PI & Leader, CoFUTURES
IKOS, University of Oslo
Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay is Associate Professor in Global Culture Studies at the University of Oslo. He is the Principle Investigator (Project Leader) of CoFUTURES: Pathways to Possible Presents (ERC) and Science Fictionality (NFR).Website
Tone Charlotte Gadmar
Science Library, University of Oslo
Tone Gadmar is a senior academic librarian at The Science Library, University of Oslo, Norway where she is the subject librarian for Chemistry, teaches Scientific Communication and Writing, and helps curate the SF-collection of the library. Her background is a Dr.Scient. in Enviromental Chemistry.
Kyrre Traavik Låberg
Science Library, University of Oslo
IKOS, University of Oslo
Ursula Münster is associate professor of environmental humanities and the director of the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities (OSEH), UiO. Her research interests lie at the intersection of multispecies studies, political ecology and feminist science and technology studies. She is currently working on the publication of her second monograph with the working title: "Encountering Wildlife: Conflicts, Care and Conviviality in a South India forest". As part of the OSEH Collaboratory "Anthropogenic Soils" she is developing a research project on soil recuperation in the Anthropocene.
Bergsveinn Þórsson is a postdoctoral felllow in Science Fictionality at the University of Oslo. He holds a doctoral degree in museology from the same university where he examined how museums assemble anthropocenes in diverse ways through multiple practices, expertise, objects and exhibitions. His background is both in museum studies and practice, with working experience from the museum field in Iceland. His research interests are on the intersection of environmental humanities and museology, specifically the emergence of climate change, anthropocene and sustainability in the cultural field, museums and heritage. Currently, he is working on speculation and diversifying future imaginaries, its impact and potentials promoting positive and sustainable futures.
Patrick Brock is a CoFUTURES PhD fellow at the University of Oslo, looking into futurism in Latin America. In particular, he is exploring the Afrofuturism movement in Brazil and its implications for cultural production and regeneration, racial identity, and resistance to authoritarianism. He holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) and a master's degree in English Literature from the City College of the City University of New York (CUNY). His master's thesis delved into militarism and American science fiction, pinpointing cultural changes between the Lost Generation of writers in the 1920s and the Vietnam War era. In parallel to his academic work, he has had a career as a reporter, journalistic translator, and editor that included covering the Brazilian-led UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, Germany's 2005 parliamentary elections, the 2008 global financial crisis, and three different Brazilian presidents at the UN General Assembly in New York. He has work for such outlets as A Tarde, The Wall Street Journal, and Valor Econômico.
Regina Kanyu Wang
Regina Kanyu Wang is a PhD fellow of the CoFUTURES project at the University of Oslo. Her research interest lies in Chinese science fiction, especially from the gender and environmental perspective. She holds a bachelor degree in business administration and a MFA in creative writing, both from Fudan University. She is also an awarded writer who writes both science fiction and non-fiction. Her stories can be found in Harvest, Shanghai Literature, Flower City, Galaxy’s Edge, Clarkesworld and more. Her analytical essays can be found in Mithila Review, Broken Stars, Korean Literature Now and more. She has published two science fiction story collections, Of Cloud and Mist 2.2 and The Seafood Restaurant. She has also co-edited The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories, forthcoming in 2022 by Tor.
Marta Tveit is a Science Fictionality PhD fellow at the University of Oslo. She is looking into Norwegian and (transnational) Africanfuturism, with a special focus on comparative imagined "climate changed" futures. Her special interests are: transnational Africa Online and culture, Africanfuturism and afro-futurism, decolonization of academia, transnational identity, and third culture kids. She has a few years behind her as a freelance journalist (columnist and podcaster), and working with development communication (notably The Norwegian Council for Africa and SAIH). She is a regular columnist for the culture section of the Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen. Tveit has an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford (2017), MA in Global Media Studies and Postnational Communication from SOAS School of Oriental and African Studies (2015), and BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University College Maastricht, Netherlands (2013). Her MSc thesis looked at the effect of introducing new voting technology in Tanzania on generalized trust. Her MA thesis examined portrayals of the West in ZImbabwean state-controlled newspapers.
Rita Kovács is a master’s student in Screen Cultures at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo. She also holds an MA in Political Science from the Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary. Her research interests include environmentalism, and political themes in fiction and popular culture.
