Seminar programme

Thursday 20th October

9.00 Registration and coffee

Place: S212

10.00 Seminar opening 
Raine Koskimaa

10.05 Keynote
Liisa Rantalaiho: Using Fantasy

11.05 Keynote
Martin Barker: On being disappointed with The Hobbit: indications of the changing significance of fantasy

12.00 Lunch

13.00 – 14.30 Parallel sessions

Session I: Game of Thrones: Adaptations and Audiences (Place: S203)
Chair: Tanja Välisalo

  • Anna-Leena Harinen: What Kind of an Adaptation Is Game of Thrones?
  • Susanne Ylönen & Heidi Kosonen: Between Mourning and Ridicule: Memes Reacting to the Death of the Game of Thrones Character Hodor

Session II: Discourses of Speculative Fiction (Place: S204)
Chair: Jyrki Korpua

  • Jani Ylönen: Parents and Prospects of Gene Manipulation: Discourses of Reproductive Technology in Science Fiction
  • Marjut Puhakka: Zombilution and the Carnevalisation of Death
  • Emilia Karjula: ‘To Anthropologise Fantasy’. Interplays of Research and Fictional Folklore

14.30 Coffee break

15.00-16.30 Parallel sessions

Session III: Creating Fantasy (Place: S203)
Chair: Essi Varis

  • Katriina Heljakka: “Creative and collective fantasies of adult toy players: Character-development in socially shared object play”
  • Catalina Jaramillo: “Zoomania in the narco world”

Session IV: Intertextual and Transmedial Fantasy (Place: S204)
Chair: Irma Hirsjärvi

  • Jyrki Korpua & Maria Ruotsalainen: “Experiencing the sacred. The Hobbit and The holy book”
  • Tanja Välisalo: A common hobbit and a real dragon: Audience reception of the transmedial characters of Bilbo and Smaug in The Hobbit films
  • Minna Siikilä: “‘Eragon – Plagiarism Made Popular’. How fans of fantasy authors discuss intertextuality?”

16.30 Fantastical drinks and socialising (Place: S110, 1st floor)

19.00 Dinner at Restaurant Sohwi (Vaasankatu 21)
Requires pre-registration.

Friday 21st October

9.30 Registration and coffee

Place: S212

10.00 Keynote
Susana Tosca: Fantasy transmediations: the art of making it real

11.00 Results from the Uses of Fantasy Research Project

11.45 Lunch

13-14.30: Parallel sessions

Session V: Transmedial Uses of Fantasy (Place: S204)
Chair: Raine Koskimaa

  • Aino-Kaisa Koistinen, Essi Varis & Tanja Välisalo: Characters Caught between Adaptation and Transmedia: The Case of Jessica Jones
  • Elisa Wiik: Baby-eating aliens might actually ruin the game – Game-centric transmedia audience experiences
  • Laura Antola: Fantasy and social commentary in the film adaptation of Days of Future Past

Session VI: Metatextuality and Intertextuality in Comics (Place: S203)
Chair: Jani Ylönen

  • Oskari Rantala: The Meta-Fantastic Levels of Narrative in Alan Moore’s Supreme: The Meta-Comic and the Meta-Superhero
  • Katja Kontturi: Overlap of Fantasy and Metalepsis in Disney comics

14.45 -15.30 Towards new research on fantasy (Place: S204)
Martin Barker, Susana Tosca, Liisa Rantalaiho, Urpo Kovala, Raine Koskimaa, Irma Hirsjärvi

Please note that changes may occur due to cancellations or other unforeseen circumstances.