GIFCon 2024: Conjuring Creatures and Worlds – Programme

Event registration can be found here.
Speaker abstract and bios can be found here.
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Workshops and Roundtables can be found here

Workshop registration opens on May 6.

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


9:45 – 10:00: Platform Wide Welcome / Opening words and explanation of the mechanics with Will Tattersdill  

11:00-11:15 Coffee Break ☕

Panel 1
11:15 – 12:30 

Panel 1A
Intertextual Conjurations 
Chair: Emma French 
Deputy Chair: Olivia Cacciatore 

11:15 Vaibhav Dwivedi, “Of Faceless Monsters and Secret Terrors: Analysing the Hybrid Anatomy of Slenderman” 
11:35 Elliott Greene, “(Re)Writing Reality: Authorial Power and Narration as Conjuration in Alan Wake 2” 
11:55 Maria Damkjær, “Conjuring worlds through book culture” 
12:15: Discussion

Panel 1B
Shifting Legends 
Chair: Sam Tegetmeyer
Deputy Chair: Maggie Naylor 

11:15 Grace Rhyne, “Charlotte Riddell: Literary Banshee” 
11:35 Martine Gjermundsen Ræstad, “When Nature Speaks: Fictional A.I. as Folkloric Creatures of the Technological Age” 
11:55 Anisha Das, “Legends of the land: Assam’s mythical creatures and their ecological resonance.” 

12:15: Discussion

Panel 1C
Monster Myths   
Chair: Dulmi Wickremasinghe
Deputy Chair: Karla Calvillo-Salinas

11:15 Zainab Wahab, “Monsters of Greed and Guilt: Examining Mythical Monsters as Symbols of Oppression in Tumbbad and Ghoul” 
11:35 Hannah Mimiec, “‘The Screaming Horrors’: Animal Advocacy and Eldritch Horror in Watership Down” 
11:55 Corinne Matthews, “Conjuring Consent: Magic, Power, and Patriarchy in Young Adult Fantasy”  

12:15: Discussion

12:30-13:30 Lunch Break 🍽️

13:30-14:30: Keynote: Emily Selove

Chair: Matthew Sangster
Deputy Chair: Orla Davey

14:30 – 14:45 Coffee Break ☕

Panel 2 
14:45 – 16:00

Panel 2A
The Imperial and the Gothic
Chair: Georgina Gale  
Deputy Chair: Chris Lynch Becherer

14:45 Hannah Frances Roux, ““Not the Real Orient but a Fantasy”: C.S. Lewis’s Calormen and Edith Sitwell’s Modernist Orientalism.” 
15:05 Manon Hakem-Lemaire, “The Fantasy of Alterity in Richard Marsh’s Imperial Gothic Novel The Beetle (1897)” 
15:25 Eva McLean, “‘But the flower is made of shadow:’ The ecoGothic, the Ephemeral and the Fantastic within C.J. Cooke’s The Ghost Woods” 

15:45 Discussion
Panel 2B
Constructed Disability
Chair: Grace A.T. Worm 
Deputy Chair: Maggie Naylor 

14:45 Emilie Morscheck, “Reimagining Disability in YA Fantasy: Exploring Harper and Rhen in ‘A Curse So Dark and Lonely’” 
15:05 Madeline Wahl, “Who Can Speak Characters Into Existence?: Stuttering, Fluency, and Conjuring Characters in Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart” 
15:25 Şevval Tufan, “Liminal Worlds, Marginalised Beings and Disabled Bodies in Ihsan Oktay Anar’s “The Atlas of Misty Continents” and “Amat”” 

15:45 Discussion
Panel 2C
The Non-Human
Chair: Will Tattersdill 
Deputy Chair: Diana Rotar

14:45Ane B. Ruiz-Lejarcegui, ”Enacting the Nonhuman: A.I. Consciousness and Text-Reader Interaction in Becky Chambers’ A Closed and Common Orbit” 
15:05 Scarlett Butchers, ““This was a place of wonders once”: David Rudkin’s Magical Landscapes” 
15:25 Nick Stember, “Desert Solitaire: Tales of the Strange, Fantastic, and Immortal in Nie Jun’s Seekers of the Aweto” 