AFFILIATED RESEARCHERS AND ARTISTS
Ingri Midgard Fiksdal
Choreographer & Researcher
Ingri Midgard Fiksdal (b.1982) is a choreographer and researcher based in Oslo, Norway. She graduated from The Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2019 with a PhD in Artistic Research. Her project was titled "Affective Choreography" and consisted of 6 performances and 3 publications, all presented and made available to a general public. Fiksdal's work is touring extensively in Norway, as well as in Europe, Asia and North-America. It has been presented at venues such as Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Kunstenfestival des Arts in Brussels, Beijing Contemporary Dance Festival, Steirischer Herbst festival in Graz, Kampnagel in Hamburg, BUDA in Kortrijk, Santarcangelo festival in Italy, Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, TBA Festival in Portland, and many more. She has received the Critics Award for Best Performance twice, in 2014 with "HOODS" and again in 2019 with "Deep Field". Fiksdal's artistic work is funded by Arts Council Norway.
Photo by Bea Borgers/KFDA
Dalia Al Kury
Film Director & Researcher
Dalia Al Kury is an independent documentary film director working on cross-genre projects. Her films explore different cultural taboos in the Arab world and have been commissioned and screened on International TV channels such as ZDF Arte, Al-Jazeera and Al Arabiya. Her first feature “Possessed by djinn” premiered at Hotdocs, and her latest film “Privacy of Wounds” premiered in competition at IDFA and was nominated for six prestigious awards such as “the right to know” at One World, the ‘what the doc' prize at Docs Barcelona, the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Documentary and the Human rights award at IDFA. She holds an MA in Screen Documentary from Goldsmiths University and is currently an artistic research fellow at the Norwegian film school researching speculative documentary.
Architect & Educator
Joel Letkemann (b.1980) is a Canadian architect, educator, and PhD Fellow at the Aarhus School of Architecture, in Aarhus, Denmark. Joel has led both Bachelor and Master level studios, and also taught courses in architectural theory, sustainability, and in digital media, interaction, and fabrication methodologies. Joel's PhD project is titled "Elaborate Strategies of Indirection: Science Fictioning Architectural Pedagogy," and concerns how the future is represented in architectural education and how that image might be challenged through ideas, methods, and practices adapted from SF literature and scholarship. After an undergraduate degree in linguistics, Joel earned a professional M.Arch degree from the University of Manitoba, and post-professional Master's degrees IaaC (Barcelona) and ETH Zurich.
Argha Manna was trained as a cancer researcher. He is currently a comics artist who runs an online platform named 'Drawing History of Science' where he blends his passion for science, history, and comics to carve a unique genre. His artwork tells stories from the history of science through comics and other forms of visual narratives, combining prose writing with sequential art. His recent collaborative works include projects like 'Famine Tales from India and Britain' (with University of Exeter, UK), 'Archives of the Earth' (Heidelberg University, Germany), and stories on Climate Change (with Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, CSIR, India). As a collaborative artist of CoFUTURES, Argha will explore possible graphic representations of co-evolution, mostly based on ANT NETWORK THEORY (Chattopadhyay & Bowker, Nature Culture, 2019).
Tech & Design Consultant
Tonje Andersen is a linguist and developer, currently pursuing a degree in informatics at the University of Oslo. She specializes in systems development and design, and focuses on methods and technologies within textual and data analysis, language acquisition/teaching, and video games.
Joey Eschrich is the editor and program manager at the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, and assistant director for Future Tense, a partnership of ASU, Slate magazine, and New America on emerging technologies, culture, and society. He has edited several books of science fiction and nonfiction, including Future Tense Fiction, published by Unnamed Press, and Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities, which was funded by a grant from NASA.
University of Manchester, UK
Deljana Iossifova is Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies at the School of Environment, Education and Development and Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Manchester. She trained as an architect at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and has a PhD in Public Policy Design from Tokyo Institute of Technology. She is PI on two projects examining sustainability and urban infrastructure transitions in China, India and Brazil. She is Chair of the Urban Studies Foundation and lead editor of Defining the Urban: Interdisciplinary and professional perspectives (Routledge, 2017). Although her research is well aligned with postcolonial urban political ecology perspectives, she uses transition theories, systems theory and complexity theory in combination with practice theory to unravel complex socio-eco-technical entanglements. Her work is particularly concerned with the triggers and consequences of urban transformation in their context-specific expressions.
