Hanna-Riikka Roine. Kuva: Veikko Somerpuro

Hanna-Riikka Roine

narratology, digital media, speculative fiction, worldbuilding, rhetoric, fandom

Hanna-Riikka Roine is a researcher interested in all things speculative in art and entertainment. She works as a research fellow in the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies 2017–2020, and also as a researcher within the iNARR consortium and its Helsinki team (lead by Merja Polvinen), which works towards a theoretical frame for how speculative techniques push against the limits of narrativity. Her expertise lies in the thorough understanding of contemporary narrative theory, game and digital media studies, and the many forms of communality in the contemporary culture. Hanna-Riikka’s dissertation, which she defended in 2016 at the University of Tampere, demonstrated that as a rhetorical and communicative practice, worldbuilding accounts for the specific appeal of speculative fiction across media, but also for the aspects of engagement with fiction in general. She also worked as one of the founding editors-in-chief of Fafnir – Nordic Journal for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research until the end of 2016, and taught courses from fantasy and science fiction to narratology and digital media.


PhD 2016 (University of Tampere, literary studies; dissertation Imaginative, Immersive and Interactive Engagements. The Rhetoric of Worldbuilding in Contemporary Speculative Fiction)

Licenciate 2013 (UTA, literary studies)

MA 2010 (UTA, literary studies)

Current affiliations

research fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (1.9.2017–31.8.2020)

researcher, Instrumental Narratives – The Limits of Storytelling and New Story-Critical Narrative Theory -consortium (iNARR, 2018–2022)

Selected publications

(2018) “Johanna Sinisalo and the Weird Combination of Genres, Myths, and Folklore.” With Hanna Samola. In Lingua Cosmica: Essays on International Science Fiction. Ed. Dale Knickerbocker. Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 183–200.

(2016) Imaginative, Immersive and Interactive Engagements. The Rhetoric of Worldbuilding in Contemporary Speculative Fiction. PhD dissertation. Acta Electronica Universitatis Tamperensis 1695. Tampere University Press. Available at https://tampub.uta.fi/handle/10024/99583.

(2016) “How You Emerge from This Game is up to you. Agency, Positioning and Narrativity in The Mass Effect Trilogy”. In Narrative Theory, Literature, and New Media: Narrative Minds and Virtual Worlds. Ed. Mari Hatavara, Matti Hyvärinen, Maria Mäkelä & Frans Mäyrä. London: Routledge, 67–86.

(2016) “Maailmojenrakentaminen kuvittelun muotona tieteisfiktiossa.” Niin & Näin 4 (2016), 89–98. Available at http://netn.fi/artikkeli/maailmanrakentaminen-kuvittelun-muotona-tieteisfiktiossa.

(2014) “What is it that Fanfiction Opposes? The Shared and Communal Features of Firefly/Serenity Fanfiction”. Fafnir – Nordic Journal for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research 1 (2014), 31 – 45. Available at http://journal.finfar.org/articles/what-is-it-that-fanfiction-opposes-the-shared-and-communal-features-of-fireflyserenity-fanfiction.

(2014) “From a World Written by One to the Worlds Visualised by Many. The Challenges of Fantastic Imagery in A Game of Thrones”. Word and Image: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches. Toim. Mikko Höglund et al. Tampere: Tampere University Press, 37–51. Available at https://tampub.uta.fi/handle/10024/96473.

(2012) “Mahdollistavat maailmat: näkökulmia China Miévillen Embassytown-romaanin outouteen”. Kirjallisuudentutkimuksen aikakauslehti Avain 4 (2012), 21–36.

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