Day Plan

‘Threshold, Boundary and Crossover in Fantasy’ Panels

12th-13th March 2020

Heslington Campus, University of York

Please note that this information is intended to act as a guide prior to registration. Panels may be subject to amendment in the weeks preceding the conference. A final programme will be published in early March.

Thursday begins with conference registration between 9:00-9:30 and finishes with a keynote lecture from 17:00-18:00, after which there will be a wine reception.

Friday begins with coffee from 9:00-9:30 and finishes with closing remarks between 17:10-17:30.

The day plan can be downloaded as a word document using the link below:

Thursday March 12th

Morning Sessions


Anna Köhler, Aachen University

‘Magic and science, magic as science: Blurring the boundaries between fantasy and science fiction’

Katarina O’Dette, University of Nottingham

‘It’s Not Fantasy, It’s HBO: Marketing Genre in Game of Thrones’

Sarah Brown, Anglia Ruskin University

‘Fantasy denouements in detective fiction’

Vidya Venkatesh, University of Cambridge

‘Genre Confusion and Alien Intimacy in the Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin’

Textual Boundaries

Maria Arvaniti, University of Glasgow

‘Waiting for Godric: Crossing fantasy thresholds through the stage’

Auba Llompart Pons, Universitat de Vic – Universitat Central de Catalunya

‘Transgressing Narrative Boundaries Through Magic: Metafiction and Metalepsis in Harry Potter’

Tubau Miquel Pujol, University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia

‘One franchise to transform them all: on the evolution of literary characters becoming transmedia’

Amelha Timoner, Université Paris Nanterre

‘A few dozen words conjure up an entire picture, but in all honesty the reader does most of the work’: authorial struggle and reader empowerment in Jasper Fforde’s ‘Thursday Next’ novels

Social Boundaries I

Aleksandra Łozińska, Jagiellonian University

‘Sensitiveness of knowledge – the boundary between human and other in Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series’

Laura R Lynch Becherer, University of Glasgow

‘Invoking Baba Jaga: Intuitive Magic and Unconventional Empathy in Naomi Novik’s Uprooted

Austin Andersen, New York University

‘The Violence of the Colonial Gaze: Postcolonialism in “The Diamond Lens”’

Pürnur Altay, University of York

‘The Fantastic Mode as a Medium of Social Critique in Ahmet Ümit’s The Dervish Gate’

Crossing Myth and Legend

Jane Campbell, University of York

‘From Apollo’s Court to Avalon: on the threshold of the real and the imaginary in seventeenth-century Newfoundland’

Keiko Kimura, Kobe Women’s University

‘Pedro Almodóvar’ Talk to Her and the “Sleeping Beauty”’

Renée Volkers, Independent

‘“The Minotaur is Myself”: The Surrealist’s Alter-Ego of the Minotaur’

Mariam Zia, Lahore School of Economics

‘Salman Rushdie and The Eastern “Fantasy” Tradition’

Thursday March 12th

Afternoon Sessions


Bettina Burger, Heinrich-Heine University

‘“Insubstantial as a ghost” – Liminal Fantasy and Multi-Level Border Crossing in Lian 

Hearn’s Tales of the Otori

Emma French, Independent

‘”You had reached the brink of Fairyland” – Borders as the generating force of fantasy in Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees and The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany’

Kevan Manwaring, University of Winchester

‘The Edge of Fantasy: Liminality as Trope, Trait, and Process’

Visual Cultures

Katherine O’Connor, Teeside University

‘At the Boundary of the Unreal, One Frame at a Time’

Rodanthi Vardouli, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

‘Crossing Over to the Oneiric: Performing Un Chien Andalou‘s Silent Diegesis’

Samanta Viziale, University of Turin

‘Threshold of Magic: Anthropological Analysis of Light in the Visual Culture of Fantasy’


Abigail Fine, Queen Mary University

‘Starlight Shoes and Night-Sky Gowns: Boundary-Breaking Clothing in Children’s Literature and Imaginative Play’

Josephine Gushurst-Moore, The Courtauld Institute of Art

‘Fantasy and the mundane: why the unremarkable is a necessary bridge between our world and the other’

Rory McAteer, Independent

‘“Here the Wits of Sophists, Astrologers, and Poets Abound” – Travelling to the Moon in Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso’


