Helion International Conference
Fifth edition

Frontiers of the Possible: Borders and
Openings in Speculative Fiction


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12 – 13 April 2019
Orizont Conference Hall, Sf. Gheorghe St. 3, First Floor

Cornel Secu, President of Helion Cultural Association
Lucian-Vasile Szabo, Faculty of Political Sciences, Philosophy and Communication Sciences, West University of Timișoara, Conference Chair
Marius-Mircea Crișan, Teacher Training Department, West University of Timișoara, Scientific Chair

Scientific Committee:
Professor Clive Bloom, Middlesex University, Notre Dame University USA
Professor Ştefan Borbély, Babes-Bolyai University
Dr. Mădălin Bunoiu, West University of Timișoara
Dr. Magdalena Grabias, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin
Professor Otilia Hedeșan, West University of Timișoara
Professor William Hughes, Bath Spa University
Dr. Dana Percec, West University of Tmișoara
Dr. Lucian-Vasile Szabo, West University of Tmișoara
Dr. Marius-Mircea Crișan, West University of Tmișoara

Conference programme

Friday, April 12

17.00 – 17.30 Opening Session
Chair: Lucian Vasile Szabo
Cornel Secu, Lucian Vasile Szabo, Marius-Mircea Crișan, Opening remarks. Helion in International Contexts
Marius-Mircea Crișan, West University of Timișoara, Helion International Conferences and New Perspectives on Speculative Fiction

Chair: Marius-Mircea Crișan
William Hughes, Bath Spa University UK, ‘a final bit of Gothic melodrama’: Stephen King and the Frankenstein Paradigm
Magdalena Grabias, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland, The New Millennium Monster Parade: Supernatural Lore in The CW Television Series The Originals

18.30 – 19.30
Chair: William Hughes
Brankica Bojović, University of Montenegro, Interior is Anterior in the work of Ljiljana Habjanovic
Gabriela Glăvan, West University of Timișoara, Avatars of an Icon: Alien’s Commander Ripley

20.00 Dinner
Casa Politehnicii 2 (Casa Universitarilor / Casa Oamenilor de Știință – House of Scientists – COȘ, Mihai Eminescu Blvd. 11)

Saturday, 13 April

10.00 – 11.00
Chair: William Hughes
Ştefan Borbély, Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania, World Despotism and Beyond: The Politics of Techno-Orientalism (A Few Questions and Answers)
Letterio Todaro, University of Catania, Italy, Children, Cradles and Vampires: Openings to the Fantastic and Challenges to Reality in Luigi Capuana’s tales

11.00 – 12.00
Chair: Letterio Todaro
Emanuela Ilie, “Al. I. Cuza” University from Iaşi, Romania, Beyond Transparent Graves
Constantina Raveca Buleu, The “Sextil Puscariu” Institute of Linguistics and Literary History, The Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca, Time Traveling between SF and Gothic

12.00 – 12.40
Chair: Lucian-Vasile Szabo
Marius-Mircea Crișan, Openings in Speculative Fiction
Cornel Secu, Lucian Vasile Szabo, Marius-Mircea Crișan, Closing remarks

12.45 – 13.45 Lunch, Casa Politehnicii 2
13.45 Conference trip
20.30 Conference Dinner


Helion Circle in International Contexts

Anticipation Club Helion TimişClub Helion Timiş was established on March 18, 1980. On March 25, 1981 it published the first magazine Helion, printed and distributed throughout Romania, which had three series 1981-1991; 1994-1995; 2006-present (82 numbers in total). In 1981 it launched the national competition of short stories HELION, which reached its 32nd edition. Helion Club’s publications have won numerous awards at national conventions of science fiction, the magazine Helion won the award for best European fanzine in 1984 at Brighton and in 1988 at San Marino, as well as Library Nova Award for the best nonfiction magazine at EUROCON Budapest in 1989.

Since 2010 Helion Association, which includes the most important members of the Helion Club, edits the electronic magazine Helion online (ten issues per year).

Since 1981 Helion Club organizes Helion Days, which in 1985 were transformed in the Session Helion (31 editions).

Since 2015 Helion Club, with substantial support of the Culture House of Timisoara and Helion Association organises Helion International Conference.

Helion has organized alone or in cooperation with other clubs five S.F. National Convention and it was the mainstay in EUROCON in 1994, when Cornel Secu (presiednt of the club at that time), was awarded the prize for best European promoter.

Since its beginnings, Helion established itself as an important center for S.F. authors, and in the last decade it has become the Romanian club with the most diverse and substantial activity.