Weird Fictions Research Group

Head: dr Agnieszka Kotwasińska

Weird Fictions Research Group emerged in early 2020 out of the W.E.I.R.D. Students’ Reading Group which was established in 2018 at the American Studies Center, the University of Warsaw. Our research group invites students and early career researchers interested in all types of weird fictions.

If you enjoy weird fiction, SF, horror, and fantasy, our research group is a place for you. Join our discussions, movie screenings, seminars, guest lectures, and special events. We meet twice every month.

Our Fall 2018 schedule was devoted to questions of taste and paranoid reading, SF graphic novels, nostalgia and 80s animation. In the spring of 2019 we looked at cyber-punk and the posthuman. During Fall 2019 we discussed body horror in different cultural texts.

In Spring 2020 we talked about hybridity, monstrosity and transgression in SFF/horror/the weird and in Fall we’ll talk about ecoGothic.

Weird Fictions Research Group invites you to EcoGothic Landscapes – a series of meetings with our groups’ members and invited guests.

This Fall we’ll talk about the messiness, the horror and the beauty of a transversal, intra-connected, deeply enmeshed world of human and non-human animals, plants, fungi… and more.

Follow this page and our Facebook profile for more information and Zoom links

EcoGothic Landscapes

  • November 23, 2020
    Brittany A. Roberts 
    (Southeastern Louisiana University)
    Ecological Intimacies in the Anthropocene: Horror, Ethics, and the Shadow of Nonhuman Difference
  • December 1, 2020
    Alison Sperling (Technische Universität Berlin)
    Weird Fiction and Ecological Thought
  • December 14, 2020
    Beata Kubiak Ho-Chi (University of Warsaw)
    Bliskie spotkania z istotami nie-ludzkimi we współczesnej literaturze japońskiej [In Polish]
  • January 18, 2021
    Olga Zwolak (independent researcher)
    The Occult Classics
  • January 25, 2021
    Jędrzej Burszta (University of Warsaw)
    Weird Space Junkies: Speculations on the Psychedelic 

ASC students receive 2 OZN points per meeting, and event organisers 4 OZN.

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Artwork by Lena Solo (@lenasolo.art)