Fairytale Salon Seminar Series 2019

The Fairytale Salon Seminar Series will run during September 2019 and will create a new discourse around folk and fairytales in the 21st century.

The aim of this Fairytale Salon Seminar Series is to begin a new, topical dialogue on the role of folk and fairytales in the 21st century with themes of globalization, intersectionality, nationalism, cultural identity and environmental catastrophe. It will also look at the roots of folk and fairytales both oral and literary. 

Two sessions will be held in September 2019 with keynote addresses, paper presentations, panels and Q&A sessions. The sessions will have a combination of academic and non-academic presentations. Feel free to pitch me any folklore/fairytale ideas that may *seem* to fall outside of the delineated scopes below. I am also open to readings from published works by authors and poets working with folklore and fairytales.

Convener: Dr. Anita Harris Satkunananthan

Keynotes: Professor Dr. Muhammad Haji Salleh, Professor Datin Dr. Ruzy Suliza Hashim, and Professor Madya Dr. Noritah Omar.

Confirmed Speakers: Adifitri Ahmad, Tutu Dutta, Dr. Nasirin Abdillah, Dr. Sanghamitra Dalal, Nurul Fatiha Aziz, Christopher Quah Wai Kheong, Priyank Jain and Nik Siti Maisarah Abdul Rahman

Updates: Call for papers are now closed, the seminar will be held on two days owing to budget constraints. A secondary call for papers for a book collection will go out in September.

Fairytale Salon Seminar Sessions

  • Session One: Roots and Origins: Tracing the Genre of the Literary Folktale (18 September 2019. 2.30-4.30PM)
  • Session Two: Folktales as National Narratives:  Perils and Prerogatives of Folktales as Cultural Markers (25 September 2019. 2.30-4.30PM)

Completed papers will be considered for inclusion in an academic collection to be submitted to a University Press.

Venue: Centre for Literacy and Sociocultural Transformation, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, National University of Malaysia.