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
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