Copyright 2019 - Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts announces its 14th annual Jamie Bishop Memorial Award for a critical essay on the fantastic originally written in a language other than English.

 The IAFA defines the fantastic to include science fiction, folklore, and related genres in literature, drama, film, art and graphic design, and related disciplines. For more information regarding the Bishop Award and a list of past winners, see .

Weiterlesen: 2020 Jamie Bishop Memorial Award



Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, 26.-28. März 2020


Horror – Medien – Räume

Obwohl mediale Phänomene des Horrors kulturell heutzutage vielleicht so en vogue sind wie noch nie – man denke nur an die zahlreichen Kinofilme, Computerspiele und neuerdings auch TV-Serien der letzten Jahre –, werden sie in der akademischen Forschung nach wie vor stiefmütterlich behandelt. Wenn überhaupt, stellen sich dort vorrangig Fragen nach den Inszenierungen von Gewalt, Genredefinitionen und Subkategorien, Wirkungsaspekten und sehr spezifischen Motiven und Figuren wie dem Vampir, dem Zombie etc. Die Tagung nimmt hingegen eine breitere, medienkulturwissenschaftlich ausgerichtete Perspektive ein und widmet sich den wechselseitigen Einflussnahmen und Interferenzen von Medien, Horror und Räumlichkeit – denn medialer Horror lässt sich als dezidiert räumliches Phänomen begreifen, und zwar auf verschiedenen Ebenen.

Weiterlesen: Horror – Medien – Räume

an interdisciplinary journal dedicated to challenging gender in science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, surrealism, myth, folklore, and other supernatural genres

Weiterlesen: Femspec

Since James Blish published his novelizations of Star Trek episodes (Bantam, 1967sq), over 840 tie-in novels, anthologies, novelizations, and omnibus editions have made their way to fans eager to follow the continuing adventures of their favourite Starfleet officers and aliens. Though none are to be considered canon, Star Trek tie-in books have supplemented the franchise, providing more stories starring favourite and original characters, furthering plotlines and helping to tide fans over in the years between series and movies. Their authors too have sought out new life and new civilizations.

Weiterlesen: Strange Novel Worlds? Star Trek Novels and Fiction Collections in Popular Culture

1st-2nd February 2020 – Lancaster University

This conference was born following a discussion between Luke (Lancaster University) and Jess (University of Liverpool) the night before Sheffield’s Reimagining the Gothic 2019 conference where they were together presenting on a group panel on The Good Place (2016) – a tentative plan for another group panel the next year quickly evolved into something else entirely, a whole conference on Netflix and the Gothic.

Weiterlesen: Gothflix, A Conference

Edited by Justin Wigard and Mitch Ploskonka

This collection’s goal is to devote critical attention to an understudied avenue of popular culture: Sci-Fi/SyFy Channel’s original films. Since 2002, Sci-Fi/SyFy Channel’s production company, Sci-Fi Pictures, has created over 200 original films, spawning such franchises as the Sharknado and Lavalantua series alongside cult/fan favorites like Ghost Shark, Ice Spiders, and Mongolian Death Worm. Sharknado’s release in 2013 saw unprecedented popularity for one of SyFy’s creature feature films, correlating to a meteoric rise in popularity of not just the recently-minted Sharknado franchise, but SyFy’s feature films as a whole. 

Weiterlesen: Interdisciplinary Interrogations of the SyFy Original Films

Conference, University of Southern Denmark, May 28–29, 2020

Venue: University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark Proposal Deadline: December 10, 2019


Weiterlesen: Utopia & Dystopia

Horror films have long held a place in cinematic history as an expression of the monstrous, the un-nameable, and the unknown. They are a powerful point of catharsis in which viewers see their deepest fears played out onscreen, whether the threat is fully embodied or less concretely defined. As a result, grief and loss have always figured heavily in this genre.

This collection addresses horror films’ treatment of loss, specifically grief and how grief shapes, magnifies, and escalates the horrific. Selected films should be from the last twenty years. This contemporary approach will lend the collection a sense of urgency. Moreover, in addition to conventional horror films, we highly support explorations of less frequently examined films that contain a high degree of complexity in content and aesthetics. A24 films are the perfect example of this. Additionally, examinations of genre-defying films such as Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer and David Lowery’s A Ghost Story are especially encouraged.

Weiterlesen: Screening Loss: An Exploration of Grief in Contemporary Horror Cinema

Organised by Alex Gushurst-Moore, Mariam Hale, and Jun Qiang (PhD Students at the University of York)
As part of the York Fantasy Discussion Group

To be held in York 12th-13th March 2020

Weiterlesen: Threshold, Boundary, and Crossover in Fantasy