About the Editorial Board

Editor in Chief

Katarina O’Dette (she/her) is a Film and Television Studies PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham whose research centres on fantasy television, genre studies, and media industry studies. She received a BFA in screenwriting from the University of Southern California and an MLitt in Fantasy from the University of Glasgow. She serves as chair and programming officer on the Glasgow International Fantasy Conversations organising committee. Her research can be found in Fantastika JournalSlayageA Shadow Within: Evil in Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Extrapolation.

Vice Editors

Lucinda Holdsworth is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, where her research centres on contemporary depictions of the devil and trauma. She holds an MLitt in Fantasy from the University of Glasgow and a BA in English Literature from the University of Nottingham.

Grace Ann Thomas Worm (she/they) is a 2nd year PhD researcher on Female Fantasy in Tamora Pierce’s fantasy world of Tortall with a focus on gender, race, class, ecology, and new medievalism in contemporary American Young Adult Fantasy.  Grace is an accredited and experienced English Literature and Rhetoric International Bachelorette secondary teacher.  

Associate Editors

Emma French is a SGSAH-funded PhD researcher at the University of Glasgow, whose research focuses on Dungeons & Dragons and its intertextual relationship with fantasy literature. She holds an MLitt in Fantasy from the University of Glasgow and a BA in English Language & Literature from the University of Oxford.

Caighlan Smith is a PhD student at Memorial University of Newfoundland, holding a BA (Hons) in English Literature from Memorial University and an MLitt in Fantasy from the University of Glasgow. Her research interests include power dynamics, gender, monstrosity, and hero narratives in video games.

Raphaela Behounek is a PhD candidate at the University of Salzburg, where she is researching young adult fantastic fiction, pop culture, and how literature can offer guidance for primary world issues faced by young adult readers.

Bettina Juszak is a PhD student at York University, Toronto, with a focus on depictions of music in mythology and fantasy literature. Her heart lies with interdisciplinary research that does not easily fit into a single discipline. To that end, she has a Masters in Fantasy Literature from the University of Glasgow, a Bachelors of Linguistics from the University of Cambridge and now works in a Humanities department. Other research interests include comparative literature, translation, multlilingualism, constructed languages, use of accents and dialects in fiction, and fan studies.

Press Officers

Hannah Barton is a Postgraduate student for the University of Glasgow’s Fantasy Literature department. Her interests include all things weird, music, video games, D&D, and a hot cup of coffee.

Judith Schofield is an author, poet and postgraduate student of Fantasy within the University of Glasgow. She writes and reads queer and feminist genre fiction, with a particular passion for the Weird.

Amy Richmond is a current MLitt student at the University of Glasgow studying Fantasy Literature, following receiving her 1:1 MA(hons) in English from the University of Aberdeen. She has edited for both The Gaudie and The Glasgow Guardian, and her research interests include spatial theory, folklore and retellings, YA and children’s fiction, queer theory, and Scottish fiction.

Maggie White is a postgraduate student in the Fantasy Literature program at the University of Glasgow. Focusing primarily on fantastical/speculative literature, her research interests include the energy humanities, posthumanism, worldbuilding, and the Victorian imagination.

Student Outreach and Training Advisor

Gabriel Elvery is an LKAS PhD funded researcher at the University of Glasgow. They joined Glasgow to complete their Fantasy MLitt, and prior to that completed their Undergrad Degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies at The University of Warwick. Their current research project is focused on theorising applied player-reception theory for the Digital Fantastic in video games and considering the uses of this theory as a teaching tool. They are a co-organiser of the Game Studies at Glasgow reading group, Vice Editor of Press Start Journal and a member of the Games and Gaming Lab at The University of Glasgow.

Advisory Board

Dr Oliver Langmead

Dr Matthew Barr

Special Thanks

All illustrations are by Lois Langmead.

Mapping the Impossible was founded by Oliver Langmead, Emma French and Katarina O’Dette with help kindly provided by our sister publication, Press Start, and the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic.