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Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research invites you to submit a paper for the upcoming edition 3/2015!

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- ja fantasiatutkimuksen seura ry).

One of the objectives of Fafnir is to join up the Nordic field of science fiction and fantasy research, and the upcoming issue will be dedicated to the history and present state of science fiction and fantasy research in the Nordic countries.

If you would like to submit your text for Fafnir 3/2015, we ask you to take the following into account:

* The main language of the journal is English, but articles are also published in Finnish or in the Scandinavian languages. Please note that if English is not your first language, you should have your text reviewed or edited by an English language editor before submitting it for Fafnir.

* The submissions must be original work.

* 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. More information on submission guidelines can be found here:

* The manuscripts of research articles will be peer-reviewed.

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 31 May 2015.

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) More detailed information on our journal is available at

The upcoming edition is scheduled for September 2015.

Best regards,

Jyrki Korpua, Hanna-Riikka Roine and Päivi Väätänen
Editors, Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research
e-mail: submissions(at)


CFP: Reconfiguring Human and Non-Human: Texts, Images and Beyond

In recent years, scholars of different fields have turned their gaze to the complex relations between humans and non-humans. Theorists and thinkers of ecocriticism, animal ethics, queer studies, disability studies and numerous other disciplines have challenged the humanist notions that place (certain kinds of) human beings above all the “other” creatures, with whom we share our world. In the meantime, our material existence has been reconfigured by the human genome project, in-vitro meat, custom-made pharmacology, bioart and other scientific developments. Consequently, (re)definitions and (re)imaginations of humans and non-humans have gained new emphasis in cultural studies, as have the complex material-social entanglements of the production and reception of art and media. As our culture becomes saturated with technology and we begin to notice the consequences of human experiments and exploitation of nature, these questions of human‒non-human relations become more urgent by the day.

In the interdisciplinary seminar RECONFIGURING HUMAN AND NON-HUMAN: TEXTS, IMAGES AND BEYOND, we explore how humans and non-humans are represented, (re)imagined ‒ or, indeed, remade ‒ across arts and media. What political and ethical implications do cultural texts and images of human and non-human embodiments have? Can we really re-imagine non-humans beyond the humanist conceptions of human supremacy? How are art and media productions created in the complex material-social relations that encompass the spheres of both human and non-human? Can we step outside our limited perspectives by creating or engaging with human and non-human characters?

We invite papers on topics that include (but are not limited to):

- boundaries and relations between human and animal, organic and inorganic, animate and inanimate, living and non-living in art and media
- definitions and ontology of (fictional) characters; identification with or affective responses to human and non-human characters and figures
- (representations of) human and non-human embodiments in art and media; aliens, monsters, cyborgs and the “other others” of speculative fiction
- unnatural narratology; human and non-human narrators and narratees
- posthumanism and ecocriticism across art and media; reconfiguring the ethics of the non-human through texts, images and artistic practices
- human encounters with technology in or through art and media; intersections of art and science; bioart
- disabled and enhanced bodies in art and media; body modification and body as a medium

The seminar will take place at the University of Jyväskylä, Central Finland on 29‒30 of October. We are now looking for academics and artists of all levels and fields to present their papers and to participate in the international, interdisciplinary discussion the seminar aims to facilitate. The event is particularly suitable for researchers of art, culture, media and (post)humanist philosophy but abstracts from all academic and artistic fields are welcome.

Please send your abstract of 200‒300 words and information on your institutional affiliation to aino-kaisa.koistinen(a) by August 9, 2015. Panel proposals (200‒300 words, 3‒4 panelists) are also welcome. We will contact all respondents shortly after the deadline. Should you have any questions, you are welcome to contact the organizing committee at: aino-kaisa.koistinen(a) or essi.e.varis(a)

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

Interesting texts and topics are abundant in the newest issue. The articles examine female protagonists in self-insertion fan fiction texts based on Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels and concentrate on the central role of water in the poetics of Rikki Ducornet’s novel The Fountains of Neptune.

We are also proud to present the first lectio praecursoria in the history of Fafnir, one investigating the so called human question in science fiction television. The issue also contains a report of the 36th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts and two literary reviews in two Nordic languages.

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 September 2015. In the meantime, Fafnir wishes our readers a warm and relaxing summer!

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

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

For more information, visit

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