15:45 Discussion
Panel 2D
Monstrous Sexuality
Chair: Dulmi Wickremasinghe 
Deputy Chair: Robbin Dowling

14:45 Frankie Bradley, “Love and Monsters: Viewing Monster Romance Through a Queer Lens” 
 Brynnah Runyan, “Alienation of A-Spec Identities: Sexuality, Romantic Love, and What it Means to Be Human” 
15:25 Mercury Natis, “Letting the Beastly Beast Go: Navigating compulsory heterosexuality through King Pellinore and the Questing Beast in The Once and Future King” 

15:45 Discussion

Panel 3  
9:30 – 10:45 

Panel 3A   Female Horrors  
Chair: Hollie Willis
Deputy Chair: Hollyn Middleton

9:30Caroline Hannum, “Girls Against Gods: Divinity as the Female Hero’s Antagonist, a Metaphor for Patriarchal Control” 
9:50 Xiana Vázquez Bouzó, “Representations of the Alien Enemy in the Post-Anthropocene: Two Case Studies of Filmic Depictions of Otherness through Gender (Under the Skin) and Animality (Nope)” 
10:10 Amy Richmond, ““It makes us feel a little like God”: Conjuring Delusions and Creation in Mona Awad’s Bunny” 

10:30 Discussion
Panel 3B Marginalized Multimedia
Chair: Emma French 
Deputy Chair: Maidah Rihan 

9:30 Catherine Hall, “Dwarvish Point of View?: Neo-Khuzdul, Fanfiction, and the Construction of an Alternative Middle-earth” 
9:50 Rebecca Gault, “(Re)Creating Marginalised Identity in the Omegaverse” 
10:10 Kristine Larsen, ““Even those who are different can survive”: Dragons, Speciesism, and Procreation in Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher and its Adaptations” 

10:30 Discussion
Panel 3C Science Cycles  
Chair: Will Tattersdill 
Deputy Chair: Diana Rotar 

9:30 Rebecca Lloyd, “Reuse, recycle: Terry Pratchett’s Igors and the monstrous remade body.” 
9:50 Vincent Pritchard, “The Conjuring Trinary: Systems of Summoning” 
10:10 Dr. Bettina Charlotte Burger, “Their Primitive Superstition vs. Our Scientific and Enlightened Magic – Magic Systems in T.L. Huchu’s Edinburgh Nights series” 

10:30 Discussion

10:45 – 11:15Coffee Break ☕

12:30-13:30 Lunch Break 🍽️

13:30 – 14:30: Keynote: Carolyn Jess-Cooke

Chair: Dimitra Fimi
Deputy Chair: Will Sherwood  

14:30 – 14:45 Coffee Break  ☕

Panel 5  
14:45 – 16:00

Panel 5A  Monster Girls
Chair: Hollie Willis 
Deputy Chair: Hollyn Middleton
14:45 Inês Vaz, “Monster Girls Turning Darkness to Light: Subversive Uses of Monstrosity in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power and Nimona” 
15:05 Tara West, “Made a Villian: ND Stevenson’s Nimona and a Lesson in Difference” 
15:25 David Muiños Garcia, “Motherless: Absent, Spectral, and Monstrous Motherhood in Video Games” 

15:45 Discussion
Panel 5B Representations and Symbols in Film 
Chair: Sam Tegtmeyer 
Deputy Chair: Robbin Dowling

14:45 Zoe Wible, “A Link Between the Historical Evolution of  Creature Design in Fantastic Film and Fine-Grained Representation of Non-Human  Experience?” 
15:05 Barbora Kaplánková, “Children of Miyazaki: Travellers into the Unseen” 
15:25 Tam Moules, “Holly Berries Like Drops of Blood: Conjuring the Green Knight as Monster in Prose and Film” 

15:45 Discussion
Panel 5C Conjuring Identity
Chair: Grace A.T. Worm 
Deputy Chair: Maggie Naylor 

