ALIENS, COME HOME -
THE 13TH SEMINAR OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY RESEARCH IN FINLAND
Tampere, 19th and 20th July, 2012
The 13th Seminar of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Research in Finland
will take place in Tampere in connection with Finncon 2012, and for
this year's seminar we wish to invite papers on the general theme of
the alien. In speculative fiction the alien can be anything from a
comic element to a vision of horror, but it can also be approached in
an analytical fashion. Often the theme of a particular work will
coalesce in how it represents the odd, the alien and the strange. We
are looking forward to seeing papers exploring, for example, the
representation of ethnic conflicts in fantasy, or the symbolism of
alien beings in science fiction.
The research may be based on literature, movies,
TV-series and any
other cultural product in the wide field of science fiction and
fantasy. Various kinds of papers are welcome: essays, academic seminar
papers, parts of dissertations etc. The papers may be in either
Finnish or English.
The aim of the seminar is to promote Finnish
research on science fiction and fantasy and to enhance the
internationalization of the Finnish research network. Teachers of the
seminar are researcher Irma Hirsjärvi (Univ. of Jyväskylä), prof.
Frans Mäyrä (Univ. of Tampere), prof. Liisa Rantalaiho (Univ. of
Tampere), researcher Sofia Sjö (Åbo Akademi), researcher Merja
Leppälahti (Univ. of Turku), researcher Paula Arvas (Univ. of Helsinki).
The deadline for an abstract of 500 words is
27.4. 2012. It should be
sent by e-mail, preferably in Word- or RTF-format to the address
csmaso [at] uta.fi
of your paper and further info by 21.5. For the seminar we wish to
receive a presentation of 4-8 pages of your research. Dissertation
articles or post-graduate research papers should be in English if
possible. When the number of participants allows, papers will also be
accepted outside the theme.
Organizers: FINFAR - Finnish Network of Fantasy
Research and Finncon 2012
Coordinator: Markku Soikkeli (csmaso [at] uta.fi)