Contemporary Fairy-Tale Adaptations Across Cultures - Conference - Kanagawa University, Yokohama, Japan, 29-30 March 2017

Registration is now closed. Final programme is available on our PROGRAMME page.

Call for Paper

This international conference, the first of its kind in East Asia, seeks to re-orient the fairy tale and to advance comparative fairy-tale studies on a global scale. To do so, it will facilitate conversations among fairy-tale researchers with Western and non-Western cultural backgrounds, stage interactive dialogues between critical and creative practices, and connect common threads across different media and disciplines.

The guiding questions it will pose are: What kind of criticisms would be needed to analyse the adaptations of folktales and fairy tales produced in a globalising world where Western and non-Western cultures interact and compete with each other? What insights would such a comparative analysis bring to the explicit and implicit Eurocentric tendencies in current fairy-tale adaptations and scholarship?

We welcome proposals for papers addressing these issues. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Contemporary adaptations of fairy tales and folktales across different cultures, genres and media (literature, film, art, photography, graphic novels, fashion, etc.).
  • Current theories to analyse fairy-tale adaptations in a globalised context
  • Relationship between cross-cultural adaptations of fairy tales and the construction of gender, national identity, and ethnicity
  • Approaches to cross-cultural adaptations of fairy tales in the classroom
  • The intercultural role of fairy tales in advertising culture

Please send your 300-word abstract and brief biography (100 words maximum) to:

Abstract deadline: 1 June 2016
Notification of acceptance: July 2016

Note: A limited number of student travel grants will be available on a competitive basis.
We will provide travel grants of up to 140,000 yen each to selected students whose presentation proposals are accepted. Please indicate that you would like to receive a grant when sending your abstract. There are no additional application requirements for these grants; your presentation proposal, if accepted, will serve as your grant application. Decisions will be made on the basis of the quality of the proposal and geographical representation among students’ institutions. We will notify recipients when we notify acceptance of proposals in July.

Confirmed keynote speakers

Cristina Bacchilega (Professor, University of Hawai’i)
Vanessa Joosen (Professor, University of Antwerp)
Hatsue Nakawaki (Writer/Storyteller)


Mayako Murai (Professor at Kanagawa University, Japan)
Luciana Cardi (Lecturer at Osaka University, Japan)

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