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Call for Papers:


Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research invites authors to submit papers for the upcoming edition 4/2016. Theme for the edition is “Speculative Fiction in Comics and Graphic Novels”. We invite papers that focus on speculative fiction in, for example, genres of comics, graphic novels and graphic narratives, cartoons, animations, anime or manga.

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 Society (The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research) from 2013 onwards. 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.

The submissions for the edition 4/2016 must be original work, and written in English, 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 you are writing in English, and English is not your first language, please have your article reviewed or edited by an English language editor.

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

The deadline for research articles is August 15, 2016 and for other submissions November 15, 2016.

Please send your electronic submission (saved as RTF-file) to the following address: submissions(at)finfar.org. For further information, please contact the editors: jyrki.korpua(at)oulu.fi, hanna.roine(at)uta.fi and aino-kaisa.koistinen(at)jyu.fi.

More detailed information about Fafnir and the submission guidelines is available at our webpage journal.finfar.org.

This edition is scheduled for December 2016.

Best regards,

Aino-Kaisa Koistinen, Jyrki Korpua and Hanna-Riikka Roine

Editors, Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research

The Far Side of English:
New Gothic and Science-Fiction Monsters

University of Tampere, Finland, 3.-4.5.2016

Ever since Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the Gothic and Science Fiction have been moving in parallel ways – Brian Aldiss refers to the latter as characteristically cast in the Gothic or post-Gothic mode. Both the Gothic and Science Fiction are replete with allegories and metaphors about the human condition, particularly in topics that are considered taboo, such as ethnicity/“race”, the origin and eventual fate of life, or the human place in the cosmos. Both in the Gothic and in Science Fiction, to understand the monster lurking in the shadowy forest or the alien crawling on the space station, is to understand one’s self.

We invite English-language literature students and researchers at all levels to submit abstracts (~250 words) for presentations related to “The Far Side of English”, which will be held from 3.-4.5.2016 at the University of Tampere. Areas of research and fields of study can include (but are not limited to):

- Gothic/Science-Fiction “others”.
- Adaptations and allegories of classic and modern myths in a Gothic/Science-Fiction context.
- The future of the Gothic and Science Fiction.
- Hybridity, artificial intelligence, and conceptual monsters.

Please submit your abstracts via email to christos.angelis@uta.fi by 20.03.2016. Speakers will be notified of their acceptance by 25.03.2016.

Attendance at the conference is free of charge.

See also http://www.uta.fi/ltl/plural/konferenssit/farside.html

Call for Papers for the Academic Track at FINNCON 2016

Fantastic Visions from Faerie to Dystopia

July 1–3, 2016, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland

Finncon 2016 is one of the largest events in Europe for anyone interested in science fiction and fantasy. By tradition, it is free of membership fee, and offers you several programme tracks with presentations, panels and lectures on all aspects of science fiction and fantasy. The main language will be Finnish, but there are programme tracks also in English and Swedish. For more information, see http://2016.finncon.org/en/what-is-finncon/ .

Finncon 2016 includes an academic track, organised in cooperation with the University of Tampere research project Darkening visions: dystopian fiction in contemporary Finnish literature and the Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research (FINFAR, http://finfar.org/en ).

The Finncon 2016 Academic Track aims to bring together a wide range of scholarly perspectives on the speculative and the fantastic. We hope for a broad, interdisciplinary discussion on the many ways in which genres such as fantasy, science fiction and horror take their readers, users, and consumers to strange speculative worlds, from modern dystopias to classic fairylands.

The Academic Track now invites presentations on fairy tales and dystopia. The general theme of Finncon 2016 is fairy tales, and accordingly the Author Guests of Honour are Catherynne M. Valente (USA), Jasper Fforde (UK) and Anne Leinonen (Finland). Fairy tales are a part of the shared human cultural heritage, and each culture has fairy tales of its own. Although fairy tales are often seen as children’s culture, fairy tale tropes and motifs may also belong to a galaxy far, far away, as they have become material for popular culture in many forms.

