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Call for Papers: The Fabled Coast

The Fabled Coast

Coastal and Maritime Folklore, Superstitions and Customs

Deadline 25th January 2019

Conference Saturday 27th April 2019

at the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tale and Fantasy, University of Chichester

For centuries, the unfathomable deep has been subject to all manner of speculative imaginings, from fantastical sea-monsters and hybrid creatures coveting mortal souls, to great underwater kingdoms and phantom islands. The coast as meeting point between the land and the sea is similarly host to an abundance of folktales: selkies casting off their sealskins, fairies abducting the unsuspecting from the shoreline, and whole communities cursed for exhausting their natural resources through hunting and fishing.

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.

Possible topics include but are not restricted to:

  • The collation, dissemination and migration of stories pertaining to the sea and shore
  • Early modern accounts of the sea, overseas exploration, etc.
  • The 19th-century boom in collecting coastal and maritime folklore
  • Aquatic entities and fantastical ocean zoology
  • Magical geography
  • Wonderous sea voyages
  • Sea-lore, customs and superstitions
  • Fact and fakery
  • Environmental and ecological cautionary tales, fishing, sealing and whaling in folklore
  • Modern and contemporary engagement with coastal and maritime folklore and myth, including literature, music, art, performance, design, cinema, television and cosplay.

Please send 200-word abstracts for 20-minute papers along with a brief biography of 50-100 words to VLESLIE1@stu.chi.ac.uk and H.Robbins@chi.ac.uk.

Keynote speaker: Sophia Kingshill

Folklorist, playwright and author, Sophia has written extensively on the coastal folklore of Britain, including The Fabled Coast: Legends and Traditions from around the Shores of Britain and Ireland, co-written with Jennifer Westwood (Random House), and Mermaids (Little Toller Books).

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Call for Submissions: Articles and reviews on Robert Holdstock’s writing

Robert Holdstock – a celebration of ‘Mythago Wood’

‘No other author has so successfully captured the magic of the wildwood’, Michael Moorcock

Call for Submissions: Articles and reviews on Robert Holdstock’s writing

With the tenth anniversary of Robert Holdstock’s death approaching, the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy seeks articles and reviews with a focus on the author’s Mythago Wood series for publication in Gramarye, its peer-reviewed journal published by the University of Chichester.

Neil Gaiman considers Mythago Wood to be a ‘classic of the literature of fantasy.’ In this spirit we are looking for scholarly and imaginative submissions that will once more take readers in to the heart of the British mythic landscape.

The deadline for this issue is 21 September 2018, and the Guest Editor will be Dr Steven O’Brien.

General Gramarye submissions information

Gramarye is an international, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed academic journal examining folk narratives, fairy tales and fantasy works, both as independent genres and also in terms of the resonances and dissonances between them and other cultural forms.

There is no charge or fee for submitting an article or abstract.

Articles should be 5,000 – 7,000 words, book reviews c.1,000 words, and submitted as a Word .doc or .rtf attachment to the editor (Email: info@sussexfolktalecentre.org).

All submissions should be accompanied by a 100-word abstract and 100-word biographical note.

Relevant colour image files, along with copyright permission, must also be supplied by the deadline.

For contributions that include any copyrighted materials, the author must secure written permission (specifying “non-exclusive world rights and electronic rights”) to reproduce them. The author must submit these written permissions with their final manuscript. Permission fees are the responsibility of the author.

The deadlines are always 21 March for the summer issue and 21 September for the winter issue. If you would like to receive a complimentary e-book of the most recent issue to check content and style, please request one from assistant Heather Robbins (h.robbins@chi.ac.uk).

Only original articles that are not simultaneously under consideration by another journal will be considered. Unrevised student essays or theses cannot be considered.

Submissions must include all quotations, endnotes, and the list of works cited. References should follow the Chicago Manual of Style.

The copyright for a submission remains with the author at all times.

The peer-review process for Gramarye is as follows:

  1. The paper, edited to fit Gramarye’s house style, will first be sent to the editorial board to approve it for peer review if they find it to be original, interesting, and of value to Gramarye’s readers.
  2. One or two experts in the field of the paper will then be chosen as peer reviewers, in a double-blind process in which neither reviewer nor author identity will be made available to the other.
  3. The reviewers will ascertain the relative strengths and weaknesses of the paper, including but not limited to:
  4. a. whether it is properly referenced,

    b.whether any opinion or evidence is presented clearly and is relevant to the overall argument,

    c. and whether the language and purpose of the paper and its conclusion are clear and comprehensible.

    This takes one to two weeks.

  5. The reviewers’ comments will be returned to the editor, who will ensure the reviewers’ anonymity and return them to the author if any revisions are necessary.
  6. If the author resubmits their revised article to the editor after peer-review and some queries haven’t been addressed, the editorial board will make the final decision on whether the article should be returned to the author to address the remaining issues, or whether it should be published or discarded. The author will be informed about this decision as soon as possible.

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CfP – Lewis Carroll and George MacDonald: An Influential Friendship

‘Lewis Carroll and George MacDonald: An Influential Friendship’

Saturday, 1 September 2018

“While Dodgson, the … mathematician who hated inaccuracy, loved to question the very multiplication table’s veracity, my father, the poet, who hated any touch of irreverence, could laugh till tears ran at his friend’s ridicule of smug formalism and copy-book maxims.”

Greville MacDonald, George MacDonald and his Wife, 1924.

Call for Papers – deadline Friday 30 March 2018

The works of the Scottish author, poet and minister George MacDonald and the English polymath Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) have been among the strongest of influences on writers of fantasy for the past 150 years. The relationship between these two Victorians is both deep and fascinating and a close examination of that friendship reveals the significant influence they had on each other’s work.

This one-day symposium will examine the life and works of the two writers with particular reference to that friendship, which began in Hastings, and their interests in folklore, fairy tales and fantasy.

We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations on topics including, but not restricted to:

  • The authors’ shared views on folklore, fairy tales and fantasy
  • Overlapping themes and sources in their literature
  • Hastings / Sussex influences and connections
  • Lewis Carroll’s photographs of the MacDonald family
  • Connections and collaborations with other artists (Alexander Munro, Arthur Hughes, etc.)
  • The influence of both authors on other writers, e.g., C.S. Lewis, Tolkien.

  • Please submit an abstract of approximately 200 words, together with a biographical note (up to 100 words) by 30 March 2018 to info [at] sussexfolktalecentre [dot] org. We will respond to all submissions by Friday 30 April 2018.

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