CFPs: Magical cities, coastal folklore, folk horror, folklore and the fantastic, Walpole

Some more CFPs to tempt you:

1. From the brilliant people at Supernatural Cities (who were such good partners at our Urban Weird conference in April this year), the Magical Cities conference, 15 June 2019, University of Portsmouth. Deadline: 31 January 2019

The University of Portsmouth’s Supernatural Cities research group presents their fourth conference: Magical Cities. This one-day conference seeks to explore the magical potential of urban environments.

2. OGOM have a particular fondness for selkies and mermaids, so this conference at at the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tale and Fantasy, University of Chichester on maritime and coastal folklore looks fascinating: The Fabled Coast: Coastal and Maritime Folklore, Superstitions and Customs, 27 April 2019. Deadline: 25 January 2019

Taking its name from Sophia Kingshill’s and Jennifer Westwood’s seminal book The Fabled Coast, this conference will explore the abundance of folktales, legends, myths, songs and re-imaginings associated with coastal areas and maritime traditions and practices around the world.

3. Folk horror is another genre/area that we have been interested in recently. This conference looks excellent: Folk Horror in the 21st Century, Falmouth University 5-6 September 2019. Deadline: 1 April 2019

The conference organizers Ruth Heholt (Falmouth University, UK) and Dawn Keetley (Lehigh University, USA) invite proposals on all aspects of folk horror, in all periods, across all regions and in all mediums, exploring the meanings and manifestations of the folk horror renaissance in the 21st century.

4. This time, a call for articles for the Gramarye journal. It’s from the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tale and Fantasy again, seeking ‘articles and book reviews relating to creative, literary and historical approaches to folklore, fairy tales, fantasy, gothic, science fiction and magic realism for publication in Gramarye, its peer-reviewed journal published by the University of Chichester’.

5. On the founder of the Gothic novel, there’s a conference at Horace Walpole’s Gothic villa at Strawberry Hill: Text Artefact Identity: Horace Walpole and the Queer Eighteenth Century, 15 February 2019 – 16 February 2019. No deadline visible, so best to enquire soon.

This conference will bring together scholars and curators from the disciplines of Literature, Cultural History, Art and Architectural History, and Heritage to investigate LGBTQ perspectives on the “long” eighteenth century [. . .] the conference will complement a major exhibition taking place October 2018-February 2019, ‘The Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill’, which will bring together, for the first time since 1842, masterpieces from Walpole’s collection.

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