Magic and Literature

2-Day International Conference

May 27-28, 2016

Program Schedule

Registration Information:

Please pay your registration fee in person at ULAB to Ms. Bushra Mehnaz (4th floor, Campus A) OR at any Prime Bank branch.

If you deposit your fee at the bank, please email us a photo of your proof of registration at [email protected].

Account Name: University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh
Account Number: 12711040000064
Bank: Prime Bank Limited
Branch: Sat Masjid Road
Address: House # 99, Road # 11/A, Dhanmondi, R/A, Dhaka-1209
Phone:  (02) 9122374,8124258, 8153556
Fax: (02) 8121652

Registration Deadline:

May 25, 2016

Registration Fees:

Tk. 1500 (Local participants)
Tk. 800 (Students)
$150 (Overseas participants)
$100 (SAARC participants)
Tk. 500/day/guest

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Prof. Subir Dhar, Rabindra Bharati University

Magic pops up frequently in literature. Prospero’s art, Keats’s ‘charm’d magic casements,’ the satirical sylphs in Pope’s The Rape of the Lock, Yeats’s occultism are some examples. In English Studies, we deal with magic in classics as well as in popular literature: Homer and Apuleius, the Holy Grail, The Faerie Queene, the modern magical realists, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Ursula K. Le Guin, J.K. Rowling and others. We locate magic in the ‘genial spirit’ of the author; we identify magic as an object of desire, an enactment of words, or an enchanted place.

Is magic a type of religion, a primitive form of science, or an ultimate trick that—like money—creates illusion?  Why is the media suddenly flooded with magical fantasies? Why is a rational society like ours subscribing to an apparent irrationality? Why have we once again become wise of the other-wise?

The Department of English & Humanities, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, will explore these issues in an international conference on May 27-28, 2016.

Papers on the following broad topics will be presented:

  • Magic and Genre
  • Magic and Gender
  • Magic and Money
  • Magical Realism
  • Magic and Culture
  • Magic and the Media
  • Magic and Semiotics
  • E-Magic
  • Magic and Theory
  • Magic and Environment
  • Magic and Romance
  • Magic and Religion
  • Magic and Science
  • Magic and War
  • Magic and Performance
  • Magic and Graphic Novels
  • Magic and Postmodernism
  • Magic and the Classroom

Abstracts150-250 words (author’s affiliation and position required)
Abstracts Deadline: April 28, 2016
Papers: 20-minute presentation, including Q&A

For information/queries, please email:
 [email protected]