The English Studies Institute of Pázmány Péter Catholic University (PPKE) launches its first international conference on the fantastic in literature, film and other creative media. The aim of the conference is to provide a venue for both Hungarian practitioners of this fledging field of criticism and international scholars interested in the fantastic defined in its widest sense.
Papers are welcome on topics that deal with the construction of otherness and terrae incognitae, and the dislocation of the familiar in works from such genres or modes as science fiction, fantasy, supernatural horror, utopia and dystopia, as well as any papers on the history of the fantastic, theory and the fantastic, or individual authors of the fantastic.
The conference will be dedicated to the memory of Robert Holdstock (1948–2009), one of Britain’s finest fantasy writers and papers on his fiction are especially welcome.
Confirmed plenary speakers include
Prof. Patrick Parrinder (University of Reading), author of Nation and Novel: The English Novel from Its Origins to the Present Day and Shadows of the Future: H.G. Wells, Science Fiction and Prophecy, as well as editor of several novels of H. G. Wells in the Oxford Classics series; and
Prof. Donald E. Morse (University of Debrecen), author of The Novels of Kurt Vonnegut: Imagining Being an American, and editor (with Kálmán Matolcsy) of Robert Holdstock’s Mythic Fantasy.
The conference will take place at the Piliscsaba campus of the Faculty of Humanities of PPKE, about 25 km northwest of Budapest. Accomodation is available on campus, but the site is easily available from central Budapest both by bus and by train.
Languages of the Conference: English and Hungarian. Hungarian presentations will be organized in separate sessions.
Direct all inquiries and/or send 250-300-word abstracts before December 15, 2010 to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
More and updated information is available on the conference's homepage: http://btk.ppke.hu/visions-conference
Karoly Pinter PhD
Pazmany Peter Catholic University
Egyetem u. 1.
2087 Piliscsaba, Hungary
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