Manchester School of Architecture
Ulysses Sengupta is a Reader in Architecture at the Manchester School of Architecture (MSA) and registered Architect in the UK. MSA is a collaboration between Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and The University of Manchester (UoM). Sengupta is the director of the Complexity Planning and Urbanism Laboratory (CPU-Lab), a research laboratory at MSA using a complexity framework to progress applied computational approaches in transdisciplinary urban studies. The laboratory develops new digital tools, computational thinking and urban theory. Sengupta’s research spans urban transformations, spatio-temporal dynamics, socio-technical transitions, Future Cities, Smart Cities, the Internet of Things, agile governance and cities as complex adaptive systems.
Moumita Sen is Associate Professor of Culture Studies at MF, Norwegian School of Theology, Religion, and Society and PI for the NFR UTENRIKS grant 2020-24 called Mythopolitics in South Asia. Her forthcoming monograph The Mahishasur Movement in India: Caste, Religion, and Politics is based on her postdoctoral research which focuses on the intersection of aesthetic discourse, popular religiosity, and organized politics in the Mahishasur movement, in which caste minorities in India publicly venerate a “demon” in hegemonic Hindu mythology. Her larger research interest is in the field of Indian visual culture. Her doctoral dissertation (2016), which she is in the process of turning into a book, studied the practices of clay-modelling in West Bengal, which weave together the worlds of art, religion, and politics. Her dissertation received the Norwegian king’s gold medal for ‘outstanding research’ in 2017. She is the co-editor of Nine Nights of the Goddess: The Navaratri Festival in South Asia (SUNY, 2018).
Helle Siljeholm (based in Oslo) has a masters in visual arts (KHIO, Oslo, 2016) and a bachelors in contemporary dance (London Contemporary Dance School, 2003). Her artistic practice includes choreography, performance, video, sculpture, installation. She has been working, performing and exhibiting nationally and internationally since 2003. Latest performances/ exhibitions (2020/2018) include Vega (DK), Rosendal Teater (NO), National Gallery of Iceland (IS), Athens Biennual (GR), Akershus Kunstforening (NO), Teaterhuset Avant Garden (NO), Ystad Kunstmuseum (SV), Oslo Kunstforening (NO), Black Box Teater (NO), amongst other. Siljeholm also occasionally works as a curator. Her latest curatorial project was concept and artistic development and direction of "The Worlds Northernmost Chinatown". The 2019 edition of the annual art festival in Kirkenes, Barents Spektakel (Pikene På Broen). Helle has been working with different art projects in the Middle East since 2008. Together with choreographer Sara Christophersen (as Siljeholm/Christophersen, a project based dance company) they received Hans Christian Osterø´s memory award (2015) specifically focusing on their long term collaborative work for and with dance in Palestine in partnership with the Sareeyyet Ramallah- First Ramallah Group.Website
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA
Taryne Jade Taylor is an assistant professor of Humanities and Composition at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where she also serves as the coordinator for the Latin American Studies minor. Her research focuses on the politics of representation in speculative fiction, particularly feminist sf and Latinx futurisms. She is currently working on her first monograph and co-editing the The Routledge Handbook to Alternate Futurisms (with Grace Dillon, Isiah Lavender III, and Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay). She is an associate editor for JFA, co-editor of the Routledge series Studies in Global Genre Fiction (with Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay), and a juror for the Sturgeon Award.
SF Writer and Editor
Francesco Verso is a multiple-award Italian Science Fiction writer and editor. He has published: e-Doll, Livido, Bloodbusters and I camminatori (made of The Pulldogs and No/Mad/Land). Livido and Bloodbusters – translated by Sally McCorry – have been published in the USA, UK and China. With Bill Campbell he co-edited, Future Fiction: New Dimensions in International SF (Rosarium Publishing). He works as Editor of Future Fiction, a multicultural project, publishing the best SF in translation with authors like James P. Kelly, Ian McDonald, Ken Liu, Liu Cixin, Pat Cadigan, Vandana Singh and others.
COLLABORATE WITH CoFUTURES
CoFUTURES is the community. We are looking to connect with people who work with/on the future, and who actively use the tools of science fiction in their work. We are keen to hear from visual and performance artists working with SF materials, games designers, SF writers, SF Researchers, and historians of speculative traditions (of any country). If you have an idea for a collaborative project, drop us a line! If you are interested in connecting with our activities, like our page on Facebook via the link below!
Texas State University
Suparno Banerjee is an Associate Professor of English at Texas State University specializing in science fiction, utopian/dystopian literature and film, Indian literature and culture, and postcolonial studies. He also has an interest in Russian literature. He grew up in Santiniketan, India and now resides in San Marcos, USA.
