Glasgow International Fantasy Conversations: GIFCon 2019

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In her novel The Game (2007) Diana Wynne Jones speaks of the 'Mythosphere', an expanding system of inter-related narratives 'made up of all the stories, theories and beliefs, legends, myths and hopes, that are generated here on Earth [...] constantly growing and moving as people invent new tales to tell or find new things to believe'. Fantasy as a mode or genre can be said both to draw on this organic system and to show an intense awareness of the links between its many roots and branches. Whether we approach the Fantastic through the study of written literature, the visual arts, games, journalism, internet culture or film and television theory, a close study of its workings enables us to better understand the dominant strands of Jones’s Mythosphere and to explore its rapidly widening outer limits. Sometimes refusing to endorse the subjective values and cultural commitments that sustain contemporary ideologies, sometimes imaginatively confirming them with its own misguided rebellions, the Mythosphere is an expanding web of intertextual narratives which we are all both producers and products of.

Over the course of the 23rd and 24th of May 2019, Glasgow International Fantasy Conversations (GIFCon) seeks to celebrate all aspects of critical and creative work that help to map-out this intricate network of intersecting narratives.

Keynote speakers are Dr Brian Attebery (professor of English at Idaho State University and the editor of Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts), Dr Mel Gibson (Associate Professor in Childhood Studies at Northumbria University and comics researcher) and Catherine Fisher (poet and writer of fiction for children and Young Adults).

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