Announcing the Academic Programme!

We are still putting finishing touches on the overall programme but we are ready and happy to announce our academic programme track for the convention!

For those wondering how to approach the academic programme we have put together a handy Field Guide to Academics.
And those more looking more info on the content of the academic programme, we have the brief summaries or academic abstracts of the presented papers.

For putting together the academic track our thanks go to Merja Polvinen and Stefan Ekman and to both Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research (FINFAR) and Finnish Federation of Learned Societies (TSV)

Archipelacon Academic Track
or, Finfar XVI: Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Seminar

Merja Polvinen (University of Helsinki)
Stefan Ekman (University of Gothenburg)

In cooperation with:
Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research (FINFAR)
Finnish Federation of Learned Societies (TSV)


Thursday, 25th June

SF & Fantasy Research Terminology – Guides, Glossaries, and Term banks

Chair: Mika Loponen

As with any academic field, SF & Fantasy research is full of terms
and terminology with multiple definitions at best. Academic term
glossaries and terminology guides are invaluable aides, but what
kinds of guides do we have, and how can we keep them updated? How can
we ensure that our terminology is easily accessed and usable by all
academics in our field? The panel will discuss the terminological
status of SF & Fantasy research.

After the panel, there will be a workshop on adding SF & Fantasy
terminology to the Bank of Finnish Terminology in Arts and Sciences
(Tieteen kansallinen termipankki / Vetenskapstermbanken). We aim to
discuss the synchronized collecting of terms in Finnish, Swedish, and
English to provide maximum usability for use in the research community.


Friday, 26th June

Poetics of Speculative Fiction

Chair: Merja Polvinen

Farah Mendlesohn
Experiment, Emergence and Development of the Science Fiction and Fantastical Short Story

Hanna-Riikka Roine
Beyond the Frames of the Mundane: Making Sense of Identity in Contemporary SF

Audrey Taylor
The Chronotope and Genre Fiction


Worlds and Fantasies in Comics and Games

Chair: Mia Åkerfelt

Elise Kraatila
A Fantastic Journey to Another Realities: Travelling Between Worlds as a Metaphor for Reading in The Unwritten Comic Series

Katja Kontturi
From Dream to Reality: Fantastic Narrative Methods in Don Rosa’s “The Dream of a Lifetime”

Sanna Lehtonen
“Child of Light saved me from depression and suicide”: Discourses of Childhood in Reviews of a Fairy-Tale Video Game


Future Visions

Chair: Katja Kontturi

Emil Hjörvar Petersen
A Hope for Healing: The Fantastic and the Mythic in the Post-Apocalyptic

Jari Käkelä
From Multivac to Galaxia: Themes of Guardianship in Asimov’s Future History

Aleksi Kauppila
Cynical Dystopia, Humanity and Utopia: Religion in The Year of the Flood


Building Time and Space

Chair: Sanna Lehtonen

Jerry Määttä
The Future in Ruins: The Uses of Derelict Buildings and Monuments in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction

Mia Åkerfelt
Encounters with the Unknown: Extra-Terrestial Architecture in Sci-Fi Movies 1902-2014


Saturday, 27th June

Technological Visions

Chair: Kaisa Kortekallio

Caroline Bassett
Speculative Fiction and the Late Digital

Esko Suoranta
Protean Humanity in William Gibson’s The Peripheral

Essi Vatilo
Bringing Order into Chaos: Artificial Intelligence and Social Criticism in Battlestar Galactica


Plenary talk by Gary K. Wolfe

Dialogues with the Impossible
Chair: Stefan Ekman


Places and Their People

Chair: Jerry Määttä

Billy O’Shea
The Journey North: The Significance of the Nordic Lands in English-Language Science Fiction and Fantasy

Stefan Ekman
Read the Map, Know the World

Nicholas Wanberg
Concerning Races: Establishing Genre Conventions for the Portrayal of Intelligent Non-Humans in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Legendarium


Identity and Agency in (Post-)Human Societies

Chair: Jari Käkelä

Juha Raipola
“You are not in a place; the place is in you”: Insects as Uncanny Agencies in Leena Krohn’s Tainaron

Kaisa Kortekallio
The Adaptive Generation: Symbiotic Evolution and Communal Subjectivity in Greg Bear’s Darwin’s Children

Olli Lönnberg
“ – – Nice round-up dog. Very affectionate. I keep his bark button switched off”: The Human and the Non-Human in The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson


Sunday, 28th June

SF Characters

Chair: Juha Raipola

Essi Varis
The Monster Analogy: Defining Fictional Characters across Media

Anna-Leena Harinen
The Adaptation of Characters in Game of Thrones: Tyrion and Jaime Lannister

Emilia Uusitalo
What Does a Name Do in Literature?


Minds and Bodies in Genre Texts

Chair: Caroline Bassett

Anders Sandberg
Neural Chernobyl or Eternal Sunshine? Cognitive Enhancement in Science Fiction, Transhumanism and Bioethics

Cheryl Morgan
Hell Is Other People: Gender Issues and Reader Response in Neil Gaiman’s “A Game of You”

Merja Polvinen
Metaphor and Cognition in Catherynne M. Valente’s “Silently and Very Fast”

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