GIFCon 2023 Boundaries and Margins Programme

Event registration can be found here
Keynotes and Reading Suggestions can be found here.
Abstracts and Speaker Bios can be found here
Workshops and Roundtables can be found here.

Workshop registration opens on May 3 at noon BST. 

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


Tuesday 9 May 2023
18:00-18:45 Discord Welcome in our Discord
Day 1: Wednesday 10 May 2023 
9:30 – 10:00: Platform wide welcome / Opening words and explanation of the mechanics 
10:00 – 11:00: Roundtable: Researching Boundaries and Margins with Bettina Juszak, Dion Dobrzynski, Parinita Shetty, and Mariana Rios Maldonado
Chaired by Grace A.T. Worm with Deputy Chair Dimitra Fimi
11:25 – 12:40: Panel 1A         
Fantastic Liminalities         
Chair: Lucinda Holdsworth 
Deputy Chair: Madeline Wahl

11:25 Chengcheng You: Outlandish Representations: Crossing Boundaries of Species and Genres in Young Adult Liminal Fantasy  

 11:45 Parvathy R.: The Cracks Within: Liminality and Hero-making in Fantasy 

12:05 Vaibhav Dwivedi: The Porous House: Investigating the House as a Space of the Fantastic in Neil Gaiman’s Coraline 

12:25 Discussion 

11:25 – 12:40: Panel 1B      
Boundaries of Humanity  
Chair: Anna Milon
Deputy Chair: Frances Pearson 

11:25 Canchen Cao: What the “Other” Uncovers: The Periphery of the Medieval Fantasy World and Universe  

11:45 Hannah Mimiec: Won’t Somebody Think of the Children! Liminal Fantasy and Biopower in Hope Mirrlees’s ‘Lud-In-The-Mist’ 

12:05 Xiuqi Huang: Boundary Between the Human and the Inhuman in Arthur C. Clarke’s and Liu Cixin’s Science Fiction 

12:25 Discussion 
11:25 – 12:40: Panel 1C      
Dungeons & Dragons & Drawing New Boundaries 
Chair: Emma French
Deputy Chair: Anika Klose

11:25 Amy Richmond: The Living (and Loving) Dead: The Erotic Rejection of Death in Critical Role: Campaign 3  

11:45 Fiona Reid: Beyond the Table and Into the Dungeon: How Neurodivergent and Queer People Explore Identity Through TTRPGs 

12:05 Dr Dimitra Nikolaidou: Centering on the Margins: The Evolution of Fantasy Tabletop Role-Playing Games
12:25 Discussion 

12:40 – 13:10: Lunch 
13:30 – 14:30: Keynote: Dr Will Tattersdill, ‘Breathe Deep, Seek Peace’: The Fantasy/Science Boundary, Especially As It Applies To Dinosaurs
Chaired by Dimitra Fimi with Deputy Chair Madeline Wahl
14:30 – 14:50 Coffee Break 
14:50 – 16:05: Panel 2A      
Queering Fantasies 1
Chair: Taylor Driggers
Deputy Chair: Jiaxin Liu

14:50 Tam Moules: Flower of Knights, Knight of Flowers: Transgression of Gendered Boundaries in Retellings of the Tale of Peredur 

15:10 Mercury Natis: “And its Folks are Queerer”: Queer Marginality and the Found Family Dynamics of the Bagginses of Bag-End 

15:30 Mars Nicoli: The Sex of Angels: Nonbinary readings of otherworldly creatures in Supernatural (2005-2020) and Good Omens (2019-) 

15:50 Discussion  
14:50 – 16:05: Panel 2B      
Interrogating Fairy Tales and Folktales 
Chair: Anna Milon
Deputy Chair: Sarah Koki

14:50 Cristina Espejo: Fairy tales and Fantasy: Expanding Boundaries and Subverting Expectations 

15:10 Francesca Bihet: On the Borders of Fairyland: Science and the Supernatural in Andrew Lang’s That Very Mab and The Chronicles of Pantouflia 

15:30 Madeleine Sinclair: Fantastical Subjectivity in Rana Dasgupta’s Twenty-First Century Folktales
15:50 Discussion   

14:50 – 16:05: Panel 2C      
Crossing Thresholds 
Chair: Siobhan Mulligan
Deputy Chair: Annemarie Whitehurst

