The world of fantasy was explored in a highly successful one day symposium which was held last week by Richmond in a joint initiative with the University of Northampton. This was the eighth annual Richmond-Northampton fantasy conference in which undergraduate students also present, giving them a chance to not only attend an academic conference but even to present.

Entitled ‘Monsters’, this event at the University of Northampton investigated the role of fantasy in literature, film and international history.

Richmond’s Professor Dom Alessio, Professor of History and Vice President International Programmes and Dr Caleb Turner, Assistant Professor of Film Studies, were joined byDr Jon Mackley, Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Northampton and who also teaches the Richmond ‘British Fantasy’ class.

Richmond and AIFS Study Abroad student, Alexis Voisard, presented on “C.S. Lewis’s ‘Veil of Familiarity’ in J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling”.

The event comes just ahead of the launch of an exciting new MA Film: Science Fiction & Fantasy programme which is due to commence at Richmond in Fall 2020.