We also wish to emphasise the fiction of dystopia. One of the most noticeable trends in speculative fiction has been the rise of dystopian themes and visions that expand from undesirable, oppressive societies to apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic scenarios of the future of the mankind and life on earth more generally. What is the attraction of these dark imaginations that also penetrate young adult fiction?

The Guest Scholar will be Raffaella Baccolini (University of Bologna), who will give a plenary lecture and comment on papers.

Proposals for scholarly papers from any academic discipline that seek to examine, interrogate, and expand research related to any aspect of fairy tales or dystopia, for any age group, in any medium are welcome. Papers will be allowed a maximum presentation time of 20 minutes.

Please submit a 500-word proposal describing the content of your proposed paper, and a few words about yourself and your research to either Saija Isomaa ( saija.isomaa@uta.fi ) or Jyrki Korpua ( jyrki.korpua@gmail.com ).

The deadline for the proposals is February 29, 2016.

Tampere is easy to get to either directly by air or by train (or car) from Helsinki. The convention location is the University of Tampere which is downtown, near the train station and a short way from several hotels, shops and markets.

If you have any questions about the Finncon 2016 or the Academic Track, please contact Liisa Rantalaiho ( liisa.rantalaiho@uta.fi ).

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 http://journal.finfar.org.

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 journal.finfar.org.

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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fafnirjournal.

Best regards,

Jyrki Korpua, Hanna-Riikka Roine & Päivi Väätänen
Editors-in-chief, Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research
e-mail: submissions@finfar.org

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 kaisa.kortekallio@helsinki.fi 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 http://www.oulu.fi/english/rajat

If you have any questions about the Finfar workshop, please contact either Kaisa (kaisa.kortekallio@helsinki.fi) or Aino-Kaisa (aino-kaisa.koistinen@jyu.fi).

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: http://www.finfar.org

The Conference on Cultural Studies: http://www.oulu.fi/english/rajat

SHARING THE PLAY – A seminar on Play of and between Children and Adults

University of Jyväskylä, November 16th – 17th 2015

Play has traditionally been considered as something children do, whether as idle pastime and “mere play”, or as serving developmental functions. In recent research literature we still find the playful child contrasted to the goal-oriented adult. The picture is however quickly changing, as playing and games have been accepted as potentially productive modes of doing things. A playful attitude is promoted to children for educational purposes, to adults for improving work results, and to senior citizen for keeping them physically and mentally healthy. Today it is also increasingly common for people to carry on playing games after entering the adult world, with family and work responsibilities. Pop and rock music led the way here as it became evident that it was not just a question of a certain age of adolescence, but of an enduring habit. There are similar developments in the world of playing and games: instead of adults playing with children occasionally we now have adults playing games amongst each other, or children and adults playing together on more or less equal terms, whether with dolls or with virtual avatars in online worlds. Some indeed say that we have entered the ludic age.

The status of play is ambiguous in many academic fields. While it is a key concept in the classical tradition of aesthetics and hermeneutics, it is only recently that actual playing and games have gained more attention in humanities and social sciences. Within the multidisciplinary field of childhood studies there has been reluctance towards using the concept, as it has been felt that it degrades and marginalizes children’s activities. In education a trend identified as “the learnification of education” has brought with it an increased emphasis on measurable outcomes instead of human growth: there is then little room for play except as instrumentalised for learning purposes.

In the Sharing the Play seminar we hope to bring together researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds, such as childhood and youth studies, game studies, gender studies, arts and culture, media, education, psychology, sports and social sciences. There will be two internationally recognized keynote lecturers presenting in the seminar. We especially invite contributions that analyse participants’ – both children and adult – own perspectives and understanding of playing and gaming.

The keynote lectures will be delivered by Jessica Enevold (Senior Lecturer, University of Lund & IT University of Copenhagen) and Helle Skovbjerg Karoff (Aalborg University, Denmark). They will also provide comments on the seminar papers.

