CFP for Vol. 1, 2 and 3. To be published Fall 2021 and Summer/Fall 2022


This international, peer-reviewed journal is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the fantastic in today’s entertainment media. The aim is to offer new and cutting-edge theories in response to the field of the fantastic. The fantastic is widely understood as stories and genres that break with natural laws. We use the fantastic as a supergenre and an umbrella term for all genres that use fantastic elements - science fiction, horror, fantasy, supernatural and more. The focus is on fantastic fiction in entertainment media, including film, television, games, comic books, and animated films. Media forms such as haunted houses, theme parks, and online forums also fall within this scope. The journal aims to offer a forum for multiple theoretical approaches to the fantastic that respond to their diverse media forms. Approaches include: genre theory and aesthetic analysis; theories of world-building, design and production studies; transmedia developments; storytelling and narrative theory; and cognitive, biocultural and evolutionary theories. The journal is double blind peer-reviewed and will have 1-3 issues per year. Articles will be available online when they have been peer-reviewed and edited.

Volume 1, Fall 2021/Summer 2022
Theories & Audiences
Topics include: 

  • New theories and new approaches within and beyond existing theories, e.g. play theory; narrative theory; biocultural, evolutionary and cognitive theories; philosophy, gender; diversity; etc. 
  • New genre developments, e.g. aesthetic, narrative, local, national, etc. 
  • Development in audience engagements, e.g. fans and fantasy, fan tourism, social media engagements, independent games, live entertainment such as haunted houses, zombie runs and escape rooms, etc. 
  • New media forms, e.g. memes, Instagram, and more social media forms 

Volume 2, Fall 2021/Summer 2022 
World-building & Design 
Topics include: 

  • New technical possibilities, e.g. software, hardware, production systems 
  • Visual effects advances 
  • New online developments, e.g. new platforms, delivery systems, streaming services 
  • New approaches relating to design and world-building 
  • New developments in teaching methods 

Volume 3, Summer 2022/Fall 2022 
Utopia & Dystopia 
Topics include: 

  • Additions to subgenres of the fantastic, e.g. Solarpunk, Cli-Fi, portal fantasy, steampunk, dark fantasy, wuxia, etc. 
  • Close analysis of single texts dealing with utopias or dystopias 
  • Specific themes such as pandemics and apocalypses 
  • Specific elements such as imaginary animals 
  • Approaches to utopia and dystopia with a focus on minorities - for example gender, LGBT, disability, ethnicity, indigenous people, etc. 
The first two volumes are dedicated to new approaches to the fantastic in contemporary entertainment media. The third volume is dedicated to utopias and dystopias and this issue welcomes work presented at the conference Utopia & Dystopia, May 27-28, 2021, The Royal Danish Academy. The aim is to highlight original research within the fantastic in media entertainment. We welcome articles that take a case-based approach thus using a case study to develop the article’s argument whether the focus is theoretical, historical, or something else. Thus, we hope theoretical and analytical approaches can merge to produce more accessible articles. 

Length 5000-8000 words, Chicago style (in text), please keep notes to a minimum. Illustrations are welcome, 300 dpi at print size, .jpg. Authors are responsible for all illustration copyrights. 

Deadline for Volume 1 and 2: A 150-300 word synopsis on February 1, 2021. A first draft article August 1, 2021. Published Fall 2021/Summer 2022. Articles will be double blind peer-reviewed, edited and published online as they are submitted to the journal. 

Deadline for Volume 3: A 150-300 word synopsis on March 1, 2021. A first draft article September 1, 2021. Published Summer 2022/Fall 2022. Articles will be double blind peer-reviewed, edited and published online as they are submitted to the journal. 

Editorial team: Rikke Schubart, SDU, Angela Ndalianis, SUT, Jakob Ion Wille, The Royal Danish Academy, Cecilie Kirstine Thoke Knudsen, SDU, Lotte Andkjær, SDU.