Kerry Dodd completed his PhD at Lancaster University, UK. 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. He is currently working on a monograph that explores the representation of materiality and objects in archaeological fiction. Kerry also works more widely in the fields of: Science Fiction (particularly Cosmic Horror and Cyberpunk), the Gothic, and glitch aesthetics.
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.
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. Her first monograph, The Shape of Fantasy: Investigating the Structure of American Heroic Epic Fantasy (Routledge, 2020) investigates the narrative structures of Epic Fantasy, incorporating ideas from science, philosophy, and literary theory. Her next research project, Mothers, Maternities, and
Matriarchs takes an intersectional approaching to examining systems of power and oppression in American Fantasy. Visit doc-fantasy.com for details.
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.
Current Board of Advisers (in alphabetical order)
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