Monthly Archives: March 2015

The First Issue of Fafnir’s Second Year is Now Out!

We are proud to present the first issue of Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research in the year 2015!

This first issue of Fafnir’s second year is multilingual and focuses mainly on the works of science fiction. We are happy to publish our first peer reviewed article in Finnish, discussing The Quantum Thief, the debut novel by Finnish writer Hannu Rajaniemi. The other article included in this issue uses the tools of posthumanism and posthumanist studies to discuss the changes in the world influenced by technology.

These articles are fruits of the annual Finfar seminar, which was held in Jyväskylä, Finland, in July 2014. The issue also contains a report from the seminar, an overview of Fafnir’s first eventful year and a literary review of a recent collection discussing the classic fantasy theory of Tzvetan Todorov.

Please do remember that Fafnir welcomes submissions of research articles, short overviews, academic book reviews, essays, opinion pieces and the like. See more detailed information on our current call for papers. The issue 3/2015 will be the first Fafnir with a specific theme and it is going to focus on the history of science fiction and fantasy research in the Nordic countries.

The first year of Fafnir was a thrill – but there are still many articles and texts to be published. We hope that you are looking forward to this year as much as we do!

Remember to join Fafnir’s Facebook group!

BORDERS — Call for Workshop Proposals

BORDERS — Call for Workshop Proposals

VIII Conference on Cultural Studies
December 3−4, 2015, University of Oulu, Finland

The 8th Conference on Cultural Studies in Finland will take place on December 3−4, 2015 at the University of Oulu. The theme of this year’s conference is Borders. The conference discusses and problematizes the meanings and manifestations of various kinds of borders, both concrete and more metaphorical or symbolic by nature. Borders can mark distinction and otherness, wherein exclusion is made on grounds of gender, ethnicity, class, culture, or language, for instance. On the other hand, borders can be crossed and blurred, as for example in multidisciplinary research of which Cultural Studies itself is a good example. Borders can also function as an inclusive construction, in which case their significance lies in their ability to connect. However, defining borders is often more or less an artificial act, as for example the discussion concerning imagined communities has demonstrated. Therefore borders can also be deconstructed and made open to negotiations.

We are now inviting workshop proposals on topics related to the theme of the conference. An abstract (max. 300 words) should be sent to rajat@oulu.fi no later than March 31, 2015. The workshop chairs will be notified of the approval by April 15, 2015. The workshops can be held in Finnish, Swedish, Sami or English. Upon submitting your proposal, please inform the committee which of the conference days (Thu, Fri, or both) is best suitable for your workshop.

The conference is organized by the Society for Cultural Studies in Finland and the University of Oulu.

Welcome to Oulu!

Organizing Committee of Borders − The 8th Conference on Cultural Studies in Finland
Society for Cultural Studies in Finland

For more information, visit http://kultut.fi