From Grim Dark to Golden Dark: approaching a new aesthetics in Fantasy
Kevan Manwaring
(University of Leicester)

2b – Other Places, Other Times

Chair: Thomas Tyrrell (Cardiff University)

Psychogeographical Fantasies: Plotting a Course Through the Borderlands of Iain Sinclair
Jon Anderson
Cardiff University

‘Chronically Short of Time’: Irishness, Folklore and Modernity in Kate Thompson’s The New Policeman
Dimitra Fimi
(Cardiff Metropolitan University)

Urban Heterotopia, the Underground City of Mexico
Kyeongeun Park
Washington University, St. Louis

2c –The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Chair: William Proctor (Bournmouth University)

Experiencing Powerfully: How Audiences Find Meaning in Fantasy Films
Martin Barker
(Aberystwyth University)

The Hobbit Films and Transmedial Practices: The World Hobbit Project in Finland
Aino-Kaisa Koistinen, Maria Ruotsalainen, and Tanja Välisalo
(University of Jyvaskyla)

I’m just being a difficult LOTR hardcore fan”: How Fandom and Anti-Fandom Manifest in Online Conversations About Peter Jackson’s Hobbit Trilogy.
Minna Siikilä
(University of Jyväskylä)


Rm. 1.01 (session a)

Rm. 1.02 (session b)

Rm. 1.29 (session c)

14.45-15.00 Break (with refreshments) Refectory (Ground Floor)
15.00-16.30 Deconstructions (parallel sessions)

3a – Heroes: Human and Superhuman

Chair: Ellen Kirkpatrick (Kingston University)

Grace in Their Failings: The Anthropization of the Fantasy of Superheroic Deifiication
Katelynn E. Carver
(University of St Andrews)

Gender in Young Adult Fantasy
Christina Schneider
(Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg)

Multiversity: The Failure of the Superhuman in the Age of the Human Superorganism
Matt McGrady
(Cardiff University)

3b – Monstrous Bodies, Monstrous Worlds

Chair: Caleb Sivyer (Cardiff University)

The Price of Flesh is Love’: Commodification, Corporeality, and Paranormal Romance in Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber
Bill Hughes
(Open Graves, Open Minds)

The Crisis of Homo(masculinity): The Performance of Male Homosexuality in Queer Horror Cinema
Jordan Phillips
(Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh)

‘My cry against the monstrous weapons men have made’: Louise Lawrence’s Ecofeminist Futures
Michelle Deininger
Cardiff University


Rm. 1.01 (session a)

Rm. 1.02 (session b)

Rm. 1.29 (session c)

16.30-16.45 Break (with refreshments) Refectory (Ground Floor)
16.45-17.45 Keynote 2 and Closing


Dr Catherine Butler, ‘Fantasy and the Non-Binary Mind’


Rm. 2.01
17.45-18.30 Drinks reception (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages provided) Rm. 2.04
19.00 Informal dinner Zizzi’s Cardiff