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19 Jul

Chapter on Animal Avatars in Video Games

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I will contribute a chapter to a volume tentatively titled Outside the Anthropological Machine: Crossing the Human-Animal Divide and Other Exit Strategies edited by Chiara Mengozzi. The volume is based on the "The Human-Animal Line: Interdisciplinary Approaches" conference, which took place in February (which I, unfortunately, couldn't make it to, as I caught a stomach flu the night before). In the book description, Chiara sketches the project as follows: "Instead of establishing once and for all the division line between humans and animals, the papers resonate with the common aim of pluralizing the boundaries between human and non-human animals in order to replace both in a broader web of relations beyond the inherited dichotomies (nature/culture, subject/object, mind/body)." My essay will discuss animal avatars in three rather different video games: Deadly Creatures (2009), I, Predator! (2011), and Bear Simulator (2016). For my abstract, click 'read more'.

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05 May

Paper at Gothic Nature

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I just received the acceptance letter for my pitch for the conference "Gothic Nature: New Directions in Ecohorror and the Ecogothic," which is slated to take place this November at Trinity College Dublin. My paper will be on The Last of Us and the end of humankind. For the abstract, click 'read more'.

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08 Mar

Paper at GFF2017

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For the first time since 2010, I will participate in the annual conference of the German Association for Research in the Fantastic. For the third time since the association's founding in 2010, the annual conference will be in Austria; this time in Vienna. My presentation will be on Mass Effect as climate fiction. For the abstract, click 'read more'.

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01 Mar

Chapter on Canadian Bear Horror

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I will contribute a chapter to a volume tentatively titled Bridging the Solitudes: Essays on Canadian Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror edited by Amy J. Ransom and Dominick Grace. For my chapter abstract, click 'read more'. In their CfP, the editors sketch the project as follows: "Canadian science-fiction, fantasy, and horror literatures imagine the nation—indeed, the world–as other, different than it is in the here and now. One of the recurring dissatisfactions about Canada concerns two central metaphors that have been used to define the Canadian nation: the lack of communication between French- and English-Canadians as constructing The Two Solitudes described in Hugh MacLennan's 1945 novel, and the problem of envisioning a multicultural Canada as a mosaic. The nation's genre literatures in French and English have engaged with these issues from their very beginnings in the nineteenth-century through the present day." My contribution to this volume will discuss four "bear horror" texts, two novels (Claire Cameron's The Bear [2014] and Susan J. Crockford's Eaten [2015]) and two movies (Grizzly Rage [2007] and Backcountry [2014]). For my abstract, click 'read more'.

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21 Feb

Official! Teaching a Star Wars Seminar in 2 Weeks

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My new colleague (and office mate) Steve Rabitsch and I will start teaching a Star Wars seminar in about two weeks. It only became truly official earlier today, so ... work. You'll find a neat little teaser if you click 'read more'.

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