Geoffrey C. Bowker
University of California at Irvine
Geoffrey C. Bowker is Chancellor’s Professor and Donald Bren Chair at the School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California at Irvine, where he directs the Evoke Laboratory, which explores new forms of knowledge expression. Recent positions include Professor of and Senior Scholar in Cyberscholarship at the University of Pittsburgh iSchool and Executive Director, Center for Science, Technology and Society, Santa Clara. Together with Leigh Star he wrote Sorting Things Out: Classification and its Consequences; his most recent books are Memory Practices in the Sciences and (with Stefan Timmermans, Adele Clarke and Ellen Balka) the edited collection: Boundary Objects and Beyond: Working with Leigh Star. He is currently working on big data policy and on scientific cyberinfrastructure; as well as completing a book on social readings of data and databases. He is a founding member of the Council for Big Data, Ethics and Society.
Portland State University
Grace L. Dillon, PhD (Anishinaabe) is a Professor in the Indigenous Nations Studies Program at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. She is the editor of Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction (University of Arizona Press, 2012) and Hive of Dreams: Contemporary Science Fiction from the Pacific Northwest (Oregon State University Press, 2003). Her work appears in diverse journals including The Journal of Science Fiction Film and Television; Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction; Extrapolation; The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts; The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television; Science Fiction Studies; and Renaissance Papers.
University of Warsaw
Paweł Frelik is Associate Professor and the Leader of Speculative Texts and Media Research Group at the American Studies Center, University of Warsaw. His teaching and research interests include science fiction, video games, fantastic visualities, digital media, and transmedia storytelling. He has published widely in these fields, serves on the boards of Science Fiction Studies, Extrapolation, and Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds, and is the co-editor of the New Dimensions in Science Fiction book series at the University of Wales Press. In 2013-2014, he was President of the Science Fiction Research Association, the first in the organization's history from outside North America. He is also Science Fiction Division Head of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts and the Chair of the Science Fiction and Technoscience Book Prize at the University of California, Riverside. In 2017, he was the first non-Anglophone recipient of the Thomas D. Clareson Award for Distinguished Service presented for outstanding service activities: promotion of SF teaching and study, editing, reviewing, editorial writing, publishing, organizing meetings, mentoring, and leadership in SF/fantasy organizations.
Science Fiction Studies
Joan Gordon is a co-editor of Science Fiction Studies. She received the SFRA’s lifetime achievement award for science fiction scholarship and was a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Marie Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland. She continues to publish on science fiction, often with an emphasis on feminism or animal studies.
Abhijit Gupta is Professor in English at Jadavpur University and Director, Jadavpur University Press. He graduated in English from Jadavpur University and received a PhD from Cambridge University for his work on 19th century British publishing. He is co-editor, along with Swapan Chakravorty of the Book History in India series, of which four volumes have been published: Print Areas (2004), Moveable Types (2008), New Word Order (2011) and Founts of Knowledge (2016). He was associate editor for South Asia for the Oxford Companion to the Book (2010). He has completed an electronic database and location register of all books printed in Bengali from 1801-1867 which is now the basis of the 'Two Centuries of Indian Print' project at the British Library. His other research areas include science fiction and fandom, physical cultures, graphic novels, and the 19th century.
IKOS, University of Oslo
Helge Jordheim is Professor of Cultural History at the University of Oslo. He received his PhD in German literature from the University of Oslo in 2006 for a work on genre and politics in 18-century Germany (Der Staatsroman im Werk Wielands und Jean Pauls, 2007). He has published extensively on 18th-century intellectual culture in Europe. Among his latest books are global histories of the concepts of civility and civilization (Civilizing Emotions, 2015) and the world (Conceptualizing the World, 2018) as well as a history of universal history (Universal History and the Making of the Global, 2018), written with international teams of scholars. Jordheim is heading several projects exploring times in the plural, at the interface between cultural and natural history. He has written extensively on time and concepts, in journals like History & Theory and History of the Present.
