The FINFAR Society Launches a SF / Fantasy Research Journal

ID-10050739Swecon is on this weekend and I am sadly not there. But they have announced something I totally love. I learned about it through Cheryl’s blog but the official announcement, which I am copying in its entirety at the end of this post, is on the site of Adam Roberts, whose work I discovered not through fandom but through my second and final thesis mentor, an awesome teacher who appreciated the genre very much, Ms. Iva Polak. (Not only does she teach a course entitled “Alternative Worlds in Contemporary British Fiction” her primary intesres is Australian literature and she spent time in Perth!)

Here is the announcement. (My brain has been toying with possible names all morning.)

The Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research is a refereed, interdisciplinary journal published by the FINFAR Society (Suomen science fiction- ja fantasiatutkimuksen seura ry.) from 2014 onwards.
The purpose of the journal is to introduce and develop research focusing on science fiction and fantasy literature, audiovisual art, games, and fan culture by providing an interdisciplinary perspective on current issues and debates within research into these genres.

The journal is published online in PDF-form. In addition to the peer-reviewed articles, the journal publishes essays, interviews, opinion pieces and academic book reviews. The main language of the journal is English, but articles will also be published in the Nordic languages. The journal’s website will also contain a special section on Nordic research, with information on publications, reviews and university theses on science fiction and fantasy.

The first Editors for the journal are:

Jyrki Korpua, University of Oulu (literary studies)
Hanna-Riikka Roine, University of Tampere (literary studies)
Päivi Väätänen, University of Helsinki (English)

The Current Advisory Board for NJSFFR consists of:
Merja Polvinen, University of Helsinki (English), Chair
Paula Arvas, University of Helsinki (Finnish literature)
Stefan Ekman, University of Gothenburg (English)
Irma Hirsjärvi, University of Tampere (cultural studies)
Urpo Kovala, University of Jyväskylä (cultural studies)
Sanna Lehtonen, Tilburg University (cultural studies)
Cheryl Morgan (publisher and critic)
Frans Mäyrä, University of Tampere (game studies)
Jerry Määttä, Uppsala University (literary studies)
Sari Polvinen, University of Helsinki, (critic, history)
Liisa Rantalaiho, University of Tampere (gender studies)
Adam Roberts, Royal Holloway, University of London (literary studies)
Sofia Sjö, Åbo Akademi University (religious studies, film studies)
Markku Soikkeli (non-fiction author, comparative literature)
For more information, please contact Mika Loponen at

The name contest
We refuse to call this journal only by its official name. It should be Bob. Or Susan. Or, preferably, something Nordic. Think of a name for the NJSFFR and win a life-time membership in the FINFAR Society and a supporting membership at Finncon 2014! Please send suggestions to by 30th November 2013.

The original is here.



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