Popular Culture and the Deep Past 2019: Fairies and the Fantastic


PCDP 2019: Fairies and the Fantastic

February 22-23, 2019
Ohio Union, The Ohio State University

The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the Ohio State University is hosting a new Popular Culture and the Deep Past Event in honor of CMRS Director Emeritus Richard Firth Green, whose book, Elf Queens and Holy Friars (2016) has won the 2017 The Mythopoeic Society Scholarship Award for Myth and Fantasy Studies and the 2018 Medieval Institute Otto Gründler Book Prize.

We will have panels on the topic of Fairies and the Fantastic. In the Prologue to Chaucer’s Wife of Bath’s Tale, the narrator reminisces about a time when the land was full of fairies and the Elf Queen danced merrily on the green.  In the centuries since Chaucer, fairies, far from disappearing, have lived on in the popular imagination and its creations.  This conference is especially interested in Fairies and the Fantastic in the broadly conceived Medieval and Renaissance periods, but it also looks back to earlier examples of fairy belief or that explore the uses of fairies in later popular culture.  We have papers covering approaches from literary, artistic, cinematic, and gaming analyses, to historical and cultural investigations, as well as papers with broad geographical scope that examine the ‘presence’ of fairies outside Western Europe--in Scandinavia, Persia, and other parts of the world.

We are currently organizing the panels, and a schedule is forthcoming. Friday night will feature our keynote address, "The Many Roads to Fairyland" by Haunted Ohio author and CMRS alum, Chris Woodyard. A reception will follow.

In keeping with the spirit of past PCDP events, the academic conference will be part of a broader ‘carnival’ of events and activities, including food- and culture-ways demonstrations; exhibits of artwork, books, and manuscripts; combat; gaming; and Cosplay.  We welcome proposals for non-academic presentations and activities.


Keynote address: Chris Woodyard, "The Many Roads to Fairyland"

Schedule of Events - coming soon!

Registration Form for event participants and attendees

Call for Papers (Fairies and the Fantastic Conference)



Unless otherwise indicated, all events will take place in the Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street. Admission to all events is free and open to the public, though we do encourage attendees and presenters to pre-register, especially for the Friday keynote reception, so we have a general headcount for catering, etc. See the event schedule and/or the registration form (linked below) for further details.
Visitor Parking is available at the Ohio Union South Garage.
Registration Deadline: Monday, February 18, 2019, 5 p.m. EST
Hotel Accommodations:
  • A room block is available at the SpringHill Suites OSU/Columbus; click here for reservations until Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
  •  Check out https://visit.osu.edu/stay/ for details about other accomodations in the OSU-Columbus area, including the Blackwell Inn on campus.
Please contact graduate associates Steve Barker and Leyla Khansari at cmrs_gaa@osu.edu, or the main CMRS address at cmrs@osu.edu, for more information.
To join the discussion of panel construction and content, see the Facebook group.