Saturday, June 10, 2006

Seminar of Fantastic Research at Finncon

“Exploring the Borders of the Fantastic” is a seminar of the Finnish fantastic researchers. It will be held in conjunction with Finncon, on August 17 and 18.

From the organizers:
The themes of the Seventh meeting of the researchers of science fiction and fantasy will explore the changing borders of the fantastic in fiction, and in this sense we shall talk about being on the edge, breaking the limits and bending the rules as well as creating new ones. Fantasy in itself transcends the conventional, creating worlds by using metaphorical language and narrative structures. Nowadays it looks like the boundaries between sf and fantasy are moving, and even the walls between fantasy and mainstream, fantasy and realism grow dim in literature and other media of art.

The aim of this seminar is to bring up the questions concerning this larger cultural alteration of conventions. The general objective of this seminar is to promote multidisciplinary research of sf and fantasy in Finland, and to enhance national and international relations to other researchers, research networks and units. It is, again, arranged as part of Finncon06 programme, and by its support.

Teachers of the seminar are Irma Hirsjärvi, Frans Mäyrä, Liisa Rantalaiho and Markku Soikkeli. For those who want to participate, the deadline for 500 word abstracts is June 30; the text should be sent to Irma Hirsjärvi.

More info can be found at Babeknabel (the English version is at the bottom of the page).

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