Jersey Devil Press has chosen my flash fic ‘Snowball Wants to go to Outer Space‘ as one of their Pushcart Prize nominees, and it has been insufferable about it ever since. Me, as the creator, has been dignified in all my bragging.
LOOK AT THIS THING OF BEAUTY I GOT IN THE POST YESTERDAY OH MY CYBORG DOGESS!!! The new special issue of Women, Gender & Research that Morten Bülow, Erika Kvistad and myself have been been summoning for a year has now manifested itself and it’s a thing of filthy glory. So many fantastic writers writing fantastically, and just look at the covers by Mia Makila and John Kenn! A launch is in the making, so rejoice and come join us in a monstrous future – possibly 2018 – where we’ll drink and make merry and celebrate this unholy thing that is now roaming the planet looking for its makers.
On 31 October, I participated in a talk about Frankenstein and Transhumanism at Litteratur på Blå in Oslo. It was fantastic, I had lots of fun and met some wonderful people and generally talked a lot. Lots and lots. Here’s the podcast of the panel discussion to prove it.
Thank you to Julia Wiedlocha, Aurora Aambakk Eriksen, Anna McFarlane, Peter Svare Valeur and Olaf Haagensen for making this happen.
October 31st I’ll be talking about Frankenstein and transhumanism at Litteratur på Blå in Oslo together with Anna McFarlane from the University of Glasgow, Peter Svare Valeur from the University of Bergen and journalist Olaf Haagensen from Morgonbladet. The discussion is moderated by Aurora Aambakk Eriksen from Litteratur på Blå.
I’ll be talking about monsters, otherness and strange, strange blood at the ‘Strange Blood?’ event on 21 October. Artist Trine Mee Sook will be doing a performance called ‘Vampire Talk’ and bio art artist Erich Berger will join the Monster Network (that’s me and my excellent friends and colleagues!) for a discussion about art, belonging and the North.
The blood begins to flow at 8PM at LiteraturHaus in Copenhagen. Come! Join us!
I am so excited to have a chapter in this excellent publication Theories of Affect and Concepts in Generic Skills Education: Adventurous Encounters, edited by Edyta Just and Wera Grahn! (Did I choose the above schreenshot from the publisher’s website because I’m the first contributor mentioned? Yes. Yes I did.)
The chapter is called Monster Pedagogy: A failing approach to teaching and learning in the university and is written together with the ever sharp and insightful Erika Kvistad and Sara Orning. So, if monsters and body horror is your thing, maybe you’d like a bit of it in your pedagogy, too?
In that case, you can get the book here.
From ‘Monster Pedagogy: A failing approach to teaching and learning in the university’:
In this text, we approach the processes of teaching and learning in the university through what we call monster pedagogy: the idea that learning is always a monster, a failing experiment, unpredictable, gappy, stitched together from disparate parts. The figure of the monster will (to make another hopeful guess, this time in the form of a thesis statement) help us think about unpredictability, failure and vulnerability in university teaching, but also allow us to uncover the vulnerabilities present in our own academic practices.
… With the concept of a monster pedagogy, we are not trying to present a new or ideal pedagogy so much as a way to engage with teaching and learning as a collaborative, unruly, subjective, and relational process — and to bring its unseen aspects into the light (if not the steady light of understanding, then at least a flicker of lightning). We aim to do this by engaging with the monster as something that is not an exteriority, something that is not about closure and self-sufficiency, but instead a question of daily failures and vulnerability.