• PL 24 (Unioninkatu 40)

    00014

    Finland

20142022
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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Kaisa Kortekallio is a literary scholar interested in how literature can evoke nonhuman environments and more-than-human experience. Her doctoral dissertation, which is currently undergoing pre-examination, focuses on North American science fiction written in the 21st century and particularly on selected works by Greg Bear, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Jeff VanderMeer. In her dissertation, she considers how such estranging literature plays into the formation of the readers' embodied experience both during and after reading and how literature can be helpful in developing more-than-human modes of experience.

Kortekallio is a member in the Instrumental Narratives research consortium (Academy of Finland, iNARR 2018 - 2022, dir. Maria Mäkelä). In winter 2019-2020, she visits the Narrating the Mesh ERC project (NARMESH, dir. Marco Caracciolo) at the University of Ghent, Belgium.

Kortekallio also teaches courses on contemporary speculative fiction, ecological theory, and posthumanist theory, and acts as board member in The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research (FINFAR).


Research interests:

- contemporary English-language science fiction and speculative fiction
- estrangement and naturalization (as literary strategies and techniques)
- posthumanist thought
- 4E cognition; embodied mind
- biology and ecology in literature
- ecological approaches to literature
- embodied experience
- theories of fictional character
- mutants

Teaching:

spring 2015: ENG242 Speculative Characters in Contemporary Science Fiction
fall 2015: Helsinki Summer School: Science Fiction in Literature and Culture
spring 2016: ENG341: Ecology and Science Fiction
spring 2017: ENG341: Ecology and Science Fiction
spring 2018: ENG-3089: Posthumanism and Science Fiction
spring 2019: ENG-3089: Speculative Fiction at the Limits of Narrative

Fields of Science

  • 6122 Literature studies
  • Cognitive narratology
  • posthumanism
  • speculative fiction
  • science fiction
  • environmental humanities

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2014 2019

  • 15 Article
  • 2 Literature review (scientific)
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

Turning Away from the Edge of Madness: Kinesis, Nihilism, and Area X

Kortekallio, K., 15 Jul 2019, In : Collateral. 16

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

Open Access

Becoming-instrument: Thinking with Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation and Timothy Morton’s Hyperobjects

Kortekallio, K., 10 Jul 2019, Reconfiguring Human, Nonhuman and Posthuman in Literature and Culture. Karkulehto, S., Koistinen, A-K. & Varis, E. (eds.). New York: Routledge, p. 57-75 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Open Access
File

"Kognitio ei kuulu vain ihmisille": Haastattelussa N. Katherine Hayles

Kortekallio, K., 2019, In : Niin & näin : filosofinen aikakauslehti. 2019, 3, p. 8-14 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene

Kortekallio, K., May 2019, In : European Journal of Women's Studies. 26, 2, p. 229-231 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature review (scientific)Scientific

Open Access
File

Laajemman todellisuuden realismia

Kortekallio, K. J., 21 Dec 2016, In : Niin & näin : filosofinen aikakauslehti. 4/2016, p. 72-78 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

Open Access
File

Projects 2018 2022

Activities 2014 2019

University of Ghent, Department of English Studies

Kaisa Kortekallio (Visiting researcher)
1 Oct 201931 Mar 2020

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Narrative 2019

Kaisa Kortekallio (Attendee)
30 May 20191 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

3rd workshop of The Place of the Cognitive in Literary Study: Purpose (NOS-HS)

Kaisa Kortekallio (Attendee)
24 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Area X: The Weird and the Anthropocene

Kaisa Kortekallio (Attendee)
17 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Weird Ecologies and Storytelling Practices

Kaisa Kortekallio (Attendee)
4 Apr 20195 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Press / Media

Radiohaastattelu Puheen Aamussa

Kaisa Kortekallio

30/06/2016

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media