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Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research invites you to submit a paper for the upcoming issue 1/2018!

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 Finfar – The Finnish Society of Science Fiction and Fantasy Researchers (Suomen science fiction- ja fantasia tutkimuksen seura ry, http://www.finfar.org).

Now Fafnir invites authors to submit papers for its issue 1/2018. 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 1/2018, 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 (see for example https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/).

– For further notes on style and submission guidelines, see http://journal.finfar.org/for-authors/

– 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 30 November 2017.

Please send your electronic submission (as an RTF-file) to the following address: submissions(at)finfar.org. For further information, please contact the editors via submissions address. See also more detailed information on our checklist and submission guidelines: http://journal.finfar.org/for-authors/submission-guidelines.

The upcoming issue is scheduled for March 2018.

Call for Papers forWorldcon_Polarbear

Academic Track at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention:

“100 Years of Estrangement”

9–13 August, 2017

Messukeskus, the Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre, Helsinki, Finland

Estrangement, or defamiliarization (ostranenie), has long been a crucial concept in our understanding of speculative fiction. Since its first appearance in Viktor Shklovsky’s essay “Art as Technique” (or “Art as Device”) in 1917, estrangement has made its way into the theories of prose fiction, of theatre, and of film, and it forms the core of some of the foundational works in the theory of science fiction, such as Darko Suvin’s definition of SF as cognitive estrangement.

To celebrate the centenary of Shklovsky’s essay, the Worldcon 75 Academic Track calls for proposals for scholarly presentations from any academic discipline to examine, interrogate, and expand research related to the concept of estrangement, to related terms such as cognitive estrangement, the uncanny, the unnatural, Brecht’s Verfremdungseffekt or Derrida’s différance, and to their role in the analysis of speculative fiction in any medium. We hope for a broad, interdisciplinary discussion on the many ways in which estrangement or defamiliarization relates to the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror, and on how those genres form a particularly fertile ground for extending our understanding of how the familiar is made new, or the strange comprehensible.

To examine these phenomena, we invite proposals addressing e.g. the following questions:

● What is the status of Shklovsky’s original ostranenie in contemporary theories of speculative fiction (widely understood)?

● How does defamiliarization or estrangement function in different fantastic (sub)genres?

● What are the differences and similarities between the techniques or strategies of defamiliarization in different media (e.g. prose fiction, graphic narratives, theatre, films, games)? How does defamiliarization relate to inter- or transmedial storytelling?

● What is the dynamic between defamiliarization, mental transportation and identification? How do estranging and fantastical effects impact the reader’s perception of the storyworld or sympathy towards the characters?

● How do works of speculative fiction balance estranging or defamiliarizing techniques and the naturalizing effects inherent to its worldbuilding and characterization? How does defamiliarization relate to the realistic illusions created by speculative fiction?

● How does estrangement help us to describe metafiction and formal self-reflection in speculative fiction?

● Are there different scholarly traditions around estrangement in different academic fields (e.g. literary studies, aesthetics, film theory) and in different language areas (e.g. Anglo-American, Russian, German, French)?

● Arising from Russian formalism and the avant-garde, estrangement has strongly political roots that have to do with the freedom of art within society. How does this political aspect of estrangement fare today?

● How is defamiliarization used in fantastic genres to question or critique societal issues and/or social identity categories (e.g. gender, sexuality, ethnicity, age, social class)?

● What can the study of defamiliarizing techniques offer to the posthumanist line of interdisciplinary research and its interest in the relations between humans and nonhumans?

● What commercial functions does estrangement have, and how do those interact with its aesthetic and ideological functions in speculative fiction?

In addition to these theoretical questions, we call for analyses of the effects of estrangement in specific works of speculative fiction in any medium. Beyond the specific conference theme of defamiliarization, proposals on all other topics to do with speculative fiction are also welcome.

Submission guidelines:

Papers will be allowed a maximum presentation time of 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for discussion. All presentations will be given in English.

● For an individual paper, please submit

  • a max. 500-word abstract, outlining your argument and the grounding of your scholarly approach
  • a max. 100-word description of your academic affiliation(s) and publications (i.e. a ‘bio note’).

● For a pre-arranged session of three or four presentations (3x20 minutes or 4x15 minutes), please submit a proposal including

  • a summary paragraph of the central purpose of the session
  • the name of the session chair
  • the individual abstracts of all speakers
  • bio notes of all speakers.

