Ask the Editors! (about the special issue:’Monstrous Encounters: Nordic Perspectives on Monsters and the Monstrous’)

Are you considering submitting an abstract for the upcoming special issue of Women, Gender & Research on the subject of Monstrous Encounters: Nordic Perspectives on Monsters and the Monstrous? Would you like to know more about what the editors are looking for, and how they imagine the special issue to turn out? Are you concerned that they might secretly be lizard people?

The editors of the special issue have asked themselves some important, existential questions in order to dispel your worries and make you want to join the dark side. Read on as they grapple with the important philosophical questions of our time, such as: Why monsters? Why now? And which one is the coolest?

Have no idea what we’re talking about but would like to learn more? Read the call for articles here.

Ask the Editors

 Erika Kvistad:

Why monster studies?

I’ve always thought that the most interesting parts of any subject are its unsettling edges: the things we catch sight of out of the corner of our eye; the things we prefer not to think about; the things that, if we could really see them clearly, might change everything. Monster studies is a way of exploring those edges. But it can also be a way of working differently — a way to actually acknowledge and use the sticky weirdness (obsession? delight? uncertainty? terror?) that’s always present in academic work, rather than trying to sweep it under the carpet. Which makes it both fun and scary. Continue reading

Call for Articles: Promises of Monsters Conference Publication – Important update

We are proud to announce that Somatechnics – an Edinburgh University Press journal – has agreed to publish the special conference issue of Promises of Monsters.

Somatechnics publishes creative and exciting new research on issues concerning bodies and technology. The monsters that may arise in the interconnections between technology and embodiment will therefore be the entry-point for the Promises of Monsters special issue. However, the definitions of both technology and embodiment are broad, and we invite contributors to engage creatively and critically with both concepts.

Not sure if your submission fits the theme? Or do you have other questions regarding the special issue? Please do not hesitate to contact us at promisesofmonsters [at] gmail [dot] com.

The special issue will be published in 2019, which means that we have pushed the deadlines a bit. The new deadline for abstracts is 17th of October 2016 and the deadline for articles is 1st of June 2017.

For a pdf-version of the call for articles, click Promises of Monsters and Somatechnics_CALL FOR ARTICLES



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Monsters are back, or perhaps they never went away. They haunt popular culture and social media. They lurk as images of dread and terror in politics, and figures of thought within academia. As shadows of the past they reappear as the potential biotechnological realities of today. They roam the in-between, making borders and boundaries tremble and shatter; whether these be borders of nation states or bodies, or categories of race, gender, sexuality, ability, class, self and other. In this sense, the monster embodies a promise of disturbances and change, as Donna Haraway argued in her 1992 text “The Promises of Monsters”.

Haraway’s text heralds the 1990s rapid increase in academic engagement with figures of ghosts and monsters, the spectral and the monstrous, encompassing publications such as Derrida’s Spectres of Marx (1994) and Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s anthology Monster Theory (1996). Now, on the other side of the millennium-threshold, the popularity of monsters has flared up again, inspiring publications such as for example Ashgate’s Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous (Mittman and Dendle 2012). 20 years after Haraway’s essay, “The Promise of Monsters” (2012) is evoked yet again, this time by Cohen, to point to the strange temporalities and disturbing messages of the figure of the monster as it haunts the margins of reality and human subjecthood. Messages that may well be promises, but of what? Continue reading

The Monster Network newsletter # 1

Summer is slowly coming to an end, and the creatures that live in the cold and the dark are stirring. This of course includes The Monster Network and the Promises of Monsters website!

We’ve been scheming and would like to let you in on some of our plans, so below you’ll find our very first newsletter – or you can download Newsletter #1 2016 The Monster Network as a pdf. If you’d like this newsletter send directly to your inbox, let us know by contacting us at promisesofmonsters [at] gmail [dot] com.

A correction: when we first sent out the newsletter, we stated that the deadline for abstracts for the special issue ‘Monstrous Encounters: Nordic Perspectives on Monsters and the Monstrous‘ was the 31st of September. The correct date is the 1st of September 2016.

Ghastly greetings,

The Monster Network


The Monster Network Newsletter #1 2016

Dear Monster friends,
Welcome to The Monster Network and our first newsletter! We might have been a tad quiet since the conference, but we have not been hibernating, not at all: We have been cultivating, gathering and weaving more monstrousness!
 If you haven’t done so already, take a look at our reanimated website. This is now the official site of The Monster Network, so hold on tight and join the ride!

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