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:

Ingvil Hellstrand is a lecturer and researcher at the Network for Gender Research at the University of Stavanger, Norway. Her research interests are science fiction, posthuman bodies, bioethics, biopolitics and feminist theory. Recent publications include articles in the journals NORA – Nordic Journal for feminist and gender research and Feminist Theory, and chapters in the edited volumes Being Together: New cultural conditions for intimacy and Ill-disciplined Gender (forthcoming)


Line Henriksen is a lecturer in Gender Studies at the University of Copenhagen. She holds a PhD in Gender Studies from The Unit of Gender Studies at Linköping University, and is the author of the monograph In the Company of Ghosts – Hauntology, Ethics, Digital Monsters (2016). She publishes on the subjects of monster theory, hauntology, digital media and speculative fiction, and is the co-editor of special issues such as Women, Gender & Research: Monstrous Encounters – Nordic Perspectives on Monsters and the Monstrous (2017), and Somatechnics: Promises of Monsters (forthcoming). She is an award-nominated writer of speculative fiction, and a founding member of The Monster Network.


Aino-Kaisa Koistinen is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Her research interests include media culture and popular culture (especially television), science fiction, gender studies and feminist posthumanism. She defended her doctoral dissertation The Human Question in Science Fiction Television: (Re)Imagining Humanity in Battlestar Galactica, Bionic Woman and V at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, in 2015. She is a board member of FINFAR –The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research and one of the editors-in-chief of Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research. She has been published, for example, in NORA—Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research and Science Fiction Film and Television.


Donna McCormack is a Lecturer at the University of Surrey, UK, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (SKOK) at the University of Bergen, Norway. She is working on a monograph entitled Recycling Global Life: Human Organ Transplantation in Contemporary Visual and Literary Texts, and recently published her first monograph entitled Queer Postcolonial Narratives and the Ethics of Witnessing (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2015). She has published and forthcoming articles in journals such as the European Journal of Cultural Studies and The Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, as well as in the edited collections Giving, Selling, Sharing and Critical Perspectives on Indo-Caribbean Women’s Literature. She is also the coordinator of the Nordic Network for Gender, Body, Health.


Sara Orning is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Gender Research at the University of Oslo. She works on extraordinary bodies, monsters, humanimals and feminist theory, and has published and forthcoming articles in Excursions: An Interdisciplinary Journal and in the anthology Animalities: Literary and Cultural Studies Beyond the Human (Edinburgh University Press).