Please note that we will accept only one presentation per scholar, but you can submit both an individual abstract and a full session proposal, if you wish.

All proposals should be sent as e-mail attachments (Word or PDF) to merja.polvinen@worldcon.fi by October 31st, 2016.

We hope to announce the selections to the programme by 30th November, 2016. All selected speakers will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation. There is no separate conference fee, but all speakers in the Academic Track must join Worldcon 75 as attending members. For more information on purchasing memberships, please see the convention website at http://www.worldcon.fi/memberships/.

About the event:

Worldcon, or the World Science Fiction Convention is the annual convention of the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS). The first Worldcon was held in 1939 and, after a hiatus during WWII, has been held continuously since 1946. The convention brings together thousands of science fiction and fantasy aficionados from all around the world, and the programming includes five multi-track days of panel discussions, presentations, workshops and art exhibitions, as well as the annual Hugo Awards ceremony. For more information on Worldcon75 and on the venue in Helsinki, please see http://www.worldcon.fi/.

The Academic Track is organised by Worldcon 75 in cooperation with FINFAR, The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research. For more information on submissions, or any other aspect of the Academic Track, please contact merja.polvinen@worldcon.fi.

Looking forward to welcoming you to Helsinki!

Dr Merja Polvinen

Chair of the Academic Track committee

Department of Modern Languages, University of Helsinki https://tuhat.halvi.helsinki.fi/portal/en/person/mpolvine

in cooperation with

FINFAR, The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, http://finfar.org/en/

PDF: Worldcon75AcademicTrackCFP

Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research invites you to submit a paper for the upcoming issue 3/2016!

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 Research (Suomen science fiction- ja fantasiatutkimuksen seura ry, http://www.finfar.org).

Now Fafnir invites authors to submit papers for its issue 3/2016. 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 3/2016, 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 May 31.

Please send your electronic submission (as an RTF-file) to the following address: submissions(at)finfar.org. For further information, please contact the editors: k_ainokaisa(at)yahoo.com, jyrki.korpua(at)oulu.fi and hanna.roine(at)uta.fi. See also more detailed information on our checklist and submission guidelines: http://journal.finfar.org/for-authors/submission-guidelines.

The upcoming issue is scheduled for September 2016.

Call for Papers for a

Fantastic Paper Workshop in Tampere, June 30th – July 1st, 2016

The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research (FINFAR) organises an annual paper workshop at the threshold of Finncon 2016, at the University of Tampere on June 30th and July 1st 2016.

Finncon is one of the largest events on science fiction and fantasy in Europe. In 2016, Finncon is held in Tampere (University of Tampere), on July 1st–3rd. The main theme of the event is “fairytales”. For more information on Finncon 2016, visit http://2016.finncon.org/en/what-is-finncon/ .

Science fiction and fantasy research is present at Finncon 2016 in two forms: an academic track and a paper workshop. The Guest Scholar for Finncon 2016 is Raffaella Baccolini (University of Bologna). If you wish to present in the academic track, please respond to the separate call for papers (http://finfar.org/en/call-for-papers-for-the-academic-track-at-finncon-2016-fantastic-visions-from-faerie-to-dystopia-3/ ).

The paper workshop, held prior to the beginning of the main event, is a closed feedback session for written research papers. The papers are read by all participants beforehand, and the workshop is dedicated to comments and discussion. The workshop is targeted at undergraduates, graduate students and established scholars alike. We welcome proposals from all fields and approaches, as long as the subject matter relates to science fiction or fantasy. Established Finnish scholars on science fiction and fantasy will comment on the papers. 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 March 31st, 2016, to kaisa.kortekallio@helsinki.fi and liisa.rantalaiho@uta.fi with the title “FINFAR WORKSHOP 2016 ABSTRACT [YOUR NAME]”. The selection will be made by April 15th. The final paper should be 10,000–15,000 characters in length. You can submit a paper either in Finnish or in English. The deadline for the final paper is May 31st, 2016. Further information and instructions will be sent upon approval.

If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact either Kaisa Kortekallio (kaisa.kortekallio@helsinki.fi) or Liisa Rantalaiho (liisa.rantalaiho@uta.fi). For further information on FINFAR, visit http://www.finfar.org .