Kerry Dodd is a final-year PhD researcher at Lancaster University, UK and Acting Head Editor for Fantastika Journal. His thesis, entitled “The Archaeological Weird: Excavating the Non-human,” examines the intersection between archaeology and Weird fiction. Focusing on the cultural production of the artefact encounter, his thesis focuses on 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 upcoming monograph, The Shape of Fantasy: Investigating the Structure of American Heroic Epic Fantasy, is expected out late 2019 or early 2020 with Routledge. Her next research project examines women and matriarchy in Fantasy.
Molly Cobb gained her PhD in 2016 from the University of Liverpool. She currently teaches at the same university on 19th through early 21st century American Literature and also contributes to the Science Fiction Studies MA. Her research focuses on how science fiction engages with psychology. Her current research project involves charting how changes in understandings of psychology have been depicted throughout 20th century science fiction. She is currently an Affiliate Member of the Olaf Stapledon Centre for Speculative Futures.
Beata Gubacsi is a final year PhD student at the University of Liverpool, UK working on her research project, Literature of Monstrosity: Posthumanism and the New Weird. She has been involved in Bluecoat Liverpool’s science fiction projects as part of her LiNK placement, and co-hosted workshops at the Being Human Festival, Tate Exchange and Nottingham New Art Exchange in 2015-16. She has been the co-ordinator of the Current Research in Speculative Fiction Conference since 2017. Most recently, she has started writing a column, "Medical Humanities 2.0", for The Polyphony, the blog of the Institute for Medical Humanities at Durham University.
Sinéad Murphy is a final year, part-time PhD candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Comparative Literature in King’s College London. Her research is an AHRC LAHP-funded project on contemporary Arabic speculative fiction in English. She also works in the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics. Her work has been published in Science Fiction Studies, Foundation, The Literary Encyclopedia, Strange Horizons, the Postcolonial Studies Association newsletter, and various online platforms including Arabic Literature in English. Her primary research interests include science and speculative fiction, Middle Eastern literature, postcolonial theory, and theories of world literature.
Sing Yun Lee is an artist and designer living in London, UK. She enjoys projects connected to SFF studies, and is the lead artist and designer for Fantastika Journal and the London Science Fiction Research Community. She was recently commissioned by the University of Glasgow to create the visual identity for the 2018 international Petrocultures conference, and by the SFPA (Science Fiction Poetry Association) to design the cover for their 40th Anniversary Anthology.
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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