Our 2015 Conference Videos

Good morning fairy tale lovers!

The videos from our 2015 conference are finally online – woo!

A HUGE thank you to AFTS member Thang Luong, who worked tirelessly to bring these videos to you, almost killing his computer in the process!

To refresh your memory, here is a PDF version of our 2015 conference program: 2015 AFTS Conference Program

View the videos on youtube here. (Note: some will play as a full video, and some will only show an image with audio over it, for copyright reasons.)

Wondrous wishes,
Dr Belinda Calderone
AFTS President

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Reminder: CFP Closing this Week

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Good afternoon fairy tale lovers!

We know that January is a hectic month for a lot of people, but just a quick post to remind everyone that our CFP will be closing this Friday, 29 Jan, at 5pm.

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The details again:

Conference title: Into the Bush: Its Beauty and Its Terror

When: Sunday, 26 June 2016

Where: Glen Eira Town Hall, Caulfield, VIC, 3162.

Call for presentations: See the call for presentations below, or print off a PDF version here: AFTS 2016 Conference – CFP

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Australian Fairy Tale Society – 2016 Conference

Call for Presentations – Into the Bush: Its Beauty and Its Terror

‘Into the Woods,’ is a phrase that has become closely linked to the fairy tale genre. It conjures up all manner of fairy tale images, such as roguish wolves waiting behind trees and lost children stumbling upon gingerbread houses.

But how does it translate into the Australian fairy tale tradition? For our third annual conference, we will be exploring what happens when we venture… ‘Into the Bush.’ Australian fairy tales reflect many of the realities of the bush, while also reimagining it as a space of magic and mystery. Whether it is depicted as real or otherworldly, the bush always encompasses duality – it is a place of both beauty and terror.

We are now accepting proposals for storytelling performances, musical performances, academic papers, and creative readings. We would also love to hear from artists wishing to display and/or sell their works at the conference.

Presentation topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Into the unknown
  • Getting lost, getting found
  • Native flora and fauna
  • Environmental concerns
  • Drought and fire
  • Elements of nature: earth, wind, fire, water
  • Urban and rural
  • The bush as sexual metaphor
  • Fear and danger in the bush
  • Secrets and hidden treasures
  • Havens, homes and holes in the ground
  • A place to breathe in: spiritual nourishment
  • National identity and our relationship to the bush
  • Tales of colonisation
  • Culture clash, culture meld
  • A fork in the road
  • The bush as a liminal space
  • Making your own path
  • Following tracks
  • Blazing trails and dropping breadcrumbs
  • Survival kits (including a storyteller’s swag bag)
  • Stories like wildfire
  • The wildness of stories (and their seeding)
  • Changing nature and ‘the changing nature’ of the Australian bush and the stories we tell there
  • When European fairies and tales re-root themselves in the bush
  • The changing landscape of fairy tales and tellings in Australia

Academic papers will be up to 20 minutes in duration and performances and readings will be up to 15 minutes in duration. All presentations will be offered the option of 10 additional minutes of question time.

Please email your proposal of no more than 200 words to austfairytales@gmail.com by 5pm Friday January 29, 2016.

Fairy wishes,
The AFTS Committee