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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

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 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

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What: Workshop for Science Fiction and Fantasy Scholars
When: June 25, 2015
Where: On a Cruise Ship from Turku to Mariehamn, en route to Archipelacon

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 April, 2015 (at 23:59).


This summer Archipelacon – The Nordic Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention in Mariehamn brings together a wide range of scholarly perspectives on the speculative and the fantastic during its Academic Track. Presentations of papers span over three days, participating in the discussion on the many ways which genres such as fantasy, science fiction, and horror take its readers, users, and consumers beyond the boundaries of the actual.

The Archipelacon Academic Track takes the place of the traditional, annual conference of science fiction and fantasy scholars, which is usually hosted in conjunction with Finncon. However, The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research (Finfar) also organises a more casual workshop for students and scholars of all levels on board the cruise ship from Turku to Mariehamn on Thursday 25 June – en route to Archipelacon!

The workshop is for all kinds of 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.

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.

The commentators at the workshop will include Dr Merja Polvinen from the University of Helsinki and Ph.L. Hanna-Riikka Roine from the University of Tampere.

Please send your 300-word abstract describing the content of your proposed paper, and a few words about yourself and your studies by 15 April, 2015 to hanna.roine(at) with title “SHIP 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.

Selection will be made and further instructions sent in early May.

Please note that it is possible to take part in the workshop without attending Archipelacon: you can board the cruise ship from Turku in the morning and, once we arrive in Mariehamn, take another ship straight back to Turku, arriving just after 7 p.m. on the same day.

Welcome to the fantastic workshop!

If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact either Merja (merja.polvinen(at) or Hanna (hanna.roine(at)

For further information on Finfar and Archipelacon:

The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research