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THURSDAY 21st January

REGISTRATION  10:00-13:45



Chair: Stefan Ekman

Michał Kłosiński (University of Silesia in Katowice), Between Map and Teritorry in Video Games

Meirion Jordan (Wenzhou-Kean University, China) Gaming Explorations of Greenspan’s Territory: Minecraft, Civilization, and Mapping Out Risk

Miłosz Markocki (The Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń), Maps in MMORPGs: Not Only Tools for Storytelling but also Tools for Motivating the Players

COFFEE BREAK 15:30-16:00


Chair: Krzysztof M. Maj

Stefan Ekman (University of Gothenburg, Sweden), Beyond the Margin of the Map

What can a fictional map tell us about the world that lurks beyond its borders? Fictional maps can be said to create the world that they portray rather than offer a representation of it. Even when textual descriptions are also available, the seas, mountains, and cities of imaginary worlds owe much of their geographic existence to the fact that they are elements in a cartographic space. But fictional maps rarely portray the totality of the world; they are for various reasons focused on particular locations, countries, or continents, leaving a greater or smaller part of the fictional world off the map. At the same time, the maps can reflect that greater world of which they portray only a part. During my lecture, I will look at the margins of maps from (mainly) fantasy literature and what they reveal to us about the fictive world on the map and off it. My point of departure will be the idea that the map encodes information about what I call world architecture, the functional, structural, and aesthetic features that are used to provide spatial orientation and historical and cultural identity to the place mapped. The world architecture that can be identified in fictional maps reflects the architecture of their entire worlds, and critical examination of it can lead to insights into even that which is not mapped. Margins can be used to construct the world outside the map’s borders as unknown, known, or even familiar and I will use fantasy maps to illustrate and discuss some of the critical tools we can use to learn about the world beyond the margins.

picture-35-1377548576Stefan Ekman received his PhD from Lund University, Sweden, in 2010, and a revised version of his thesis was published as Here Be Dragons: Exploring Fantasy Maps and Settings (Wesleyan UP, 2013). He is a former head of the fantasy literature division of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, and has lectured on fantasy, science fiction, and role-playing games for a variety of audiences all over Sweden, including public libraries, schools, and universities. He is currently Research Coordinator at the Swedish National Data Service and teaches fantasy at the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Gothenburg.

FRIDAY 22nd January

SESSION I 9:00-10:30

Chair: Krzysztof M. Maj

Ana Lucia Beck (King’s College London, United Kingdom and Universidade Federal do Rio Gande do Sul, Brazil), All Rivers Flow to Your Mouth. Mapping Jose Lenilson

Anna De Vaul (Wenzhou-Kean University, China), Beyond the Borders of Reason: Unmapped and Unmappable Spaces in Late 20th-Century British Fiction

Miyuki Yamada (University of Tokyo, Japan), Visualize the Invisible: Mapmaking of the Past, Now, and Future in Tomás Eloy Martínez’ “The Tango Singer” and “Purgatory”

COFFEE BREAK 10:30-11:00

SESSION II 11:00-14:30

Chair: Karolina Kwaśna

Magdalena Wąsowicz (Jagiellonian University in Kraków), Fictional Topographies of Poland in Alternate Histories: Between Compensation and Historical Inquiry

Mateusz Myślicki (University of Wrocław), Metro 2033: Human Alienation in Claustrophobic World

Jędrzej Burszta (SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw), Mapping the Queer Territories of Science Fiction

LUNCH ON YOUR OWN 12:30-14:30

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Guided Tour at CINiBA 14:30-15:00

Guide: Jadwiga Witek

A short 30 mins tour around The Library.


SESSION III 15:00-16:30

Chair: Grzegorz Czemiel

Wiktoria Wojtyra (Institute of Art Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw), In Search of Lost Spaces – W.G. Sebald’s Cartography of Loss

Katarzyna Skulimowska (Jagiellonian University in Kraków), Anti-Map as a Metaphor of a Search for Lost Identity in Abe Kōbō’s “Moetsukita Chizu”

Sara Luchetta (University of Padova, Italy), Fiction into Maps: Some Implications from Literary Digital Mapping Projects

COFFEE BREAK 16:30-17:00

SESSION IV 17:00-18:30

Chair: Krzysztof M. Maj

Grzegorz Czemiel (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin), Fictional Map-Making as a Philosophical Mode. Towards an Ecological Understanding of Cartography in Speculative Realism

Jennifer Marquardt (Wenzhou-Kean University, China), Utopian Design and the Culturally Specific Narrative

Thomas Scott Dixon (Ashoka University, India), Real vs. Fictional Maps of Fictional Terrains

SATURDAY 23rd January

SESSION V 9:00-11:00

Chair: Michał Kłosiński

Dimitrios Xanthakis (Vesuvius Media Ltd., Canada), Using Maps in Videogames: Nocturion Case Study

Krzysztof M. Maj (Jagiellonian University in Kraków), Ośrodek Badawczy Facta Ficta, Mapping the Uncharted. Trail-following and Wayfaring as Key Strategies in Exploring Fictional Story- and Gameworlds,

Paweł Gąska (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń), A Game of Maps vs. a Game with Maps, or What’s Unique About 4X Games?

Krzysztof Jański (University of Wrocław), World-building, Mapmaking and Immersion in “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt”

COFFEE BREAK 11:00-11:30

SESSION VI 11:30-13:00

Chair: Krzysztof M. Maj

Marcin Niemojewski (University of Warsaw), Map as a Text and a Discourse. Tolkien’s Fictional Cartography in Anthropological Perspective

Szymon Kukulak (Jagiellonian University in Kraków), A Clock and a Compass, or Anachronisms as a Rule of Map-making. The Middle-earth, the Hyborian Age and Modern Fantasy Worlds

Rev. Adam Prokop (Univeristy of Opole), Dante’s Paradiso

LUNCH ON YOUR OWN 13:00-15:00

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SESSION VII 15:00-16:30

Chair: Ana Lucia Beck

Jessica Miller (University of Queensland, Australia), The Fantasy Map: Finding a Critical Framework for Creative Practice

Maja Starakiewicz (Academy of Fine Arts, Kraków), Make Space for Time. Narrative Devices in Maps

Dagmara Staga (University of Warsaw), Map—Memory—Territory: The (re)Mapping of Memories. Space and Time in II World War’s Children Refugees’ Testimonies