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Conference on ‘Folk Belief’ & ‘The Supernatural in Literature and Film’
This interdisciplinary conference explores the supernatural in literature and film as well as folk belief from around the globe.
Folk belief and traditions of the supernatural.
Folk belief and vernacular religion exist in all societies. But what happens to folk belief in places with new communities and transient residents? Can legends and rituals thrive after their originators have departed back home? Longyearbyen (population 2200) is the world’s northernmost town, the main settlement on Norway’s vast, largely ice-
The supernatural in literature and film.
Svalbard’s transient population has not, however, prevented the island from being associated with the supernatural in literature and film. In Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, Svalbard is the realm of armoured polar bears. The TV series Fortitude, modelled on Longyearbyen, is steeped in mystery, and Michelle Paver’s novel Dark Matter is a ghost story set in the immensity of the polar winter.
Extreme darkness and isolation are themselves genre staples within works of supernatural horror, from the vampire-
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About the conference.
The conference begins on the afternoon of 20 January. On 20-
Proceedings of submitted conference papers will be published online.