Author’s Bio: Bettina Charlotte Burger is a research assistant, lecturer, and doctoral candidate at the Heinrich-Heine University of Dusseldorf. Their dissertation argues that fantasy literature ought to be considered as world literature in its scope and that world literary readings of individual examples of world fantasy are highly productive as well as necessary. They have co-edited a collection on Nonhuman Agencies in The Twenty-First-Century Anglophone novel as well as several articles in the field of speculative fiction. Additionally, they are a Digi Fellow and project co-leader for “Charting the Australian Fantastic”, for which they produce Open Educational Resources.
David Kern is a lecturer and PhD candidate at the University of Cologne’s English Department, where he teaches courses on Indigenous Australian and Canadian writing, post-colonial theory and the intersections of literature, art, and activism. His doctoral project explores forms- and representations of resistance to the coloniality of resource extraction in Indigenous Australian and Canadian fiction, comics, graphic novels, and picturebooks. Together with Katrin Althans and Beate Neumeier, he has edited the collection Migrant Australia—From Botany Bay to Manus Island (2022, WVT Trier).
Lucas Mattila is a research assistant, lecturer, and doctoral candidate at the Heinrich-Heine University of Dusseldorf. His dissertation deals with Stimmung in Contemporary Anglophone Literature, which explores affective presences. Additionally, he is a Digi Fellow and project co-leader for “Charting the Australian Fantastic”. His work has been published in ZAA (Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik) and Journal of Science Fiction (forthcoming).