Christmas, White as Bone

By Line Henriksen

 

                                                        The snow rises and falls out there, on the frozen ice,

It’ll be a white Christmas, and we’re all packing our bags.

                                                        gathering and dispersing like shattered teeth stirred by

                                                        the wind.

In the kitchen, father is preparing the roast, and gran is stirring spices into the glögg.

                                                        It pulls up shadows,

I set the table, and my siblings decorate the tree.

                                                        a sense of depth in the veils of white.

“I see them now,” sister whispers, sitting in the windowsill, her red bows wilting at the sight. We pause at doors and windows and see them too,

                                                        The snow peels back, revealing bones and tattered

                                                        cloth whipping around slow feet, steering towards the

                                                        well-lit windows that shine like guiding stars.

and suddenly everyone moves faster than before. The table is set in no time, the last bits of clothes packed, the candles lit by trembling hands, and in a flitter of scarves and coats, we depart just in time.

                                                        The guests are here.

We watch from the car as every window fills with them, warm light spilling out on the snow from between withered ribs and cracked skulls. Torsos sway stiffly, and legs kick upwards in dance, knocking grins from gnarled shoulders. As we drive off, we hear the beating of music, and the tapping of hardened feet.

I fear them, the bone-white Christmases when the lake freezes over, and the dead come back to claim the house for a night.

 

 

Stylter

Af Line Henriksen

Originaltitel: Stilts (2016)

 

Der er noget uden for mit vindue.

cropped-imageI lang tid har det braget og rumlet ned ad gaden, frem og tilbage, frem og tilbage.

Gadelampen gynger tavst, idet små efterårsvinde skubber sig forbi ledningerne, der spænder den ud over asfalten dybt, dybt nede. Den får lange skygger til at danse og springe over mit loft. På væggene sparker de deres lange ben højt i vejret, højere og højere endnu, til de næsten rammer deres egne hoveder. De springer, og de falder, forsvinder og kommer tilbage igen, alt sammen i takt med vinden. Jeg kan se skygger fra blade og plastikposer, der pisker forbi, fanget i malstrømme, jaget af –

De standser uden for mit vindue.

Jeg bor på fjerde sal, men de standser lige uden for mit vindue.

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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:

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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

Feministisk Halloween på KVINFO

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D. 28. oktober kl. 16 er der feministisk halloween på KVINFO!

Musiker Louise Bang Olesen, forsker Morten Hillgaard Bülow og jeg vil være der og snakke løst og fast om alt fra monstre og det monstrøse til zombier og aldring, monstrøs musik, feministisk teori, creepypasta og Monster Studier.

Det foreløbige program ser sådan her ud:

16.00: Velkommen!

16.05: En introduktion til Monster Studier ved Line Henriksen

16.20: Zombier, science fiction og aldringsforskning ved Morten Hillgaard Bülow

16.35: Skrig og skrål: De frigørende monstre i DIY-musikken ved Louise Bang Olesen

16.50: Filmfremvisning og debat: Jennifer Kents film ‘Monster’

17.30: Vin og (u)hygge!

Du kan følge eventet på Facebook. Jeg kvidrer også om det, når der er updates.

Kom kom og uhyg med os!

 

 

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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Come celebrate Halloween with The Monster Network!

On the 31st of October, The Monster Network  celebrates Halloween the only way we know how: by talking excessively about monsters. Come join us for a Monster Studies Symposium in the cold and the dark that is autumn-Oslo!

Here is the symposium-blurb (first published at The Monster Network website) :

Symposium

Why Monster Studies Now?

Monday 31 October 12:00-15:00 PM

at the Centre for Gender Research (STK),

University of Oslo

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In connection with Halloween, the Monster Network and STK (Centre for Gender Studies) invite you to a Monster Studies Symposium! Continue reading