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

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.

Gary K. Wolfe, Mika Loponen

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
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Katja Kontturi
From Dream to Reality: Fantastic Narrative Methods in Don Rosa’s “The Dream of a Lifetime”
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Sanna Lehtonen
“Child of Light saved me from depression and suicide”: Discourses of Childhood in Reviews of a Fairy-Tale Video Game
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Elise Kraatila, Katja Kontturi, Mia Åkerfelt, Sanna Lehtonen

Reading: Anne Leinonen

Author Anne Leinonen takes turns with translator Juha Tupasela, reading from her short story Pienen rasian jumala. Juha Tupasela reads The Matchbox God — his translation of the same story.

Anne Leinonen

Attack of the Narrator Box! Surprising Ways How Disney Comics Comment Their Form

Disney comics tend to be conventional both in their form and content. But there are several postmodern ways how Disney artists create so-called meta-level commentaries in their comics: the appearance of the artist in the comic, characters commenting the form of comics, making means of comics visible for the characters. This presentation introduces the concept that includes all the features mentioned, called metalepsis, and also talks about other metaleptic means in Disney comics with examples from Don Rosa and several Italian artists.

Katja Kontturi

Reading: Emil Hjörvar Petersen

Saga eftirlifenda (e. After Ragnarök), a post-apocalyptic fantasy trilogy about the Norse gods that survived Ragnarök and their struggles, adventures, and voyages in a world they lost control of. Reading in English from the three books: Hödur & Baldur, Verge of Ruins, and Nidhögg.

Emil Hjörvar Petersen

Places and Their People

Chair: Jerry Määttä

Nicholas Wanberg
Concerning Races: Establishing Genre Conventions for the Portrayal of Intelligent Non-Humans in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Legendarium
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Billy O’Shea
The Journey North: The Significance of the Nordic Lands in English-Language Science Fiction and Fantasy
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Stefan Ekman
Read the Map, Know the World
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Billy O’Shea, Jerry Määttä, Nicholas Wanberg, Stefan Ekman

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
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Kaisa Kortekallio
The Adaptive Generation: Symbiotic Evolution and Communal Subjectivity in Greg Bear’s Darwin’s Children
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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
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Jari Käkelä, Juha Raipola, Kaisa Kortekallio, Olli Lönnberg

Minds and Bodies in Genre Texts

Chair: Caroline Bassett

Anders Sandberg
Neural Chernobyl or Eternal Sunshine? Cognitive Enhancement in Science Fiction, Transhumanism and Bioethics
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Cheryl Morgan
Hell Is Other People: Gender Issues and Reader Response in Neil Gaiman’s “A Game of You”
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Merja Polvinen
Metaphor and Cognition in Catherynne M. Valente’s “Silently and Very Fast”
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Anders Sandberg, Caroline Bassett, Cheryl Morgan, Merja Polvinen