#EMBODYINGFANTASITKA - Embodying Fantastika - 8th-10th August 2019

The sixth annual Fantastika conference aimed to define, challenge and debate conceptualisations of embodiment by investigating how various bodily forms are addressed or ruptured across a myriad of canvases, whether it be through (re)construction, transposition or indeed destabilisation. The conference diagnosed how Fantastika texts may extend upon or confront definitions of what it even means to be ‘embodied’, inviting researchers from fields such as posthumanism, medical humanities and other relevant fields to collaborate through productive discussion.

The conference included keynotes from Prof. Sherryl Vint (University of California, Riverside, USA) and Dr. Sara Wasson (Lancaster University, UK), and welcomed 40 speakers across 17 panels.

Embodying Fantastika CFP

Embodying Fantastika Programme

Conference Website

A special issue of the journal will published extended papers from the conference. Visit Call for Papers for more information.

Conference Organisers: Kerry Dodd and Mike Ryder

#afterfantastika - After Fantastika, 6th and 7th July 2018

On July 6th & 7th, 2018 - the fifth annual Fantastika Conference - After Fantastika - considered what comes ‘after,’ exploring the impact of temporal narratives within Fantastika and related genres.

Keynotes were delivered by Dr Caroline Edwards and Dr Andrew Tate. The original CFP and full abstracts and bionotes of the programme can be downloaded here:

After Fantastika CFP

After Fantastika Programme

Extended articles from the conference will be published in a special edition of the Fantastika Journal.

Conference Organisers: Kerry Dodd, with Charul (Chuckie) Palmer-Patel as Assistant

#fantastika2017 - Performing Fantastika

On  April 28th & 29th, 2017, the fourth Fantastika Conference  - Performing Fantastika - ​focused on performative bodies in Fantastika.  This included performance in theatrical plays and films, as well as an  examination of the body itself. How is the body performed and perceived  in fantastika texts? How do Fantastika texts and our interaction with Fantastika texts modulate our understanding of performative bodies?

Keynotes were delivered by Eddie Robson, Prof Catherine Spooner, and Dr Tajinder Hayer. The original CFP and full abstracts and bionotes of the programme can be downloaded here:

Performing Fantastika CFP

Performing Fantastika Programme

Extended articles from the conference were published in a special edition of the Fantastika Journal along with articles and reviews of books, films, television shows. etc. See the Fantastika Issues page to download the articles.

Conference Organisers: Charul (Chuckie) Palmer-Patel and Brian Baker

#fantastika2016 - Global Fantastika

On July 4th & 5th, 2016, the third Fantastika Conference - Global Fantastika - ​focused  on productions of Fantastika globally, as well as considered themes of  contact across nations and borders within Fantastika.

Keynotes were delivered by Prof. David Punter, Dr. Mark Bould, and a joint keynote by Dr. Sarah Ilott and Chloé Germaine Buckley. The original CFP and full abstracts and bionotes of the programme can be found here:

Global Fantastika CFP

Global Fantastika Programme

Extended articles from the conference were published in a special edition of the Fantastika Journal along with articles and reviews of books, films, television shows. etc. See the Fantastika Issues page to download the articles.

Conference Organisers: Charul (Chuckie) Palmer-Patel and Rachel Fox

#fantastika2015 - Locating Fantastika

On  July 7th & 8th, 2015, the second Fantastika Conference - Locating  Fantastika - explored all areas of space, setting, and locations, either  in the fictional world of fantastika or in fantastical networks with  the real world.

Keynotes were delivered by Dr. Ruth Heholt and Philippa Semper.

The original CFP and full abstracts and bionotes of the programme can be found here:

Locating Fantastika CFP

Locating Fantastika Programme

Extended articles from the conference have been published in The Luminary. See the Fantastika Issues page to download the articles.

​Conference Organisers: Charul (Chuckie) Patel

#fantastika2014 - Visualizing Fantastika

On  July 4th, 2014, the first Fantastika Conference - Visualizing  Fantastika - considered the visual possibilities of the fantastic in a  wide range of arts and media.

Keynotes were delivered by Dr. Brian Baker and Bryan Talbot.

The original CFP and full abstracts and bionotes of the programme can be found here:

Visualizing Fantastika CFP

Visualizing Fantastika Programme

Extended articles from the conference have been published in The Luminary. See the Fantastika Issues page to download the articles.

​Conference Organizers: Charul (Chuckie) Patel, Rhianon Jones, Vivien Leanne Saunders