MemberLaurie Ringer

…How affect theory decolonizes (gender, race, sexuality, disability) and innovates academic writing through the study of speculative fiction, broadly encompassing gothic, science fiction, dystopic, apocalyptic, and post-apocalyptic texts.…

Specializing in late medieval/early modern literature, I also have interdisciplinary expertise in affect theory (after AL Tsing’s, Karen Barad’s, and Donna Haraway ’s updates to Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, and Brian Massumi), and diverse speculative fiction. The affect theory strand of my research has developed into a body of work interfacing nomadic, processual thought with contemporary speculative fiction broadly encompassing gothic, science fiction, dystopic, apocalyptic, and post-apocalyptic texts. The Wycliffite/Lollard strand of my research focuses on the vernacular texts associated with the Wycliffite/Lollard heresy (c.1380-1530). The Wycliffite Repository, an online select concordance generated from an assemblage of 432 Middle English texts, makes my work freely available for consultation.

MemberRegina Yung Lee

Regina Yung Lee is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside. Her research interests include feminist theory, sinophone studies, francophone literatures, speculative fictions, and participatory online communities. Currently watching: Community, Uchuu Kyoudai/Space brothers. Currently Reading: Gin no saji/Silver spoon, Otoyomegatari/Bride’s tale.

MemberJordan Meyerl

I am a History MA student on the Archives track at UMass Boston. I have a wide variety of interests ranging from queer theory to ecocriticism. I am especially interested with the intersections of such theories with speculative fiction and fantasy. In terms of archives, I am focused on the intersections of privacy in our digital age, especially when digitizing the materials of marginalized communities.

MemberKirsten Ashley Bussière

Kirsten Bussière graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts Honours with High Distinction in English Literature and a Minor in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies. She is currently a Master’s student studying English Literature and Digital Humanities at Carleton University. Her area of focus is twentieth-century and contemporary speculative fiction. Pending Autumn 2018, Kirsten will be attending the University of Ottawa to pursue a Doctorate in English Literature.

MemberBen Carver

…sion Fiction at the Turn of the Century’, submitted to English Literature in Transition (ELT),  June 2019
In preparation
‘S/Z at 50, Realism at 200’, Barthes Studies, (invited contribution to special issue for the 50th anniversary of S/Z), for publication November 2020
Published essays, articles, & chapters
‘An Entangled Forest: Evolutionary Theory and Speculative Fiction’, Urbanomic online, May 2018
‘“All good earthly things are in Utopia also”: Familiarity and Irony in News from Nowhere and A Modern Utopia’. In Utopias and Dystopias in the Fiction of H. G. Wells and William Morris: Landscape and Space, ed. Emelyne Godfrey (Palgrave, 2016)
‘“A Gleaming and Glorious Star”: Rethinking History in the P…

Ben Carver teaches literature and theory at Aarhus University in Denmark. He writes about speculative fiction, and his recent book (Palgrave) on alternate history in nineteenth-century thought and writing has been described by Fredric Jameson as a “stimulating history of plural virtualities that demonstrates how poetic our prosaic 19th century was in fact, and how productively it confronted its own unrealized possibilities.” He is now working on a project on conspiracy culture and literary form.

MemberBrittany R. Roberts

Brittany Roberts is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at University of California, Riverside, where she studies 20th- and 21st-century Russian and Anglophone literature and cinema. She is currently writing her dissertation, which undertakes a comparative analysis of Russian and Anglophone horror literature and cinema focusing on depictions of humans, animals, the environment, and the ecological and metaphysical dynamics that link them. Brittany has published articles and chapters in The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies and the forthcoming collections Ecohorror, Plants in Science Fiction: Speculative Vegetation, and The Spaces and Places of Horror. She is especially interested in how horror disrupts the human-nonhuman binary and in how speculative fiction reconsiders, challenges, and reconceives of our relations with other species.

MemberJessica Huang

Undergraduate student at Carleton University pursuing a B.A. Honours in History. My academic and professional interests are wide-ranging, but primarily centre on queer history, public history, collections management, and heritage conservation. I am invested in finding creative, meaningful ways to foster engagement with history and connecting communities with the past, whether that’s in a formal or informal learning environment. My hobbies include reading, listening to podcasts, and playing games (tabletop and video), and I have an immense soft spot for speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, horror, etc). I love, particularly, games and fiction that play with expectations and do interesting things with the established tropes of their genres. On weekends, I can typically be found holed up underground with my fellow mole people at the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum, in Carp, ON.

MemberDonald Haase

My research on German, French, English, and American fairy tales, folktales, literature, and film spans topics from the 18th century to the present. I am general editor of the Series in Fairy-Tale Studies published by Wayne State University Press and former editor of the international journal Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies. I serve on the editorial board of Marvels & Tales and on the advisory boards of Fairy Tale Review, Gramarye, Dzieciństwo: Literatura i Kultura, and the Chichester Centre for Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction.

MemberAhmet A. Sabancı

(Still editing my profile, it may not be up to date yet.) I’m a writer, researcher, digital activist and translator. I’m mostly focused on philosophy, aesthetics, internet culture, art, technology, future, digital and press freedom in Turkey, human rights and politics, and I’m writing science/speculative fiction. As a writer and researcher, I’m working between philosophy, science fiction, technology, politics and future. Or as I like to call, “weird and deadly interesting.” I’m writing theory, fiction and no-fiction both in English and Turkish. Also I’m still working on my Masters Thesis on Philosophy of Mind. As a journalist, I’m writing on diverse topics of interest including digital and human rights and freedom of speech in Turkey, technology and digital security, science fiction. You can check my byline below and selected writings at the Works section. As a digital activist, I’m working on digital security, privacy, censorship and surveillance, and copyright issues. I’m also giving trainings and talks on these topics for activists, journalists or anyone who wants in general. I’m working with many national and international organizations.

MemberAndré Carrington

andré carrington is a scholar of race, gender, and genre in Black and American cultural production. He is the Beatrice Shepherd Blane Fellow in the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University (2018-2019) and Associate Professor of African American literature at Drexel University. His first book, Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction (Minnesota, 2016) interrogates the cultural politics of race in the fantastic genres through studies of science fiction fanzines, comics, film and television, and other speculative fiction texts. He is currently at work on a second book-length research project, Audiofuturism, on the cultural politics of race in science fiction radio drama and literary adaptation in a transatlantic context. carrington’s writing appears in journals (American LiteratureSouls, and African & Black Diaspora), books (A Companion to the Harlem Renaissance, Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call), and blogs (Black Perspectives). He is also a contributor to the forthcoming collections Digital Pedagogies in the Humanities and After Queer Studies: Literary Theory and Critical Interpretation. With cartoonist Jennifer Camper, he co-founded the biennial Queers & Comics international conference in 2015. He teaches courses in African American and Global Black Literature, Literary Theory, Black Liberation Movements, LGBT Literature & Culture, Comics & Graphic Novels, and Science Fiction. He’s also a birder.