East Carolina University
Dale Knickerbocker is McMahon Distinguished Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures at East Carolina University, where he teaches in the Hispanic Studies program and is Director of Graduate Studies. His field in Spanish-language science fiction, fantasy, and horror. He is the author of the monographs Juan José Millás: The Obsessive-Compulsive Aesthetic and the upcoming Spain is different? Science Fiction, the Two Spains, and the Transition in Spanish Apocalyptic Novels, 1990-2005, and editor of Lingua Cosmica: Science Fiction from around the World. He is currently President of the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts, is Associate Editor of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts and Alambique: Revista Académica de Ciencia Ficción y Fantasía, and on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Routledge’s Studies in Global Genre Fiction series and the journals Extrapolation, Brumal: Revista de investigación sobre lo fantástico, and Abusões
Isiah Lavender III
University of Georgia
Isiah Lavender III is Sterling Goodman Professor of English at the University of Georgia, where he researches and teaches courses in African American literature and science fiction. In addition to his books Race in American Science Fiction (Indiana UP, 2011), Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction (UP of Mississippi, 2014), Dis-Orienting Planets:
Racial Representations of Asia in Science Fiction (UP of Mississippi, 2017), and Afrofuturism Rising: The Literary Prehistory of a Movement (Ohio State UP, 2019), his publications on science fiction include essays and reviews in journals such as Extrapolation, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, and Science Fiction Studies, and collections such as The Cambridge History of Science Fiction and the Routledge Companion to Science Fiction. He is currently co-editing the critical anthology Literary Afrofuturism in the Twenty-First Century with Lisa Yaszek (Ohio State UP, forthcoming Autumn 2020). Finally, he edits for Extrapolation—the oldest science fiction journal—as one of its six editors.
Jerry Määttä is Associate Professor at the Department of Literature, Uppsala University, Sweden. Since his dissertation on science fiction in Sweden in the 1950s and 1960s, he’s mostly published on Anglophone post-apocalyptic narratives, but is currently working on a project on Swedish science fiction fanzines in the 1970s and 1980s.Website
Anglia Ruskin Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy
Farah Mendlesohn was Professor and Head of Department of English and Media at Anglia Ruskin University from 2012-2017, then Associate Dean of Recruitment at Staffordshire University. She is currently an Associate Fellow of The Anglia Ruskin Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy. She served as President of the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts from 2008-2011 and chair of the Science Fiction Foundation, 2004-2007. Her acclaimed work includes Rhetorics of Fantasy (2009), The Inter-galactic Playground: A Critical Study of Children’s and Teens’ Science Fiction (McFarland) and Diana Wynne Jones: The Fantastic Tradition and Children’s Literature (Routledge).
Children’s Fantasy Literature: An Introduction, which she wrote with her long time colleague Professor Michael M. Levy won the World Fantasy Award in 2017. She won a Hugo with Edward James in 2005 for The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction.Website
University of Liverpool
Andy Sawyer is a retired librarian, researcher, critic, and reviewer of sf, formerly Librarian of the Science Fiction Foundation Collection at the University of Liverpool Library, and Director of the MA in Science Fiction Studies for the Department of English, with which he is now an Honorary Research Fellow. The 2008 recipient of the Science Fiction Research Association’s Clareson Award for services to science fiction, he was Reviews Editor of Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction and Guest Curator of the British Library’s 2011 Exhibition “Out of This World: Science Fiction But Not as You Know It”.
Framingham State University
Vandana Singh is a physicist working on the transdisciplinary pedagogy of climate change, and a short fiction writer. Her latest collection, Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories (2018) was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick award.
Takayuki Tatsumi is Professor at Keio University. He is the President of the American Literature Society of Japan and the Japan Poe Society. His numerous publications include Full Metal Apache: Transactions Between Cyberpunk Japan and Avant-Pop America (Duke University Press, 2006), the co-edited Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), and The Routledge Companion to Transnational American Studies (2019). He also receieved the 2010 Distinguished Scholarship Award from the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts.
Xi’an Jiaotong University
Wang Yao is Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at Xi’an Jiaotong University, and a visiting scholar at University of California, Riverside from May 2019 to May 2020. Her academic collection on contemporary Chinese science fiction Coordinates of the Future: Discussions on Chinese Science Fiction in the Age of Globalization was published in 2019. She has been publishing speculative fiction since college with the pen name Xia Jia. Seven of her stories have won the Galaxy Award, China's most prestigious science fiction award. So far she has published a fantasy novel Odyssey of China Fantasy: On the Road (2010), as well as three science fiction collections The Demon Enslaving Flask (2012), A Time Beyond Your Reach (2017) and Xi’an City Is Falling Down (2018). Recently she has been working on a science fiction fix-up, entitled Chinese Encyclopedia. In English translation, she has been published in Clarkesworld and other venues. Her first flash story written in English, “Let’s Have a Talk,” was published in Nature in 2015. Her first English collection A Summer Beyond Your Reach: Stories is upcoming in November 2019. She is also engaged in other science fiction related works, including academic research, translation, screenwriting, editing and creative writing teaching.
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