Lecturers of the English Department made presentations at the international conference “THE FANTASTIC NARRATIVE IN LITERARY, RELIGIOUS, AND PHILOSOPHICAL CONTEXTS,” held in a hybrid format under the auspices of the Faculty of Humanities at AL-Qasemi College on June 2-3. The conference featured panels on numerous topics pertaining to the fantastic narrative, and convened researchers, lecturers, experts and stakeholders in higher education teaching from national and international universities.
Dr. Wisam A. Chaleila, Head of English Department, moderated the English Panel in the first day and chaired the English session in the second day. In the first day, Prof. Rowland Wymer from University of Anglia, Ruskin, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Cambridge, delivered the keynote speech titled: “SCIENCE FICTION AND RELIGION,” followed by a second keynote speech by Prof. Diane Purkiss from Keble College, University of Oxford, titled: “BLANK PAGE BECOMES WORLD: THE WRITING PROCESSES OF C.S. LEWIS, J.R.R. TOLKIEN, ALAN GARNER, and PHILIP PULLMAN.” The closing keynote talk was delivered by Dr. Rhys Williams from Glasgow University, Faculty of Critical Studies and was titled: “BETWEEN THE SINGULARITY AND THE DYING EARTH.”
In the second day lecturers from the English Department gave presentations about multiple topics. Dr. Usnat Atamnah opened the session with her presentation: “AS WHITE AS SNOW,” CROSS-CULTURAL MOTIFS OF BEAUTY AND AESTHETICS IN FAIRY TALES.” Then Dr. Ahmad Amer delivered a presentation titled: “THE FANTASTIC NARRATIVE OF CINEMA: DETERMINISM, FREE WILL AND COMPATIBILISM IN "STRANGER THAN FICTION." Finally, Dr. Wisam A. Chaleila gave a presentation titled: “FRANCIS FITZGERALD’S MAGICAL REALISM: ALIENATION, CAPITALISM, AND YOUTH IN THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON.”