Fairytale Salon Seminar Series 2019

The Fairytale Salon Seminar Series will run during September to November 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. 

Four sessions will be held in September and November 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

Confirmed Speakers: Amir Muhammad, Adifitri Ahmad, Tutu Dutta, Dr. Nasirin Abdillah, Professor Madya Dr. Noritah Omar, Dr. Sanghamitra Dalal, Nurul Fatiha Aziz and Christopher Quah Wai Kheong.

Call for Papers: Extended Deadline

Papers presented in the following themes are welcome:

  1. Configurations and Pedagogies of Folk Horror
  2. Feasts, Festivals and the idea of Community in Folk/Fairytales
  3. Eco-Fairytales; Fairy/Folk Tales and the Environment
  4. Fairytale Revisions
  5. Intersectionality and Fairytales

Abstract Submission by: 30 July 2019 to aharris AT ukm.edu.my (Dr. Anita Harris Satkunananthan)

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)
  • Session Three: Things That Frighten Us: The Pedagogies of Folk Horror, Eco-Fairytales and Environmental Catastrophe (6 November 2019. 2.30-4.30PM)
  • Session Four: Feasts, Festivals, Food: Tradition and Community in Folktales (13 November 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.