CFP: Panel at the ECSAS conference, Paris, 24-27 July 2018

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We are looking for papers for the upcoming panel at the 25th European Conference for South Asian Studies (ECSAS) held in July 2018 in Paris. The panele on 'New Realms of the Fantastic: Interdisciplinary Investigation of the Fantastic in South Asian Literature and Film' invites contributions from scholars from different disciplins and interests, working on the 'fantastic' in South Asian literature and film from various perspectives. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 30 November 2017 and should be done via the ECSAS website. Please find the abstract below, as well as the link to the panel abstracts and paper submission form.

(see Panel 43)

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Justyna Wisniewska-Singh (Chair of South Asian Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland), Justyna Kurowska (South Asian Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland)

Abstract: The panel invites explorations of fantastic narratives, both renowned works and those classified as ‘popular’, with a focus on their role as socially and culturally revealing texts. The fantastic had largely been ignored or dismissed by critics as an expression of irrationality, regarded as frivolous, foolish, and less valuable than the practices of realistic literature. The panel offers a cultural study of the fantastic as a mode, rather than genre, placed between the opposite modes of the marvellous and the mimetic. We seek to explore the fantastic as opposition to reality, as the expression of ‘otherness’, by raising questions of the nature of the real and unreal, and the relation between them. Analysis of a fantastic text (graphic novel, comic, film, and new media), produced within and determined by its historical and social context, may open new perspectives for the study of worldview, genre criticism, and literary theory as well as the functions of the fantastic in works of fiction. We hope to initiate a discussion about limits of the established literary canon and challenge the notion of the ‘high’ and ‘popular’ cultures. We invite contributions investigating themes and recurring motifs of the fantastic, as well as the different genres inherent to it (science-fiction, horror, detective fiction, historical fantasy, utopia) through various methodological approaches: exploring the fantastic and social change, the fantastic as escapist literature, aiming at the definition of the self and the other in the fantastic, offering a study of the normative through the fantastic and fantastic versus realistic, and more through various interdisciplinary approaches.