GIFCon 2022 Fantasy Across Media Programme


Abstracts and Speaker Bios can be found here.

Event registration here.

Workshop information can be found here.

This document is updated as needed. All times listed are BST, British Summer Time



Day 1: Wednesday April 27 2022

9:00 – 9:20 Radio GIFCon Breakfast chat on Discord

9:30 – 10:00: Platform wide welcome / Opening words and explanation of the mechanics

10:00 – 11:00: Research Across Media Roundtable (BST)

11:25 – 12:40: Panel 1: Fantasy Will Be Televised

Chair: Katarina O’Dette
Deputy Chair: Liz Weis

11:25 Kat Humphries: “What’s this cheery singing all about?”: Fantasy television and the musical episode 
11:45 Iana Nikitenko: Nostalgia and the Challenges of the Modern World in “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” 
12:05 Carrie Spencer: From Side-line to Storyline: How the Inclusion of Parents on Supernatural Adventures in US Teen Telefantasy is Changing Constructions of Adolescence 

12:25 Discussion

11:25 – 12:40: Panel 2: Online Paratexts

Chair: Grace Worm
Deputy Chair: Rachel Milne

11:25 Jack Fennell: Thermonuclear Druid Power: ‘Post-Truth’ Fantasy and the Re-evaluation of the Celt
11:45 Alice M. Kelly: Dark Swans: Otherness, Queerness, and Femslash Reimaginings
12:05 Carmen Hidalgo-Varo: Bridging Fact and Fiction through the Internet: Jasper Fforde´s Narratives

12:25 Discussion

11:25 – 12:40: Panel 3: Playing the Game

Chair: Halle Campise
Deputy Chair: Isabel Ferrari

11:25 Emma French: ‘This Was Supposed to be the Evil Game!’ – Playful and Critical Subversion in D&D and Dimension 20’s Escape from the Bloodkeep
11:45 Anna Milon: By My Hand Alone: Augmenting Live Action Role-Play Experiences through Writing.
12:05 Gabriel Elvery: Fantastic Friends and Where to Find Them: Fantasy Friendships with Video Game Characters

12:40 – 13:10: Lunch

13:20 – 14:20: Keynote Marjorie Liu (BST)

Chair: TBD, Deputy Chair: Maggie White

14:20 – 14:50: Coffee Break

14: 20 – 14:45 Radio GIFCon Fantasy Music Hour on Discord

14:50 – 16:05: Panel 4 Fantasies of Nation

Chair: Taylor Driggers 
Deputy Chair: Suguru Ikeda 

14:50 Barbora Kaplánková: One of These Things Is Not Like the Others: Princess Cursed in Time and The Issue of Czech Fantasy
15:10 Maria Arvaniti: Finding the Cyclolotogorgocircilarizo: Folklore and identity in the fantasy plays of Xenia Kalogeropoulou
15:30 Louise Child: Tricksters and Skinwalkers: Ambivalent Animism in Indigenous Religions and Native American and Canadian Films 15:50 Discussion

15:50 Discussion

14:50 – 16:05: Panel 5 Fandom Counternarratives

Chair: Mariana Rios Maldonado
Deputy Chair: Hannah Morley

14:50 Christopher Lynch Becherer: Schisms in the Discworld Fandom, or, Who Watches The Watch
15:10 Nicholas Wanberg: Renegotiating Light: Adaptations of Gender, Whiteness and Physicality Between Harry Potter and its Fanfiction

15:30 Discussion

14:50 – 16:05: Panel 6 Fantastic Hesitation in Digital Worlds

Chair: Halle Campise
Deputy Chair: Isabelle Gebhart

14:50 Pamela Elaine Miller: Foul Murder: The Role of Unreliable Narrative in “The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind”
15:10 Kate Fry and Rebecca Gault: Desired Realities: Reality Shifting and Portal Quest Fantasy
15:30 Eva McLean: ‘How strange and brief all of this is’: What Remains of Edith Finch, Empathy and Liminal Fantasy

15:50 Discussion

16:15 – 17:00 Radio GIFCon Closing Chat on Discord

Day 2: Thursday 28 April 2022

9:00 – 9:20 Radio GIFCon Breakfast Chat on Discord

9:30 – 10:45: Panel 7 Modes of Fantasy Production

Chair: Dimitra Fimi
Deputy Chair: Robin Daly

9:30 Kim Wilkins: Born Convergent: Young Adult Fantasy across Platforms and Media 
9:50 Devika Mehra and Supriya Baijal: Fantasy, Nation, and the Hindi televisual space: A Study of the T.V. Adaptation of Devki Nandan Khatri’s Chandrakanta 
10:10 Katarina O’Dette: It’s Not Fantasy, It’s HBO: Filtering Genre through Channel Brands 

 10: 30 Discussion

9:30 – 10:45: Panel 8 Out in the World

Chair: Taylor Driggers
Deputy Chair: Maggie White

9:30 Dipanwita Paul: Durga Meets The Avengers: How Fantasy Texts are reimagined in the religious festivities of Bengal
9:50 Douglas A. Van Belle: Metal as Medium: An Artisan Bladesmith’s Insights into the Fantasy of Magical Weaponry
10:10 Silvia Storti: Advertising the fairy tale: the happily ever after con

10:30 Discussion

9:30 – 10:45: Panel 9 Mapping Mediums

Chair: Grace Worm
Deputy Chair: Amy Richmond

Matthew J. Elder: The Utopian Potential of Fantasy Worldbuilding through The Quiet Year 
9:30 Siravich Khurat: Serial World-Building: Resetting the Digital World and Trailing Zemuria
9:50 Tungabhadra Banerjee: Magic, Myth and the ‘Perilous Realm’ of Fantasy Media: Exploring the World of Xianxia in the Chinese Television Series ‘The Untamed’ (2019)

