New Seasons, Old Voices: Breaking the Eurocentric Model of Fantasy
Signum University and the Mythgard Institute invite you to join us on Saturday, May 18, 2024, for Wild Rose Moot 2024. This hybrid event will occur at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. For our first year, our theme is, “New Seasons, Old Voices: Breaking the Eurocentric Model of Fantasy”.
In a world increasingly interconnected, it is essential to recognize and celebrate the diverse literary traditions beyond the Western canon. From the bustling streets of Mumbai to the serene landscapes of Kyoto, from Scheherazade in A Thousand and One Nights to Sunny Nwazue in Akata Witch, these narratives offer glimpses into the rich tapestries of human experience. Wild Rose Moots aims to explore the vibrant tapestry of non-Western speculative fiction, shedding light on voices often marginalized or overlooked.
Some key themes for Wild Rose Moot include:
Cultural Context and Identity: Non-Western literature reflects unique cultural contexts, historical legacies, and multifaceted identities. One example is Li Ruzhen’s Flowers in the Mirror, a Chinese fantasy classic from the Qing Dynasty that subverts gender roles and explores feminism with a captivating narrative.
Magical Realism and Folklore: Non-Western literature often weaves folklore, magical realism, and mythology seamlessly into its fabric. These elements blur the boundaries between reality and imagination. R.K. Narayan’s Malgudi stories, set in the fictional town of Malgudi in South India, capture the essence of everyday life in India with gentle humor and incisive observations.
Narrative Structures and Innovations: Beyond the Western three-act structure, non-Western literature introduces alternative storytelling techniques, such as kishōtenketsu, an East Asian narrative style that does not contain conflict.
We invite you with us to explore the full world of speculative fiction.
The Wild Rose Moot team is accepting proposals for creative presentations, academic papers, or discussion panels based on the theme “New Seasons, Old Voices: Breaking the Eurocentric Model of Fantasy”. Our call for proposals will close on April 18. We welcome proposals from in-person and remote attendees.
Please note that a conference theme helps tie the day together and optimize fun—and we welcome anyone to respond to the Call for Proposals. Our moots are fantastic places for anyone to develop their presentation skills.