14:50 Madalena Daleziou: Threshold Crossing and Deconstructed Portals in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials and Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
15:10 Isabelle Hanshue: From Prisoner to King: Entrapment and Escape Through the Fantastic in Susanna Clarke’s Novels 

15:30 Luise Rössel: Crossing the lake – The land of the dead, resurrection, and Jesus in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials 

15:50 Discussion


Day 2: Thursday 11 May 2023 
9:30 – 10:45: Panel 3A  
The Political Fantastic 
Chair: Dimitra Fimi
Deputy Chair: Annemarie Whitehurst

9:30 Samantha Hammond: “To Win or Lose a Great Game”: Board Games, Seth Dickinson’s “Masquerade” Series, and Policing Fantasy’s Political Boundaries 

9:50 Louise Marchel: Revolution or Fantastic Dream? The Importance of William Morris’ ‘News from Nowhere’ in the Psychedelic Creative Landscape of 1960s London 

10:10 Esther Edelmann: Fantastic Underdevelopment in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s The Devil’s Elixirs and Reinaldo Arenas’ Hallucinations 

10:30 Discussion  
9:30 – 10:45: Panel 3B   
Rewriting Women in National Contexts 
Chair: Isabel Ferrari
Deputy Chair: Hannah Mimiec

9:30 Yimin Xu: Re/discovering Women in Chinese Taoist Myth: New Gods: Yang Jian 

9:50 Aicha Daoudi: Trickster Witches: The Manifestation of the Archaic Trickster Energy in Female Characters of the American Fantasy Genre. 

10:10 Ane B. Ruiz-Lejarcegui: Embracing Hybrid Identities in Silvia Moreno-García’s The Daughter of Doctor Moreau 

10:30 Discussion   
9:30 – 10:45: Panel 3C      
Crossover Audiences 
Chair: Tom Emanuel
Deputy Chair: Grace A.T. Worm

9:30 Lizao Hu: Fantasy as crossover carnival: Transgressing boundaries in Aaron Becker’s wordless picturebook trilogy 

9:50 Alvin Emmanuel Alagao: A Filipino Gamer Gets Lost in the Universe of Saga Frontier in 1998 and 2021: An Autoethnography 

10:10 James Lowder and Fergus Attlee: Fantastic Interdisciplinarity: Two Human Geographers on Makoto Shinkai’s Voices of a Distant Star and Your Name
10:30 Discussion  

10:45 – 11:15 Break 
11:15 – 12:30: Workshops 
4A: “Solo Roleplaying Games: History and How To” with Anna Blackwell 
Deputy Chair: Tam Moules

4B: “Writing Hybrid Genres” with Dr Oliver Langmead 
Deputy Chair: Laura Sanchez

4C: “Boundless Empathy: Exploring Non-Anthropocentric Writing” with Michael Deerwater 
Deputy Chair: Maggie Naylor
12:30 – 13:00 Lunch Break  
13:00 – 13:55: Panel 5A
Representing Hostile Worlds 
Chair: Isabel Ferrari
Deputy Chair: Sarah Koki

13:00 Katarina Dulude: To Refuse What Has Been Refused to You: Depictions of the Undercommons in the Future Imaginaries of Arcane and Babel 

13:20 Despoina Tantsiopoulou: Opposing School of Thought: Marginalization and the Campus in R.F. Kuang’s “Babel” 

13:40 Discussion

13:00 – 14:15: Panel 5B
Screening Fantastic Horrors  
Chair: Maria Arvaniti
Deputy Chair: Jiaxin Liu

13:00 Jamie MacGregor: Now with more blood, guts, and gore!: Horror Cinema in the Wake of Covid-19 

13:20 Eilidh Harrower: “You kids have fun” – ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ and ‘Scream’ as Reflections of Changing Generational Fears 

13:40 Rebecca Gault: A Conspiracy of Bodies: Negating Sexual Anthropocentrism

14:00 Discussion  
13:00 – 14:15: Panel 5C          
Renegotiating Fantastic Margins 
Chair: Siobhan Mulligan
Deputy Chair: Maggie Naylor

13:00 Suzanne Black: Canon(n)s in the Distance: Black Sails Fanfiction, Decolonial Gothic and the Negotiation of Canon 

13:20 Anika Klose: “My Colours Are Mine” – New Shades of Detective Fiction in Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina’s Catching Teller Crow   

13:40 Saga Bokne: Settler Fairies: Postcolonial Implications of Fairies in America 