10:10 Discussion

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:10 – 12:25: Workshops (Sign ups will go out via Eventbrite close to GIFCon)

12:25 – 13:00 Lunch Break

12:25 – 12:55 Radio GIFCon Fantasy Music Hour on Discord

13:00 – 14:15: Panel 10 Myths Adapted

Chair: Rob Maslen
Deputy Chair: Amy Richmond

13:00 Arusharko Banerjeea: A Study in Non-Anglophone Fantasy Literature: Graphic Re-presentation of the Mahabharata Mythology 
13:20 Timothy Miller: Orpheus in the Wasteland: Anaïs Mitchell’s “Folk Opera” Hadestown and Satanic Capitalism 

13:40 Discussion

13:00 – 14:15: Panel 11 Media Monsters

Chair: Taylor Driggers
Deputy Chair: Anadhika Basin

13:00 Steffen Hantke: “Size Matters”: Why Giant Creatures on Screen Keep Getting Bigger
13:20 Zoe Wible: Fantastic creatures and film form: the example of shot/ reverse shot
13:40 Anika Klose: I Am The Monster You Created: Deconstructing The Monstrous Other in Andrezj Sapkowski’s The Witcher Adaptations

14:00 Discussion

13:00 – 14:15: Panel 12 Visualizing Fantasy

Chair: Emma French
Deputy Chair: Rowan McCormick

13:00 Shree Thaarshini S: Winx Club and the Fates of Styling
13:20 Alexandra Gushurst-Moore: Space and Time in Visual Works of Fantasy: Towards a Methodology

13:40 Discussion

14:15 – 14:45: Break

14:45 – 15:45: Keynote Matthew Sangster (BST)

Chair: Mariana Rios Maldonado, Deputy Chair: Liz Weis

16:00 – 16:45 Radio GIFCon Closing Chat on Discord

Day 3: Friday 29 April 2022

12:00 – 12:45 Radio GIFCon Networking Event on Discord

15:15 – 16:30: Panel 13 Medium is the Message

Chair: Isabel Ferrari
Deputy Chair: Suguru Ikeda

15:15 Anthony E. Dominguez: Split-Screen(s): Interfacing with Shibuya in The World Ends With You 
15:35 Alfredo Mac Laughlin: Philosophy Quest! Using Fantasy in a Game-Based-Learning Philosophy Course 
15:55 Caighlan Smith: A Hero’s Morality Play: Epic Fantasy Heroes and Morality Mechanics in Video Games 

16:15 Discussion

15:15 – 16:30: Panel 14 Negotiating Genre on the Small Screen

Chair: Katarina O’Dette
Deputy Chair: Ciara Higgins

15:15 Ida Yoshinaga: Fantasy Modes that Fuel Sadcoms: the Generic (Genre) Labor of Millennial Community Expression Innovates Televisual Pre-production Cultures
15:35 Paromita Patranobish: Solastalgia and Planetary Affect in Katla (2021)
15:55 Eilidh Harrower: “I’ll see you again in 25 years” – Liminal Boundaries of Genre, Time and Plot in ‘Twin Peaks’ 

16:15 Discussion

15:15 – 16:30: Panel 15 Magic and Mundane in Manga and Anime

Chair: Rob Maslen
Deputy Chair: Rowan McCormick

15:15 Hannah Barton: The Weathering is Magical: The Mundane Moments in Climate Change
15:35 Özcan Kahraman: A Fantastic Slice-of-Life Experience: Exploring the Ordinary in Fantasy with Hayao Miyazaki
15:55 Sydney Paige Guerrero: Indescribably Vivid: Lovecraftian Horror in the Manga of Junji Ito

16:15 Discussion

16:30 – 17:00 Break

16:30 – 16:55 Radio GIFCon Fantasy Music Hour on Discord

17:00 18:00: Keynote Cáel Keegan (BST)

Chair: Taylor Driggers, Deputy Chair: Katarina O’Dette

18:25 – 19:40: Panel 16 Fantastic Bodyminds

Chair: Taylor Driggers
Deputy Chair: Rachel Milne

18:25 Elizabeth Boothby: “Mom, it’s not you”: The Owl House, validation seeking, and the queerly-othered mother figure in children’s fantasy media 
18:45 Julia Jin Wang: Disrupting Constructions of “Abledness”: A Neo-Daoist Reading of Fantasy Cultivation in Eternal Love 
19:05 Madalena Daleziou: Representations of Disability in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Dororo 

19:25 Discussion

18:25 – 19:40: Panel 17 Moving Through Virtual Worlds

Chair: Halle Campise
Deputy Chair: Shannon Carroll

18:25 Sarah Bresnahan: Entering the Game: Videogames as Fantastic Portals
18:45 James G. Lowder: “There’s so much more to discover before the world ends”: Walking Through Ruins and Encountering Entropy in Horizon Zero Dawn
19:05 Misha Grifka Wander: Learning to Use Elfroot: Video Games and Worldbuilding 

19:25 Discussion

18:25 – 19:40: Panel 18 Iconic Characters Across Media

Chair: Mariana Rios Maldonado
Deputy Chair: Samantha Godsick

18:25 Bettina Charlotte Burger: From Trickster to Villain to LGBT icon – Loki God(dess) of Mischief Across Media
18:45 Michael A. Torregrossa: Arthur, King of the Comics? The Functions of Arthur Pendragon in Comics and Comic Art
19:05 Marta Miquel-Baldellou: Traces of Gaston Leroux’s ‘Le Fantôme de l’Opéra’ in Alejandro Amenábar’s ‘Abre los Ojos’

19:25 Discussion

20:00 – Later Radio GIFCon Discord De-Stress Social

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