FANTAELX – Congrès International du Genre Fantastique, Audiovisuels et Nouvelles Technologies
10-11 novembre 2022
Université Miguel Hernández
Organisé par l’Université Miguel Hernández et le Festival International de Cinéma Fantastique de Elche – FANTAELX
The International Congress of Fantastic Genre, Audiovisuals and New Technologies is an activity of scientific and academic divulgation that is part of Elche International Fantastic Film Festival – FANTAELX, and which has the collaboration of the Miguel Hernández University.
The objective of the Congress is the diffusion of research studies in the different thematic lines of the Fantastic Genre, covering all its possible variants and platforms: cinema, television, theater, literature, comics, videogames, virtual reality, plastic arts, etc.
The fifth edition of the Congress will take place on November 10 and 11, 2022 at the “Ciutat d’Elx” Congress Center (in person format) (see map), and on the festival’s website (online format).
THURSDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2022 – MORNING AND AFTERNOON (ONLINE)
9:30h-18:40h: FIRST SESSION OF THE V INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF FANTASTIC GENRE, AUDIOVISUALS AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES.
The aim of the congress is to disseminate research studies within the different thematic lines of the Fantastic Genre, covering all its possible variants and platforms: cinema, television, theatre, literature, comics, videogames, virtual reality, etc., whose main thematic line in this new edition is the Territories of High Fantasy.
9:30h. WELCOME AND INAUGURATION.
9:40h. Invited conference:
Sara Brown lives in North Wales and is Chair of the Language & Literature faculty at Signum University. She has been with Signum since 2012 and has taught on courses that have included ‘Modern Fantasy’ with Corey Olsen, ‘Tolkien’s World of Middle-earth’ with Verlyn Flieger, ‘Roots of the Mountain’ with Doug Anderson, ‘The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien’ with John Garth,and ‘Celtic Myth in Children’s Fantasy’ with Dimitra Fimi. Sara has also taught her own 12-week lecture series entitled ‘Tolkien in Context: Middle-earth as a Roadmap to Twentieth-Century Anxieties’, which examines Tolkien’s writing as a response to modernity. She completed her Ph.D. in Literature at Salford University in 2013and has given several lectures at various conferences on the topics of Tolkien, fantasy fiction, and fandom, and is regularly seen at Tolkien Society events in the UK. She currently serves on the editorial board of The Mallorn, the academic journal of the Tolkien Society and co-hosts on podcasts such as The Tolkien Experience, Rings of Power Wrap-Up, and The Prancing Pony.
10:10h. High fantasy: generic limits and thematic dispersions. Daniel Lumbreras Martínez (University of Oviedo and University of Glasgow).
10:30h. Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon: from the hybridisation of fantasy sub-genres to the breaking of the rules of the High Fantasy game. Dr. Anna Tarragó (University of Barcelona).
10:50h. Of heroic avatars, metal myths and exceptional panoramas. Adaptation of the generic signs of epic fantasy in the audiovisual medium. Dr. Antonio Castro Balbuena (University of Almería).
11:10h. Death to New Flesh. David Cronenberg and his return to horror cinema. Dr. Juan García Crego (Complutense University of Madrid).
11:30h. High or Low Fantasy? An approach to the ontological debate and the suspension of disbelief. Joan Josep Pons López (University of Barcelona, UPC, Pompeu Fabra University and UOC).
11:50h. Science-Fiction: critical and creative cognition of the future world. Cynthia Bagousse (Aix-Marseille Université, France).
12:10h. Dungeons and Dragons and the influence of the western. Juan Carandell Rojo (University of Cordoba).
12:30h. Fantasy, blood and contempt. The aesthetics of the elven figure in The Witcher and Dragon Age sagas. Dr. María Fernández Rodríguez and Francisco David García Martín (University of Salamanca).
12:50h. Boueuse, immorale, sanglante: la mort des héros chez George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones, roman et série). Dr. Isabelle-Rachel Casta (University of Artois, France).
13:10h. High fantasy in the cinema of Isao Takahata: The paradigmatic case of The Adventures of Hols, Prince of the Sun. Dr. Raúl Fortes-Guerrero (University of Valencia).
