The Journal of the British Fantasy Society contains a mix of academic papers, reviews, interviews and feature articles. Our contributors and readers have interests across many genres and in many media: literature, comics, movies, music, oral histories and so on.
Boredom, (In)action, War and Warriors
27 & 28 August 2020, Amsterdam
Confirmed Keynote speaker: Professor Mark Kingwell, University of Toronto
Boredom has often been defined as idleness, slowness, doing nothing, doing
something over and over again, and waiting (Smith 1981, Daren 1999, Mæland &
Brunstad 2009, Bergstein 2009, Prozak 2017). These definitions suggest that boredom
is an experience that does not generate meanings and ideas by itself about itself.
Boredom remains constantly relevant to sociocultural and political spheres only
through its opposite. It is portrayed as the empty bubble, or the vacuum of
Memory and Imaginal Politics
In Conflicts and For Conflicts
Key note speaker: Professor Andrea Pető
Central European University
Amsterdam, 14th & 15th July 2020
When William Murray, Lieutenant Colonel in the Western Fronts (1914-1919) wrote:
“We ceased fighting today and I have seen the last shot fired… No more danger, no more wars
and no more mud and misery” he spoke of the future; the future that would be without
dangers, wars, mud and misery. He inscribed the future within possibilities that his present
offered to him. His future and present were entangled through the war that it was becoming
The American Agrarian writer, philosopher, and farmer Wendell Berry frequently speaks of the need to be ‘placed’, to inhabit a particular landscape and its social memory over an extended period of time. This, he argues, is a precondition for fostering communities that care for the earth and the people who live off it—what he refers to as conviviality.
Diviners and Doomsdayers: The Poet as Prophet
Prophecy and poetry share a long history in American literature. Since Emerson argued for poets as America’s sacred seers, the term “prophet” has been variously applied in criticism of American poetry, to suggest poets who have startling foresight (for example, Robinson Jeffers or W.S. Merwin); to highlight social and political investments (in Muriel Rukeyser or Adrienne Rich); to align human utterances with divinely inspired truths (in Allen Ginsberg or Nathaniel Mackey); or to suggest a trans-historical lineage of prophet-poets, from Jeremiah to Blake to Whitman and beyond.
This is my Body: Incarnation, Sacrament, and Community in Literature
March 26-28, 2020
Milligan College, Tennessee
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gary Selby, Author of Pursuing an Earthy Spirituality: C.S. Lewis and Incarnational Faith (IVP Academic, 2019)
CALL FOR PAPERS:
Religion and Theatre Focus Group
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference
July 29 – August 2, 2020
Drive: Combustion, Energy, Resilience
From the 1911 National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage to Phyllis Schlafly’s “STOP-ERA” campaign in the 1980s and governor Kay Ivey’s recent signing into law of House Bill 314 criminalizing abortion in Alabama, women have played a prominent role in opposing feminism in the US.
Saturday 4th April 2020 - Sunday 5th April 2020
Spirituality recognises that there is more to reality than just the material world. The intuition that our lives have meaning and are part of something bigger is a powerful motivator for us to cultivate our spiritual side. The mystical experiences and beliefs that arise from this engagement can stimulate our imagination in unexpected ways. Feelings of transcendence and awe have inspired creative people, artists, writers and composers throughout the ages, and continue to influence cultures around the world. Spirituality has certainly not gone away in a hyper-connected age, but finds new modes of expression and practice.
17thAnnual Tolkien at UVM Conference, April 4th 2020
Theme: Tolkien and Classical Antiquities
This year, the Tolkien conference explores every aspect of the earlier Classical cultures of Rome, Greece, Ancient and Hellenistic Egypt, Carthage, their languages, religions, philosophies, etc. Includes work in early Christianity in Rome (Augustine and Boethius) and linguistic investigations into Tolkien's appreciation of Greek and Latin and other early languages. Can include cinematic adaptations.
Very Rev. John Wm. Houghton, Ph.D. (Champlain and Dean emeritus, The Hill School)