14:45 Michael Quinn, ““The stolen future cannot be given back to me”: Exploring personal identity through Paragon in Robin Hobb’s ‘Realm of the Elderlings’” 
15:05 Siravich Khurat, “Shoukan: The Summoners who conjure the other Half of their Souls” 
15:25 Supriya Baijal, “Magical Realms of Morality and Mystery: Reimagining Reality in ‘The Adventures of Amir Hamza’ and ‘Five-and-Twenty Tales of the Genie’” 

15:45 Discussion

12:30 – 13:30: Keynote: Zen Cho

Chair: Will Tattersdill
Deputy Chair: Orla Davey

13:30- 13:45 Coffee Break ☕

Panel 6  
13:45 – 15:00 

Panel 6A Interrogating Television  
Chair: Will Sherwood 
Deputy Chair:  Catherine Hall

 13:45 Zvonimir Prtenjača, “X-Men’s White Gaze: Conjuring an Apocalypse of Superheroines of Colour” 
14:05 Dulmi Wickremasinghe, “An LOTR world “for everyone”? Discussing Amazon’s interventions in Tolkien’s representation of Elvish gender aesthetics”
14:25 C. T. Power, “House of the Dragon: Gender, Race and the Persistent Past” 

14:45 Discussion
Panel 6B   Conjuring Utopia
Chair: Emma French 
Deputy Chair: Rebecca Solomon

13:45 Astrid Roesen Abildgaard, “Conjuring a World of Women – And a Solution to our Climate Struggles? Human-nature relationships in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “Herland”” 
14:05 Rachel Harrison, “From Her Mind to Herland: The Women Conjuring Gynotopia” 
14:25 Meg Horridge, “Conjuring Utopia: How Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed Builds an Imperfect World” 

14:45 Discussion
Panel 6C Re-Writing History 
Chair: Georgina Gale  
Deputy Chair: Karla Calvillo-Salinas

13:45 Hollie Willis, “’The Locals Bite Back’: A Defence of the Tuunbaq and the Use of Fantasy in ‘The Terror’” 
14:05 Gao Weiming, “Conjuring Historical Figures and Alternative History Narratives: A Study of the Japanese Fantasy Franchise Fate” 
14:25 Rebecca Pearce, “”All in a Day’s Work for a Hero”: Once Upon a Time and the Fantastical Byronic Hero-Villain Cycle” 

14:45 Discussion

16:00 – 16:15 Coffee Break ☕

Panel 8  
17:15 – 18:30 

Panel 8A Experiencing Change in Fantasy
Chair: Hollie Willis  
Deputy Chair: Robbin Dowling

17:15 Fiona Reid, “Humans and robots: neuroqueer identity exploration through Dungeons and Dragons” 
17:35 Anna Milon and Tom Emanuel, “Conjured Presence: Spiritual Experiences in Fantasy Spaces” 
17:55 Daniel Jordan, “Roll for profit: Exploring capitalist realism in fantasy video games” 

18:15 Discussion
Panel 8B The Other Other
Chair: Will Sherwood 
Deputy Chair: Karla Calvillo-Salinas 

17:15 Iria Seijas-Pérez, “Analysing the Witch Figure in Irish YA Fiction: Deirdre Sullivan’s Perfectly Preventable Deaths (2019) and Sarah Maria Griffin’s Other Words for Smoke (2019)” 
17:35 Nathaniel Harrington, “Teachd Chonain: Celticism, settler colonialism, and the fantasy barbarian” 
17:55 Olivia Scarr, “(Un)homely Cultivations: the botanical Other as the ‘Monstrous Feminine’ in Short Fiction of the Fin de Siècle” 

18:15 Discussion
Panel 8C Body Transformation
Chair: Dulmi Wickremasinghe 
Deputy Chair: Olivia Cacciatore 

17:15 Alice Langley, “Transformation as conjuration: the power of the post-menopausal woman.” 
17:35 Ning Lee, “Age’s Mischief: Writing Ageing into the Fantastika in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant” 
17:55 Rachel Cairns, “Fat in the Forgotten Realms: Fat embodiment, monstrosity and the non-normative body in participatory fantasy storytelling” 

18:15 Discussion

19:00 – Later: Hang out in the Discord  

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