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“Women Creators and the Fantastic”
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
5, 6 and 7 of June 2019

​There is no doubt that an increasing number of women creators employ the fantastic as a form of expression, whether in literature, theater, film, TV, comics and other arts. This is opening new paths in the genre, including the development of themes and forms that are absent or little explored in the works by male authors.

However, at the same time it should also be noted that the presence of the women in the canons and academic studies on the fantastic is unsatisfactory (except for honorable exceptions), and aspect that negatively affects our understanding of the panorama of the fantastic and the cultural production carried out by women in general.

The main objective of this Conference is to highlight and make visible the work of the women creators (especially in genres apparently reserved for men, such as cinema, TV or comics), and to offer studies on the forms, themes, and styles of the multiple poetics of the feminine fantastic and their relationship with the fantastic in general.

Confirmed keynote speakers include five renowned specialists in the fantastic, gender studies, TV and comics: Carmen Alemany Bay (Universitat d’Alacant, Spain), Ana Merino (The University of Iowa, USA), Cecilia Eudave (Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico), Concepción Cascajosa (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain) and Meri Torras (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain).

The Grupo de Estudios sobre lo Fantástico (GEF) invites submission of abstracts focusing on fantastic women creators of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, both in literature as well as theatre, cinema, comic, TV or videogames, in any language and from any country.

Main themes:
Theoretical perspectives on the feminine fantastic
The feminist fantastic: ideology, criticism and transgression
Fantastic and feminine identity
Rhetorics of Fear
Female monsters
Fantastic spaces
Fantastic bodies
Representations of sexuality in the fantastic and its neighboring forms (hybridizations with science fiction and the marvelous)

To participate

Abstracts of a maximum of 300 words (including title, author and affiliation) must be submitted to:

Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2019. The organizing committee will notify the reception of proposals, and those accepted will be contacted before February 15, 2019.

Presentations must not exceed 20 minutes and can be in Spanish, Catalan, Galician, English, French, Italian, and Portuguese.

Those researchers who want to have their papers published as part of the conference proceedings must send them within the deadline (TBA). The academic committee will evaluate the papers and select the best proposals for their inclusion in the proceedings.