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Imaginal Worlds: Religion and Speculative Fan Fiction

April 7 @ 8:30 am - 7:00 pm

Religion Department Graduate Student Conference
Imaginal Worlds: Religion in Speculative and Fan Fiction

​Keynote speakers:
N.K. Jemisin, 2016 Hugo Award Winner
Annette Yoshiko Reed, University of Pennsylvania

Contemporary popular culture is riddled with religious allusions and ideations. In science fiction and fantasy literature, comic books and graphic novels, fanfiction and cosplay adaptations, familiar storylines are recursively created through conceptions of the divine and demonic, the miraculous and marvelous, the saintly and heretical. This confluence of evolving imagery and ideas raises questions of how, why, and in what forms audiences intellectually and emotionally inhabit imaginative narrative creations.

This conference will examine the impact of religious themes upon the construction of imaginal worlds and the ways in which speculative fictions can serve as a heuristic tool in religious studies.  We will address a range of time periods, traditions, and geographic areas, from a variety of fields, including religious studies, history, gender studies, philosophy, political science, theology, literary studies, anthropology, and sociology.

The conference schedule is accessible here [ columbiareligion.weebly.com/schedule.html ] or at [ columbiareligion.weebly.com ]. Registration is encouraged.


April 7
8:30 am - 7:00 pm
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Sulzberger Towers, Barnard College
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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