Kerry Dodd completed his PhD at Lancaster University, UK, and is currently an Associate Lecturer at the same institution as well as Acting Head Editor for Fantastika Journal. His thesis, entitled “The Archaeological Weird: Excavating the Non-human,” examined the intersection between archaeology and Weird fiction. Focusing on the cultural production of the artefact encounter, his thesis explored how archaeological framings can offer a re-conceptualisation of object ontology through the Weird. Kerry also works more widely in the fields of: Science Fiction (particularly Cosmic Horror and Cyberpunk), the Gothic, and glitch aesthetics.
Rebecca Duncan gained her DAAD-funded PhD in 2015 from Justus-Liebig University, Gießen, and currently teaches in the Division of Literature and Languages at the University of Stirling, UK where she is affiliated to the International Centre for Gothic Studies. She has research interests in postcolonial literary and visual cultures, with emphases on Southern Africa, speculative genres, and materialist and ecocritical perspectives. Her monograph South African Gothic: Anxiety and Creative Dissent in the Post-Apartheid Imagination and Beyond was released in June 2018.
Matthew J. Elder is a final-year PhD candidate and tutor at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. His research interests include contemporary fantasy literature, magic, and identity construction. Sacrifice in long-form contemporary fantasy is the subject of his doctoral research. He finds hope in the notion that exploring impossible worlds might help make our own world better.
Chris Hussey is a final year, part-time PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, UK, exploring real and literary place in Children's Literature. His research interests focus on aspects of space, place, and identity, in both realist and fantastic texts, and particularly within the writing of China Miéville. Such interests extend to examining works of military Science Fiction, narratives involving Alternative Histories and timelines, Magical Realism texts, and more broadly the genre of Horror.
Charul (Chuckie) Palmer-Patel started organising the Fantastika conferences in 2013 at Lancaster University, UK, where she completed her PhD in 2017. She expanded the conference to journal form in 2016 in the hopes of maintaining and expanding the Fantastika community after moving back to Canada. The conference is currently continued on by the editing staff of Fantastika. Palmer-Patel's research focuses on Epic Fantasy. Her first monograph, The Shape of Fantasy: Investigating the Structure of American Heroic Epic Fantasy, was published by Routledge in November 2019. Her next research project examines women and matriarchy in Fantasy.
Molly Cobb gained her PhD in 2016 from the University of Liverpool, UK, where she has taught on Science Fiction and nineteenth through early twenty-first century American Literature, and where she is currently curating a course on cultural representations of AI. Her research focuses on representations of psychology and identity in science fiction and in mid-twentieth century American fiction more generally. Her book on psychology and identity in the works of Alfred Bester is forthcoming with Routledge in 2021. She is currently an Affiliate Member of the Olaf Stapledon Centre for Speculative Futures.
Sinéad Murphy is a postdoctoral research fellow at Freie Universität Berlin, as part of the Temporal Communities project; she also works at the Middle East Centre in the London School of Economics. She completed her AHRC London Arts and Humanities Partnership-funded PhD in Comparative Literature in 2019 in King's College London, where she also worked as a Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature for 2019/20. She is an assistant editor at Fantastika Journal, and a member of the interdisciplinary UK-based research collective Beyond Gender. Her work has been published in Science Fiction Studies, Strange Horizons, The Literary Encyclopedia, and the Postcolonial Studies Association Newsletter. Her primary areas of research are modern and contemporary Middle Eastern literature, speculative fiction, theories of world literature, and postcolonial theory.
Samuel Valentine is a Web Designer, Graphic Designer, and Typesetter based in the North of England. Projects include design for Manchester Metropolitan University, Lancaster University, numerous North West businesses and personal projects within the game design and tabletop RPG fields. Contact Sam on Twitter @samjvalentine.
Marita Arvaniti is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow. Her doctoral research focuses on the relationship between theatre and the fantastic and explores the role played by drama and performance in the birth and evolution of contemporary fantasy. Other research interests include the self-referential nature of fantasy, folk horror, and non-anglophone fantasy from across the world.
Current Board of Advisers (in alphabetical order)
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