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Fantasy => General Discussion => Topic started by: Djibril on October 07, 2017, 06:06:42 PM

Title: Why do we need monsters?
Post by: Djibril on October 07, 2017, 06:06:42 PM
Thought some BFS types might be interested in attending this public event on monsters, run by the Institute for Classical Studies at Senate House in central London, Tuesday October 17th. https://ics.sas.ac.uk/events/event/14237 (https://ics.sas.ac.uk/events/event/14237)

Venue
The Beveridge Hall, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Description
Today we worry about chimaeras - organisms created by combining genes from more than one species - and science fiction writers imagine bizarre aliens on other planets, just as nineteenth-century novelists placed them in the Centre of the Earth, on Lost Worlds or in Lands that Time Forgot. Almost every society has imagined monsters, often as hybrids of humans and beasts. This free public event brings together some of the most interesting researchers on ancient monsters and invites us to reflect on what purpose these nearly humans serve in societies ancient and modern.

This is a free event but booking is essential (http://sas.sym-online.com/registrationforms/whydoweneedmonsters/).
There's also a book giveaway and people posting images of their favorite monsters on Twitter and FB using the hashtag #ICSmonsters (https://twitter.com/hashtag/ICSmonsters).