The Monster Network connects those with an interest in monsters and the monstrous. The aim of the Network is to spark international collaborations such as conferences, workshops, publications and symposiums as well as create a space for discussions and information on all things monstrous.

The founding members of the Monster Network

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Ingvil Hellstrand is associate professor with the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Stavanger, Norway (UiS). She holds an MA in women’s studies from Lancaster University, UK, and a PhD in social sciences from UiS. Her research interests are storytelling practices and knowledge production, science fiction and the posthuman. Her current research revolves around science fiction as a method, welfare technologies and caring futures, and posthuman ethics. Recent publications include articles in the journals Somatechnics, Feminist Theory, and Norwegian Journal for Care Research. She has a soft spot for spiders.


Line Henriksen is a postdoctoral researcher at the IT University of Copenhagen. She holds a PhD in Gender Studies from the Unit of Gender Studies at Linköping University and an MA in Modern Culture and Cultural Communication from the University of Copenhagen. She is the author of the monograph In the Company of Ghosts – Hauntology, Ethics, Digital Monsters (2016), and her research interests include feminist theory, methodology and ethics, monster theory, hauntology, creative writing and digital horror stories such as creepypasta. She writes speculative short stories, and her favourite monster is Smile.dog.

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Aino-Kaisa Koistinen currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She holds an MA in literature (University of Oulu, FI) and PhD in contemporary culture studies (University of Jyväskylä, FI). Her research interests revolve around affective encounters with violent fiction, especially speculative and crime fiction. She recently co-edited a book Reconfiguring the Human, Nonhuman and Posthuman in Literature and Culture for Routledge (with Sanna Karkulehto and Essi Varis). When not preoccupied with research, she enjoys writing science fiction and poetry, playing guitar in a rock band, and petting her cat.


Dr. Donna McCormack is a senior lecturer in English Literature at the University of Surrey. She is currently working on an AHRC Leadership Fellowship on Transplant Imaginaries. Her main research interests are biotechnologies in contemporary literature and film, evolutionary theory, postcolonial studies, and queer theory. Her first monograph is entitled Queer Postcolonial Narratives and the Ethics of Witnessing (Bloomsbury Press, 2014), and she has publications in the European Journal of Cultural Studies, Somatechnics and BMJ Medical Humanities, as well as in edited collections such as Bodily Exchanges, Bioethics and Border Crossing (London: Routledge, 2015). She is the coordinator of the Nordic Network Gender, Body, Health, as well as a founding member of the Monster Network.

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Sara E. S. Orning is currently on leave from her position as Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Gender Research at the University of Oslo to be a Postdoctoral Fellow on the project BIODIAL: the Biopolitics of Disability, Illness and Animality at the Department of Special Needs Education, University of Oslo. She received an MA in Critical Theory from University of Sussex and her PhD in Literature from University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research interests are monstrosity, humanness, and the production of the two in different time periods and media. She explores this in her research on disability studies, animal studies, posthumanism, and science fiction TV series, literature and films. Recent and in-press publications include articles in Nordic Journal of Migration Research and Somatechnics and chapters in the edited anthologies Theories of Affect and Concepts in Generic Skills Education: Adventurous Encounters (2017) and Animalities: Literary and Cultural Studies Beyond the Human (2017). She is on a daily lookout for monsters in the suburbs.