14:00 Discussion
14:15 – 14:45: Break 
14:45 – 15:45: Keynote: Nghi Vo, A Fantastic Conversation
Chaired by Matthew Sangster with Deputy Chair Laura Sanchez

Day 3: Friday 12 May 2023 
12:30 – 13:30: Networking Event 
13:45 – 15:00: Workshops & Discussion Groups 
6A: “‘The tale is the map that is the territory’: Exploring national identity and the fantastic unknown through the Hunterian Collection” with Siobhan Mulligan and Isabel Ferrari 
Deputy Chair: Laura Sanchez

6B: “Academic Yassification: From Essay to Article, Navigating Student Publishing” with Gabriel Elvery 
Deputy Chair: Katarina O’Dette

6C: Tabletop Role Playing Games Roundtable with Andy Tytler, Misha Grifka, and Beatrix Livesey-Stephens
Chaired by Emma French
15:15 – 16:30: Panel 7A           
Gaming the Boundaries 
Chair: Rhys Pasternack
Deputy Chair: Maggie Naylor

15:15 Caighlan Smith: Colors of Compassion: Breaking Boundaries through Fantastical Empathy Play in Life is Strange: True Colors
15:35 Mark Hines: Stats and Soil: Race and Homeland in Fantastic Worlds 

15:55 Charlie Schroeder & Roxanne Tuckman: Grotesque Bodies and Surreal Planes: Transgressing the Boundaries of the Weird through Video Game Glitches  

16:15 Discussion 
15:15 – 16:10: Panel 7B     
Queering Boundaries 2
Chair: Maria Arvaniti
Deputy Chair: Anika Klose

15:15 Rachel Milne: We’re All Mad Queer: Breaching the Boundaries of Sanity and Sex in Wonderland and Oz 

15:35 Amber Hancock: Rejected and Searching for Home: An Exploration of Doorways and Queer Representation in Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway  

15:55 Discussion
15:15 – 16:10: Panel 7C     
Negotiating Genre 
Chair: Tom Emanuel
Deputy Chair: Hannah Mimiec

15:15 Nathaniel Harrington: “síneadh eile lenár dtraidisiún scéalaíochta”: Fantasy and “Celtic” tradition 

15:35 Anushmita Mohanty: On Why We Read Fantasy: Affective Responses as Generic Boundaries  

15:55 Discussion
16:30 – 17:00 Break 
17:00 – 18:00: Keynote: Dr Sami Schalk, Reimagining Bodyminds and Liberation in Pandemic Times 
Chaired by Taylor Driggers with Deputy Chair Jiaxin Liu
18:25 – 19:40: Panel 8A   
Embodied Fantasy 
Chair: Siobhan Mulligan
Deputy Chair: Annemarie Whitehurst

18:25 Megan Stephens: The borders of power: Superheroes and disability
18:45 M. Caroline McCaulay: “The Childbed is Our Battlefield”: Examining Depictions of Childbirth in Contemporary Fantasy  

19:05 Madeline Wahl: Who Is Allowed To Cast Spells?: Stuttering, Fluency, And Spellcasting In The Harry Potter Series 

19:25 Discussion 
18:25 – 19:40: Panel 8B      
Transgressing the Text  
Chair: Anna Milon
Deputy Chair: Hannah Mimiec

18:25 Cameron Bourquein:  How Do You Solve a Problem Like “Mairon”?: Exploring How Sauron’s Most Marginal Name Recasts the Lord of the Rings
18:45 Timothy Miller: Unicorn Variations: Continuity and Change in the Many Versions of The Last Unicorn 

19:05 Eugenia Biavati: Resisting narrative patterns: the transgressive power of Terry Pratchett’s parody 

19:25 Discussion  
18:25 – 19:40: Panel 8C   
Fantasies of Environmental Realities 
Chair: Grace A.T. Worm
Deputy Chair: Sarah Koki

18:25 Maggie White: Challenging Energy Exuberance through Epic Fantasy: A Study of N.K. Jemisin’s The Broken Earth trilogy 

18:45 Declan Roberts: Blurred Battle Lines: Analyzing Energy Analogues in Tracy Deonn’s Legendborn 

19:05 Sababa Monjur: “I Don’t Wanna Become a Demon”: Rethinking Binaries in Princess Mononoke and Okja 

19:25 Discussion  
20:00 – Later: Post-conference social [in person and on Zoom] 

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