Fantastic worlds collide at the University of Northampton

News Page 1st December 2016

On 2 December 2016, The University of Northampton will be hosting the sixth Annual Fantasy Symposium.

The annual gothic, fantasy and science fiction symposium, which is co-organised by the University of Northampton with Richmond University, the American International University in London, brings together researchers from a variety of literary genres under the theme of ‘The Dark Fantastic’.

Dr Jon Mackley, a Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Northampton, commented “This is a great opportunity for students to get experience of presenting their work in a friendly environment. As well as professionals, the symposium welcomes papers from postgraduates and undergraduates. Some student speakers have found that the experience convinces them of the career path they want to follow, and it is good experience for postgraduates as well.”

Professor Dom Alessio from Richmond University added: “The Fantasy Symposium is a chance for students to see the research that goes on in the genres beyond the syllabus and to get a chance to speak to a wider public audience. It’s also great getting US and UK students to meet up. This year we are very excited to welcome Dr Philippa Semper from the University of Birmingham as our keynote speaker who will be discussing Neil Gaiman’s Gothic.”

The Symposium is open to the public and members of staff and will be in MY120 in the University of Northampton Avenue Campus on 2 December from 10-4pm.


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