16:00h. Travelling to a world of wonders. Identification in high fantasy video games and other fictions. Dr. Lluís Anyó (Ramon Llull University).
16:20h. “Meanwhile…” Multiplicity of plots in VR Experiences. Dr. Andrew Connor (University of Edinburgh, Scotland).
16:40h. The reinterpretation of myths as a gameplay model. Cristina Ogando González (University of Salamanca).
17:00h. Adapting high fantasy from novels to comics: the symbolism in Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic. Raúl Gisbert Cantó (University of Valencia).
17:20h. Decrepit: the female nude in old age as an agent of contemporary terror. The cases of La abuela, Relic and X. Dr. David Fuentefría Rodríguez (University of La Laguna).
17:40h. Fritz Lang and the territories of the fantastic. Dr. Juan Agustín Mancebo Roca (University of Castilla-La Mancha).
18:00h. Symptoms of speculative fiction and high fantasy in the painting of Remedios Varo. Dr. Ricardo González-García (University of Cantabria).
18:20h. C’est l’autre qui est vieux: the discourse of old age as a source of abjection and otherness in Paco Plaza’s La abuela. Dr. Marta Miquel-Baldellou (University of Lleida).
18:40h. CLOSING OF THE FIRST DAY OF THE CONGRESS.
FRIDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2022 – MORNING – AUDITORIUM OF THE CONGRESS CENTRE “CIUTAT D’ELX” (IN PERSON).
9:30h-14:00h: SECOND SESSION OF THE V INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON FANTASTIC GENRE, AUDIOVISUALS AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES.
9:40h. Invited conference:
Paolo Bertetti works as teacher and researcher at the University of Siena (Italy). His research interests concern Narratology, Transmedia Storytelling, Semiotic Theory, Film Semiotics and Semiotics of Text. He is scientific director of the Fantasy and Science Fiction Museum (MUFANT) of Turin (Italy). Among his books: ll mito Conan. Identità e metamorfosi di un personaggio seriale tra letteratura, fumetto, cinema e televisione (2011), Il discorso audiovisivo. Teorie e strumenti semiotici (2012), Lo schermo dell’apparire (2013), Transmedia Archaeology (2014; with C. Scolari and M. Freeman), Che cos’è la transmedialità (2020).
10:20h. The high fantasy universe of Conan, the Barbarian. Experiences in the editing room with María Luisa Pino. Dr. Guillermo López Aliaga (Miguel Hernández University).
10:40h. High fantasy in Galician cultural idiosyncrasy. Sara Calvete Lorenzo (University of Santiago de Compostela).
11:00h. I’ve seen a dragon! The evolution of visual effects through high fantasy cinema. Dr. Damià Jordà Bou (Miguel Hernández University).
11:20h. Decapitated females that survive through art. Dr. Susana Guerrero Sempere (Miguel Hernández University) and Dr. Amparo Alonso-Sanz (University of Valencia).
11:40h. The epic of rotoscoping: Ralph Bakshi and The Lord of the Rings. Elisa Martínez and Fernando Fernández Torres (Miguel Hernández University).
12:00h. Who is behind the characters of High Fantasy? Charo Albaladejo Lardín, Ángel Tere Díaz García and Ana Gozálvez Sempere (Higher Level Training Cycle in Characterisation and Professional Make-up, IES El Pla de Alicante).
12:20h. Science as a means of veracity in Terry Pratchett’s high fantasy: Discworld. Dr. Francisco Cuéllar Santiago (Miguel Hernández University).
12:40h. Painting in High Fantasy before High Fantasy. Paula Sánchez Romero (Pablo de Olavide University, Seville).
13:00h. Beyond fantastic otherness. Second vision and decolonisation of magical ecosystems. Dr. Javier Moreno (Miguel Hernández University).
13:20h. The magical power of mirrors in high fantasy. Marina Díaz-Caneja Alepuz (Polytechnic University of Valencia) and Dr. Amparo Alepuz Rostoll (Miguel Hernández University).
13.40h. Nature and nostalgia: the tree as a symbol in fantasy stories. Dr. Celia Cuenca García (Centro de Estudios Superiores Barreira Arte+Diseño and Miguel Hernández University).
14:00h. CLOSING OF THE SECOND DAY OF THE CONGRESS.