Papers may be related to topics such as:

-         Functions and ends of playing and gaming: psychological, social, existential and ontological;

-         Hermeneutics of playing and gaming;

-         The relationship of play and playfulness to imagination, creativity and the arts;

-         Improvisation, negotiation, rules in plays and games;

-         Co-operation and competition in plays and games;

-         Intergenerational, intercultural and gender issues of play and games: anonymity, roles and the re-positioning of identities;

-         Play-worlds and games as imaginary worlds and as transformations of the everyday;

-         Effects of play and playfulness on the experience of social and physical environments;

-         Affordances for play in physical and institutional environments: pros and cons;

-         Educational and learning games;

-         Playing, gaming and well-being.

Deadline for abstracts (400 – 500 words): September 6st. Please send your abstract as a pdf, rtf or word attachment to Mari Vuorisalo (mari.vuorisalo@jyu.fi).

Acceptance Notification: September 21st

Seminar Dates: November 16th - 17th

The Seminar is arranged by the LaNKa research cluster Children, Young People and their Growth Environments and the research project Ludification and Emergence of Playful Culture.

There is no participation fee!


More information: https://www.jyu.fi/edu/laitokset/lanka/lanka-tutkijafoorumi/ajan/call-for-papers-sharing-the-play-seminar-nov-16-17-2015

International Conference: Fictional Maps
21st -23rd January 2016

Mapping the imaginary has always been a challenge for world-building and storytelling alike. Map of the fictional world subverts the very essence of an actual cartography: it represents a territory that cannot be discovered or traversed in a non-fictional realm and yet it delivers much more than a usual map: a promise of the journey into unknown. An exquisitely quotable phrase coined by J. R. R. Tolkien, who claimed to “start writing with a map and [then] make the story fit” is only reprising what have always been evident to cartographers and creators of imaginary worlds: maps precede territories and are inevitably becoming the most essential part of modern and postmodern storyworlds. Ambrosius Holbein’s woodcut in the first edition of Thomas More’s Utopia, collectors editions map in video games, atlases of fictional universes, animated map routes in online reportages, or even interactive maps outlining the worlds of blockbuster TV shows—these are all indications of a significant shift in contemporary storytelling that looks for creating many and more access points to the fictional storyworld. Hence conference attendees will be asked to submit abstracts of presentations or posters' descriptions revolving around:

- fictional topography and geopotics;
- map theory & theorists;
- the dichotomy of a map and a territory;
- ways of mapping the imaginary;
- fictional cartography (maps, atlases, mini-maps, plans, charts, etc.);
- maps of secondary, imaginary, fictional, possible or impossible worlds;
- relationship between world-building and map-making;
- function of maps: between navigating and augmenting the world;
- navigating the actual and the imaginary: Tim Ingold’s trail-following and wayfaring;
- case studies in literature;
- case studies in video games;
- case studies in movies and TV shows;
- case studies in comic books, graphic novels and other media;
- case studies in transmedia storytelling and transmedial franchises;
- case studies in fictional worlds;

Confirmed keynote speaker:
STEFAN EKMAN (University of Gothenburg, Sweden), author of the book Here Be Dragons. Exploring Fantasy Maps & Settings. (Wesleyan UP 2013).

The conference language shall be English. 600-words abstracts of presentations or posters featuring (1) the title of presentation or poster, (2) a concise bio-note, (3) current affiliation, and (4) all necessary contact information should be submitted until October 30th 2015 at fictionalmaps@gmail.com. Notifications on both accepted and rejected submissions shall be sent no sooner than in two weeks from the deadline. Poster presentations will be displayed during the poster session and accompanied by a general discussion with the presenters.

The conference fee will be 150€ (125€ for students) for the full coverage of English editions of printed conference materials and all other essentials. Polish attendees will be kindly asked to transfer the equivalent of the fee in local currency (600 PLN, 400 PLN for students).

Any further details regarding the venue, accommodation and transportation will be continuously updated at the website www.fictionalmaps.org. Organisers are also open to answering all questions and requests at fictionalmaps@gmail.com.
The conference will be followed by a peer-reviewed monograph, published by Facta Ficta Research Centre and licenced under Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 as an ebook stored in a globally accessible repository (CeON Center for Open Science).

We look forward to seeing you in Katowice!

Krzysztof M. Maj
Ksenia Olkusz

On behalf of Organising Committee