Community Volunteer Program

EPL On the Edge Speaker Series

On the Edge - Stuff & Stories: The Things We Take and Make from Fiction

How does information from fictional worlds escape and leave physical traces in the real world?

Learn about Robyn Stobbs' thought-provoking research in this hands-on workshop. This presentation will be an introduction to Robyn's research on fiction, information, and their material forms. She is exploring the details of how people make things related to their favourite fictional worlds (e.g., Harry Potter, Middle Earth, Star Wars, Dungeons & Dragon settings). Join us for an interactive presentation and workshop with opportunities for you to think about and explore fictional worlds and storytelling through objects and information. Come and roll some dice, make a map, or tell a story to explore interactions with fictional worlds and information!

When: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Strathcona Library


About the speaker

Robyn is an interdisciplinary PhD student at the University of Alberta. Her research interests are centered on fictional worlds and how people need, seek, and use information. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the departments Human Ecology and Library and Information Studies. Her current work is a study on fictional worlds, focusing on the information people use and the things they make. She is looking at the objects people make and use, the fictional worlds they engage with, and the stories they tell.

About On the Edge: Speaker Series

On the Edge is a speaker series featuring cutting edge research presented by scholars and researchers from Edmonton's academic community. It is presented by the University of Alberta's Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and hosted at the Strathcona Library Branch every month. Everyone is invited to attend these sessions.

To learn how to be a presenter for "On the Edge", please contact or Charity Slobod at