Update: Promises of Monsters special issue

Dear monsters,

We have now responded to all who’ve sent in abstracts for the Promises of Monsters special conference issue of Somatechnics Journal. If you’ve submitted an abstract but haven’t heard from us, our response may have been swallowed by the web-void. In that case, feel free to contact us at promisesofmonsters at gmail dot com and we’ll get right back to you.

We are grateful for all the amazing submissions we received and sad that we had to reject so many for no better reason that not having space for them.

We will get back to you all with updates as the issue gets ready to face the world, fully fledged and fanged!

Best wishes,

The Monster Network





Update: Promises of Monsters conference publication

We’ve been overwhelmed – in the best possible sense! – by all the abstracts we received for the Promises of Monsters conference publication. We did not anticipate the vast interest the issue generated, and we’re incredibly grateful for all the submissions. We’re also certain that this’ll make a fantastic issue – or two, as we’re currently looking into the possibility of one more publication, considering all the great submissions.

We’ve now responded to everybody who’s sent us abstracts. If you haven’t heard from us by, please don’t hesitate to contact us at promisesofmonsters at gmail dot com. Something might have been lost in the web-void.

Horrifically happy holidays, monsters!

/The Monster Network

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Invitation: conversation piece

At the Why Monster Studies Now? symposium, artist Liv Bugge presented some of her exciting art projects. Now she invites you, the people of The Monster Network, to participate in a conversation piece on the subjects of telepathy, time, materiality and the environment.



Tuesday 19th of December, at 6 pm

Oslo (Place to be announced)


People from the Monster Network are hereby invited to take part in a group conversation with an object and historical entity, a couple of million years old. I am hosting a session, or exercise, where the task is to communicate through material and time, using telepathy as a technique learned from the school of animal communication. The session involves a group meditation, to allow images, sensations and feelings to flow in our bodies in the meeting with the object in conversation, followed by a group discussion. The exercise comes from an interest in the image production of awake and sleeping dreams, meditations and telepathic communication. In a playful way we focus on reading in a broad sense, as well as the collectivity and temporalities of the subconscious, on both a singular and collective level. The session is an exercise in nonlinear ways of relating to historical existences and concepts of time, as well as using the whole body as a image producing apparatus. This conversation is part of a larger artistic research project questioning the normative beliefs concerning our relationship to the environment, by exploring ways in which we use the concepts and narrations of nature to constitute and consolidate our own history writing as well as our governance of resources and bodies.

The conversation will be documented with an audio recording, which will be transcribed and may be used in production of artworks. Information about this development will be given to the participants. The conversation will be in English if any non-Scandinavian speaking people are present.

The session is open for a maximum of 15 people. The participants will receive the sum of 300 NOK each that will cover transporation etc.

Please email to LivBugg@khio.no before December 12th if you would like to participate, with the subject line “conversation piece December”.

Liv Bugge

Research fellow

Academy of Fine Art, Oslo

 In Norwegian:


19. desember klokken 18:00

Oslo (info om sted følger)


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Monsters, politics, resistance. A Monster Network update

During the Why Monster Studies Now? symposium in Oslo in October, the steering committee of The Monster Network met and discussed our plans for the future. In the midst of Brexit, the refugee crisis, the financial crisis, the war on terror, the rising nationalism across countries, the war in Syria, the attack on women’s right to abortion in Poland and many more terrible things that are currently going on around the globe, we decided that our future projects should somehow engage with the subject of politics, monsters and resistance. After the American presidential election, this decision stands stronger than ever.

As a network, we want to explore and implement the kind of ethical work and resistance monster theory has to offer, and we want to do so as collectively as possible. We therefore hope to be able to get back to you all with more information shortly and invite you to some exciting, subversive things indeed.

/The Monster Network






Monsters & Kitchen Tables – a ‘Why Monsters’ recap

Thank you to all, who attended the Halloween symposium ‘Why Monster Studies Now?’! For those who missed it (for shame!), this is what happened:


First we had a round -table discussion with the founding members of The Monster Network – Ingvil Hellstrand, Aino-Kaisa Koistinen, Sara Orning, Donna McCormack, Line Henriksen – on the subject of ‘what is monster studies and why do (we) It’. The night before the presentation, we’d gathered around Sara’s kitchen table and discussed how we’d like to do this round-table. We ended up deciding on a fairly informal approach, in which we’d structure the one hour around a series of keywords rather than presentations on individual research projects. The keywords were:

  • Monster
  • Politics
  • Methodology
  • Ethics
  • Hauntings/imaginaries

In the spirit of the kitchen table, we wanted the discussion to be nourishing, collective and untraditional within an academic context (“we are academics, dammit!” is a quote from our meeting minutes from the previous evening. We might have opened the wine at this point, but we’re honestly not sure). The aim was to try to rethink the frames for how one can think and imagine for example ethics, politics and methodologies through the haunting imaginaries of the monster. Continue reading

After the Promises of Monsters deadline

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Thank you to all, who sent in abstracts for the Promises of Monsters publication! We’re quite overwhelmed (in the best possible way!) with and grateful for the interest in the publication, and from the look of the abstracts we’ve received so far, this will be a fantastic special issue of Somatechnics!

We aim to get back to you with our decisions in November.

We have now replied to all who have sent us abstracts. If you have not heard from us, your submission might have been swallowed by the web-void. In that case, please contact us at promisesofmonsters at gmail dot com.

Halloween greetings,

The Monster Network



Interview: Candle Cove, creepypasta and Channel Zero

On the 11th of October, Syfy’s creepypasta-inspired TV-series Channel Zero premieres. Atlas Obscura has interviewed Line Henriksen, one of the founding members of the Monster Network, about the creepypasta story Candle Cove that inspired the TV-series. You can read the article here.



‘Why Monster Studies Now?’ – Symposium programme

Monday 31 October 12:15-15:00 PM in collaboration with Centre for Gender Research (CGR), University of Oslo



12:15 – 12:20: Welcome
12:20 – 13:20: What is Monster Studies and why (do we) do it? Presentations and discussion by the Monster Network
13:20 – 13:45: Break
13:45 – 14:15: Presentation by artist Liv Bugge
14:15 – 15:00: Why Monster Studies now? Roundtable discussion with the Monster Network and Erika Kvistad

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Ask the Editors! (About the conference publication ‘Promises of Monsters’)

The abstract deadline for the conference publication ‘Promises of Monsters’ is closing in, and some of the editors have rallied together to shamelessly steal a bunch of questions (and sometimes even answers) that they can ask themselves in order to shed some light on the upcoming issue. If you have questions that are not answered here, you’re always welcome to contact us at promisesofmonsters at gmail dot com, and if you’d like to read the full call for abstracts, you can find it here.

Before moving on to the actual questions, we’d like to stress that even though this is an issue based on the conference Promises of Monsters, which took place in Stavanger in April, this issue is open to all submissions, also from scholars and artists who didn’t participate in the conference.

The abstract deadline is the 17th of October.

And now to the stolen Q&A!

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Ask the Editors!


Why monster studies?

Donna McCormack: Monster studies opens up the possibility of exploring a whole array of themes, topic, theories, representations, art, histories and more. It crosses disciplines; it’s serious, funny and scary; and it is deeply theoretical, ethical and political. It is the monster’s capacity to address what is often ignored or just in the sidelines, or at the centre of our thoughts as the most hated, despicable or enticing of beings that I find appealing. It seeks to grapple with how formations of exclusion, violence and surveillance work, and therefore pays attention to embodiment as central to our being in the world with others.

Why does the issue invite both art and academic contributions?
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