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Utopias and young adult literature - Researching the fantastic

The 9th Seminar of the Finnish Fantastic Researchers, Tampere, Finland

Finnish Institute for Children’s Literature at Tampere
Thursday 24th and Friday 25th July, 2008

The 9th Seminar of the Finnish Fantastic Researchers will take place in Tampere, Finland, in connection with the FINNCON 2008. We wish to invite papers on the general theme of utopias and on young adult literature of the fantastic, which is one of the Finncon08 themes. “Utopias” may include dystopias and ecotopias, and 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 multidisciplinary research on science fiction and fantasy and to enhance the internationalization of the Finnish research network. Teachers of the seminar are researcher Farah Mendlesohn (Middlesex University, London), prof. Matti Savolainen (University of Tampere), prof. Liisa Rantalaiho (University of Tampere), prof. Frans Mäyrä (University of Tampere), researcher Markku Soikkeli (University of Tampere) and researcher Irma Hirsjärvi (University of Jyväskylä)

The deadline for an abstract of 500 words is 15.5. 2007. It should be sent by e-mail, preferably in Word- or RTF-format to the address You will receive a message about the acceptance of your paper and further info by 1.6. 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.

The best papers have the opportunity of getting published as revised articles in the PORTTI magazine. The Finnish Science Fiction Writers Association’s fanzine KOSMOSKYNÄ also welcomes articles.

Organizers: FINFAR – Finnish Network of Fantasy Research, Finnish Institute for Children’s Literature and Finncon08

Coordinator: Markku Soikkeli ( OR