The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Finfar arranges academic programme both before and during Finncon 2018. The Fantastic Paper Workshop on July 13 is a closed feedback session for students and researchers. The Academic track during the weekend is open for everyone.
Fantastic Paper Workshop July 13 2018:
The Finfar-seminar ‒ Fantastic Paper Workshop is a closed feedback session for written research papers. You are welcome to participate, whatever your level of study or scholarly experience is. In the previous fourteen years, we have had participants in e.g. Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD, and Post Doc level. Whatever is closest to your current level, we have a lively discussion in store for you! Finfar-seminar also suits perfectly as your first research seminar outside your Alma mater.
The papers are read by all participants beforehand, and the workshop is dedicated to discussion. Each individual paper will receive 30 minutes of time and will have two professional scholars on science fiction and fantasy acting as vanguard commentators. After our vanguard commentators, the discussion on each paper will be opened. 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.
Papers delivered in the Fantastic Paper Workshop will have a later opportunity to be submitted as an article manuscript to Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research. More information on the subject will be given during the seminar.
If you have any further questions about the workshop, please contact Jyrki Korpua (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Academic track July 14 & 15 (Auditoria, Quantum)
Saturday July 14
Opening Words: Jyrki Korpua, Academic Track Organiser
Merja Polvinen, Keynote Speech: Weirdness and Rigour: Encounters between SF and the Academia
|13.30–15||1st Session: Fantastic Encounters, part I (Chair: Aino-Kaisa Koistinen)
Minttu Ollikainen: Real and Dream – Encounters in the Novels of the Reaalifantasia Group
Minna Siikilä-Laitila: Internet as a Fantasy Reader’s Rendezvous
Marjut Puhakka: Meeting the Human 2.0
|15.30–17||2nd Session: Fantastic Encounters, Part II (Chair: Sofia Sjö)
Jyrki Korpua: ‘A chance-meeting, as we say in Middle-earth.’ Encounters in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Legendarium
Katariina Kärkelä: Riddles in the Dark. Encounter as a turning-point in understanding
Nicholas Wanberg: Encountering Fantasy ‘Races’: When an Elf is (and isn’t) just an Elf
Sunday July 15
|11–12.30||3rd Session: Encountering the Other (Chair: Jani Ylönen)
Hanna Määttänen & Jenniliisa Salminen: What Would You Do If… Audiences’ reactions to Gogol’s Viy in 19th and 21st Centuries
Esko Suoranta: Lovecraft’s Poison Tree in Elizabeth Bear’s Shoggoths in Bloom
Aino-Kaisa Koistinen & Helen Mäntymäki: On the Boundaries between Genres and Species: The Affective Economy of Fortitude
|14–15.30||4th Session: Dystopias and Science Fiction (Chair: Kaisa Kortekallio)
Aleksi Nikula: Building a society on play and games in Zoku culture
Kaisa Kaukiainen: In search of the divine – Octavia E. Butler’s Parables and Lois Lowry’s the Giver quartet
Jani Ylönen: Encounters by Domestic Tables – Encounters, Furniture, and Gene Technology in Ian McDonald’s River of Gods and Ken MacLeod’s Intrusion.
If you have any questions about the Finncon 2018 or the Academic Track, do not hesitate to contact Jyrki Korpua (jyrki.korpua(at)oulu.fi).