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Fantastic Material(s): Things and the Workings of the Non-Real
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7/7/2016 to 7/8/2016
When: 7/7/2016
Where: University of Silesia
Contact: Karolina Lebek

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The Institute of English Cultures and Literatures at the University of Silesia in Katowice/Sosnowiec, Poland, is hosting a conference entitled Fantastic Material(s): Things and the Workings of the Non-Real to be held July 7-8, 2016, in Sosnowiec, Poland.

The conference aims to address the use of materiality by the fantastic in its aesthetic, narrative and world building strategies. In the broadest sense then, the conference wishes to investigate the contribution of things to the achievement of the non-real and the production of its estranging appeal, which is often at the same time responsible for its immersive qualities.

Positioned as the other of realistic expression with its normative sanction, the fantastic strives to generate worlds and stories which would be imaginatively persuasive, be it either in the creation of ruptures and discontinuities or in the establishment of representative coherence and internal logic. Through the use of defamiliarization and (en)wonderment as well as through the evocation of fear or longing, the non-real engages with the real in both dialogic and subversive manners, often achieving a powerful critique of the domestic, social, political and geographical environments. Or, conversely, despite its representational otherness, the fantastic may reinforce the ideological conditions of those environments, embracing their values and bestowing them with mythologizing meaningfulness.

The purpose of the conference, therefore, is to explore the role of the things in fantastic representations on the level of artistic expression as well as on the level of its affective and ideological effects.

The conference is intended as a one panel event to ensure the highest quality of the debate. The cost of the conference is £90, 100€; 120$. Conference fee includes lunch, coffee and snacks, conference dinner and conference materials. For further queries, please contact the conference organizers:  Karolina Lebek, PhD,; Ania Malinowska, PhD,; and Agnieszka Podruczna, MA,

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