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Call for Papers: Fafnir 2/2016

Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research invites you to submit a paper for the upcoming issue 2/2016!

Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research is a peer-reviewed academic journal which is published in electronic format four times a year. Fafnir is published by The Finnish Society of Science Fiction and Fantasy Researchers (Suomen science fiction- jafantasiatutkimuksenseurary,

Now Fafnir invites authors to submit papers for its issue 2/2016. Fafnir publishes various texts ranging from peer-reviewed research articles to short overviews and book reviews in the field of science fiction and fantasy research.

If you would like to submit your text for Fafnir 2/2016, we kindly ask you to take the following into account:

The submissions must be original work, and written in English (or in Finnish or in Scandinavian languages). Manuscripts of research articles should be between 20,000 and 40,000 characters in length. The journal uses the most recent edition of the MLA Style Manual. The manuscripts of research articles will be peer-reviewed. Please note that as Fafnir is designed to be of interest to readers with varying backgrounds, essays and other texts should be as accessibly written as possible. Also, if English is not your first language, please have your article reviewed or edited by an English language editor.

In addition to research articles, Fafnir welcomes text submissions such as essays, interviews, overviews and book reviews on any subject suited for the journal.

The deadline for the submissions is 29th February 2016.

Please send your electronic submission (as an RTF-file) to the following address: submissions(at) For further information, please contact the editors: jyrki.korpua(at), hanna.roine(at) and paivi.vaatanen(at) See also more detailed information on our checklist and submission guidelines:

The upcoming issue is scheduled for June 2016.

We are proud to present the third issue of Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research in the year 2015! The issue can be read at

This issue celebrates posthumously the lifework and accomplishments of two beloved writers of science fiction and fantasy: the great Sir Terence “Terry” Pratchett and the renowned Michael Crichton. The legacy of Prachett’s work is discussed in a special obituary, while the sole research article of this issue studies the relationship between fan and merchant in the Wincanton Hogswatch celebration. The issue also includes an overview studying the significance and scope of Crichton’s too often neglected fictional works, which present his concern for societal issues regarding science and technology.

The rest of the issue specializes in topical issues in Finnish. We are proud to present Juha Raipola’s lectio praecursoria which focuses on representations of the future and future-oriented thinking in Finnish writer Leena Krohn’s work, drawing a connection between the theme of uncertainty and the portrayal of agentic force by non-human things, beings, and technologies. The issue also contains two literary reviews: one on a recent dissertation dealing with the Disney comics by Don Rosa and the other on the first book on the philosophy of horror genre in Finnish.

Please do remember that Fafnir welcomes submissions of research articles, short overviews, academic book reviews, essays, opinion pieces and the like. More detailed information on the journal and the upcoming issues is available at

The next issue is scheduled for December 2015. In the meantime, Fafnir wishes our readers a sunny autumn!

Remember to join Fafnir’s Facebook group:

Best regards,

Jyrki Korpua, Hanna-Riikka Roine & Päivi Väätänen
Editors-in-chief, Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research

Call for Papers for

Fantastic Workshop in Oulu

What: Workshop for Science Fiction and Fantasy Scholars
When: December 4, 2015, 12-16
Where: At the University of Oulu
The deadline for submitting abstracts is November 2, 2015 (at 23:59).

The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research (FINFAR) has for several years organised a yearly paper workshop at national events on the fantastic (such as Finncon and Archipelacon). This year the summer workshop was so popular that the society decided to organise an additional workshop during winter.

The workshop is open for scholars focusing on science fiction and fantasy who want peer support and expert comments – whether you are working towards a seminar essay, article, MA thesis or a PhD. We welcome proposals from all fields and approaches.

Due to the participatory nature of the workshop and limitations on time and space, the workshop is open only for the participants and designated commentators.

Please send your 300-word abstract describing the content of your proposed paper, and a few words about yourself and your studies by November 2, 2015 to with title “FINFAR WORKSHOP 2015 ABSTRACT [YOUR NAME]”. The final paper should be 10,000–15,000 characters in length. You can submit a paper either in Finnish or English. The workshop is meant for written papers, not presentations.

The selection will be made and further instructions sent before 9 November. The deadline for the final paper is November 20, 2015.

At the same time (December 3−4, 2015), the 8th Conference on Cultural Studies in Finland will take place 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. Undergraduate and Master Students are entitled to participate in the event free of charge. For registration, go to

If you have any questions about the Finfar workshop, please contact either Kaisa ( or Aino-Kaisa (

Welcome to the fantastic workshop!

For further information on Finfar and the Conference on Cultural Studies:

The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research:

The Conference on Cultural Studies: