Alternative Lives in Experimental Narratives


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Interactive Database
 The Portal to the Fantastic is available to researchers of the fantastic and is linked to related areas of interest, with the aim of fostering international and cross-disciplinary networks. Styleguide.
 Call for Contributions

ALiEN works in collaboration with research groups and centres from across Europe, including London, Bristol, Reims, Brno, Szeged, Tartu, Thessaloniki, Greifswald, Palma de Mallorca, Cork, Dublin, Gdansk, Tampere. Overseas collaboration include New Delhi, Fudan University Shanghai and Berkeley. 

Research Networks 
Interdisciplinary projects are set up within the framework of ALiEN in the Humanities (Literature Studies, Cultural Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Philosophy, Arts Studies), Social Sciences (Media Studies, History, Sociology), and in areas of the Life Sciences (Bio-ethics, History of Medicine). 

Funded Projects

  • FWF-Project:  Fantastic Body Transformations / Fantastische Körpertransformationen (Body Transformations in British Fantastic Literature from the Mid-Eighteenth Century to the Present), 2004 ? 2008. Funded by the Austrian Science Fund. 
  • Collaborative project: The Human Figure in (Post-)Modern Fantastic Literature and Art (Austria, Czech Republic), 2003 ? 2004. Funded by the Aktion Österreich-Tschechische Republik. 
  • Dissertation Network with the University of Szeged (Hungary): Human Bodies in British Fantastic Literature (Austria, Hungary), 2005 ? 2007. Funded by the Aktion Österreich-Ungarn. 
  • Dissertation Network with the Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic): Literature as Communication (Austria, Czech Republic), 2006. Funded by the Aktion Österreich-Tschechische Republik. 
  • Dissertation Network: The Fantastic: Genres and Media of Cultural Representation (Austria, Hungary), 2007 ? 2008. Funded by the Aktion Österreich-Ungarn. 
  • HERA JRP Networking Grant: EUROFAN ? New Directions of the European Fantastic After the Cold War, 2008. Funded by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area). 

International  Conferences and  Post-Graduate Workshops in Salzburg, Brno, Szeged, London, Fribourg, Reims. 
PhD Theses and Diploma Dissertations
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SF² – Society for Speculative Fiction
The  Society for Speculative Fiction was founded in November 2008 by students of the English Department, with the aim of making fantastic literature accessible to fellow students through lectures, film sessions and discussions.