Conference Programme




(for a PDF version of the conference programme, please click here: Fantasy-Animation – Provisional Conference Programme.

8.30-9.00           REGISTRATION (S-1.29, Strand Building)

9.00-9.10           EVENT WELCOME (S-1.06, Strand Building)

9.10-10.20         BLOCKBUSTER FANTASIES – Chair: t.b.c. (S-1.06, Strand Building)

Martin Barker (Aberystwyth University) – Who cares about The Hobbit?

Sam Summers (University of Sunderland) – High fantasy meets low culture in How To Train Your Dragon

William Proctor (Bournemouth University) – Illustrating the Force: Star Wars Rebels, Marvel Comics and the Art of Worldbuilding


10.20-10.50       TEA AND COFFEE (The River Room, King’s Building)


10.50-12.00       ANIMATED LANDSCAPES – Chair: Chris Pallant (Canterbury Christ Church University)

(S-1.06, Strand Building)

Malcolm Cook (Middlesex University/Central Saint Martins) – Pixar, computer-generated landscapes and the nature/culture divide

Birgitta Hosea (Central Saint Martins) – Imagined Landscapes: Animating Train Journeys

James Newton (Canterbury Christ Church University) – The Politics of the Animated Corpse

Fran Pheasant-Kelly (University of Wolverhampton) – Between Setting and Character: A Taxonomy of Sentient Spaces in Fantasy Film

12.00-12.10       BREAK


12.10-1.20         FANTASIES OF SOCIAL AND NATIONAL IDENTITY – Chair: Paul Ward (Arts University Bournemouth) (S-1.06, Strand Building)

Barnaby Dicker (Royal College of Art London) – Mac Orlan’s “Social Fantastic” and Animation

Carolyn Rickards (University of East Anglia) – British Social Realism as Wonderland Fantasy in Electricity

Francis Agnoli (University of Iowa) – French Fox: The National Identity of Le Roman de Renard as an Animated Film

1.20-2.10           LUNCH (The River Room, King’s Building)


2.10-3.20           THE FX OF FANTASY – Chair: t.b.c. (S-1.06, Strand Building)

Nathan Fredrickson (University of California) – SPFX: Animation as a Signal of Estrangement

Owen Weetch (University of Warwick) – Empowerment and Utopia: 3D and Ambivalent Fantasies in Disney’s Frozen

Ben Tyrer (King’s College London) – The Reality of Fantasy: VFX as Fantasmatic Supplement in Game of Thrones


3.20-3.50           COFFEE BREAK (The River Room, King’s Building)


3.50-5.00           FANTASY CHARACTERS AND ANIMATED ACTING – Chair: t.b.c. (S-1.06, Strand Building)

Meike Uhrig (Tuebingen University) – In the face of…animated fantasy characters

Samantha Langsdale (SOAS) & Sarah Myers (University of Kent) – The Evolution of Reproductive Fantasies: An Interdisciplinary Feminist Analysis of Disney’s Tangled

Darren Tunstall (University of Surrey) – Animating the beast within: technological fantasies of the Wolfman

5.00-5.10           BREAK


5.10-6.50           FANTASY/ANIMATION: KEYNOTE PANEL – Chair: t.b.c. (S-1.06, Strand Building)

Paul Wells (Loughborough University) – Wonderlands, Slumberlands, and Plunderlands: Considering the Animated Fantasy

James Walters (University of Birmingham) – The Quantum Screen: Cinema and its Many-Worlds

6.50                  CONFERENCE END


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