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NJSFFR launches: new academic journal of SF/F studies

By Adam Roberts | October 18, 2013
Categories: Lit Crit

[This is very exciting. The I-daresay-its-pronounceable-if-you're-Finnish journal NJSFFR is to launch at this year's Swecon, with the first issue coming next year. And, actually, themselves thinking 'The Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research' may not be quite pithy enough, the editors are running a competition for a snappier name. Below is the press release. You'll see that I'm on the advisory board for the new journal, but don't let that put you off submitting your excellent SFF research.]

The FINFAR Society Launches a SF / Fantasy Research Journal
The Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research is a refereed, interdisciplinary journal published by the FINFAR Society (Suomen science fiction- ja fantasiatutkimuksen seura ry.) from 2014 onwards.
The purpose of the journal is to introduce and develop research focusing on science fiction and fantasy literature, audiovisual art, games, and fan culture by providing an interdisciplinary perspective on current issues and debates within research into these genres.

The journal is published online in PDF-form. In addition to the peer-reviewed articles, the journal publishes essays, interviews, opinion pieces and academic book reviews. The main language of the journal is English, but articles will also be published in the Nordic languages. The journal’s website will also contain a special section on Nordic research, with information on publications, reviews and university theses on science fiction and fantasy.
The first Editors for the journal are:

Jyrki Korpua, University of Oulu (literary studies)
Hanna-Riikka Roine, University of Tampere (literary studies)
Päivi Väätänen, University of Helsinki (English)

The Current Advisory Board for NJSFFR consists of:
Merja Polvinen, University of Helsinki (English), Chair
Paula Arvas, University of Helsinki (Finnish literature)
Stefan Ekman, University of Gothenburg (English)
Irma Hirsjärvi, University of Tampere (cultural studies)
Urpo Kovala, University of Jyväskylä (cultural studies)
Sanna Lehtonen, Tilburg University (cultural studies)
Cheryl Morgan (publisher and critic)
Frans Mäyrä, University of Tampere (game studies)
Jerry Määttä, Uppsala University (literary studies)
Sari Polvinen, University of Helsinki, (critic, history)
Liisa Rantalaiho, University of Tampere (gender studies)
Adam Roberts, Royal Holloway, University of London (literary studies)
Sofia Sjö, Åbo Akademi University (religious studies, film studies)
Markku Soikkeli (non-fiction author, comparative literature)
For more information, please contact Mika Loponen at

The name contest
We refuse to call this journal only by its official name. It should be Bob. Or Susan. Or, preferably, something Nordic. Think of a name for the NJSFFR and win a life-time membership in the FINFAR Society and a supporting membership at Finncon 2014! Please send suggestions to by 30th November 2013.

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3 Responses to “NJSFFR launches: new academic journal of SF/F studies”

  1. A Nordic Academic Journal | Cheryl's Mewsings Says:
    October 18th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    [...] conference that takes place prior to each year’s Finncon. However, if you look at the press release you’ll see two non-Nordic names on the advisory board. One is Adam Roberts, on whose website [...]

  2. The FINFAR Society’s SF&Fantasy Research Journal (Finland) – Europa SF – The European Science Fiction portal Says:
    October 23rd, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    [...] in PDF format in English: [...]

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    December 18th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    [...] Science Fiction and Fantasy Research (or, NJSFFR for ‟short”) made an exception this fall. The news of the its founding, and that of the FINFAR Society of scifi and fantasy scholars, was circulated [...]