Mia Khachidze, Independent

‘Impossible Worlds’: Coming of Age in Portal Fantasy

Stella Pryce, University of Cambridge

‘The ‘Betwixt and Between’: Fantasy Literature and Spectral Children’

Steve Nash, Leeds Beckett University

‘Romancing the Puritan: Writing the Boundary of Childhood in Victorian Fantasy and the Moral Reward Tale’

Friday 13th March

Morning Sessions


Céleste Callen, University of Edinburgh

‘Peter Pan: The Threshold of Time’

Chris Lynch Becherer, University of Glasgow

‘Never Going Home: The New Boundaries of Time in Ursula Le Guin’s Powers

Olly Teregulova, Durham University

‘H. G. Wells, The Time Machine, and the Limits of the Real’


Angel Leigh Alderson, Newcastle University

‘On the threshold of reality? Exploring Environmentalism through fantasy in Miyazaki Hayao’s Princess Mononoke and Nausicaӓ of the Valley of the Wind’

Charley Matthews, University of Edinburgh

‘Ecofeminism and Thresholds of Disaster in Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Kingdoms of Elfin’

Melanie Duckworth, Østfold University College

‘Being a Tree in the Anthropocene: Thresholds between humans and plants in Margaret Mahy’s Fantasy Fiction’


Elliott Greene, University of Edinburgh

‘Androgynous Apotheosis in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn’

Jun Qiang, University of York

‘Crossing the Boundary: Genre, Gender, and Media in Twenty-first-century Chinese Fantasy’

Leah Phillips, University of Warwick

‘Mythopoeic YA’s Female-Heroes: Occupying the Spaces Between Oppositions’

Lois Wilson, University of Edinburgh

‘“Perhaps She Was Mad:” Crossing the Threshold in Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time


David Hartley, University of Manchester

‘Neuroqueer Estrangement: Autism on the Rhetorical Threshold’

Francesca Arnavas, University of Tartu

‘“The Magic Words Shall Hold Thee Fast: / Thou Shalt not Heed the Raving Blast”: Cognitive Immersion into Alice’s Worlds and its Multiple Meanings’

Tom McLeish, University of York

‘Liminal Spaces and Crossings-Over as Cognitive Connections of Fantastic Imagination in Art and Science’

Friday 13th March

Afternoon Sessions

Fantasy vs. reality

Suphi Keskin, Bilkent University

‘Imperceptibility Between Belief and Fantasy: Becoming-Cosmos’

Claudia Marzollo, Independent

‘The Phantom of Reality. Poetics of Extrañamiento and Descolocación in Ricardo Romero’s The President’s Room’

Heidi A. Lawrence, University of Glasgow

‘The Overlap of Fantasy and Reality in Madeleine L’Engle’s Literature for Children and Young Adults’

Raman Malik, University of Sheffield

‘Imagined Reality: Nuclear War in Godzilla and Crimes in Sacred Games’


Social Boundaries II

Ruth Booth, University of Glasgow

‘“There is No Magic Circle”: Toxic Masculinity and the Protection Stave in God of War (2018)’

Viviana Castellano, University of Bedfordshire

‘“Please’ is not a Body Part”: Abjection and Body Horror in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones)’

Megan Belluomini, University of Trinity College Dublin

‘Radical Escapism: Isekai Anime and Wish-Fulfilment as Subversive Discourse’

Jade Hinchliffe, University of Hull

‘Embodying Surveillance: Social Sorting and Biometrics in Lauren Beukes’ Moxyland (2008)’

Language and Form

Rongkun Liu, University of York

‘Old English and Old Norse V1 in Fantasy Story-telling’

Molly O’Gorman, University of Cambridge

‘Creating Monsters: Posthuman Language in Lewis Carroll’s ‘Jabberwocky’’

Yiran Chen, University of Edinburgh

‘One’s Nostalgia, Another’s Nightmare: Fantasies out of Modern Chinese Intellectuals’ Solitude around the 1930s’

Creative Writing Responses

Susannah Heffernan, University of Warwick

Creative Writing: A short story on the concept of motherhood

Vanwy MacDonald Arif, Independent

Creative Writing: The Fourth Child

Cheryl Powell, Independent

Creative Writing: Anguilla