Profile

Dan Hassler-Forest has a background in film and television studies and English literature. He worked for several years as a lecturer in Media Studies and English Literature at the University of Amsterdam, where he defended his dissertation on the ideological and ideological aspects of superhero films after 9/11. From 2011 until 2015, he worked as assistant professor in the English literature department at the University of Amsterdam, before moving to Utrecht University in 2015. 

His first book was a collection of essays on comics and graphic novels published in October 2010. His monograph Capitalist Superheroes, published by Zero Books in 2012, offers a critical analysis of the political implications of the 21st-century superhero movie. His short book Transmedia: Storytelling in the Digital Age was published (in Dutch) by Amsterdam University Press in 2013. A co-edited collection on adaptation studies and convergence culture titled The Politics of Adaptation: Media Convergence and Ideology appeared in 2015. His newest book Science Fiction, Fantasy and Politics: Transmedia World-building Beyond Capitalism will be published in August 2016 by Rowman & Littlefield International. Together with Matt Hills, he co-edits the book series "Transmedia: Participatory Culture and Media Convergence" for Amsterdam University Press. He is currently working on a comics studies handbook and an edited collection on the transmedia history of the Star Wars franchise.

Dan is also a regular contributor to various journals and publications, including Science Fiction Film and TelevisionAdaptationThe Journal of Popular Culture, and Studies in Comics. He is a frequent public speaker, collaborating with many cultural institutions such as the John Adams Institute, EYE Film Museum, Felix Meritis, Spui25, De Rode Hoed, and College Club. He is also a recurring presence in the Dutch news media, giving interviews for television, radio, and the printed press on film and television culture. 

Involved in the following study programme(s)
Scientific expertise
Critical Political Economy
Cultural Theory
fan studies

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Key publications

Hassler-Forest, Dan (2016). Skimmers, dippers, and divers - Campfire’s Steve Coulson on transmedia marketing and audience participation. Participations, 13 (1), (pp. 682-692) (11 p.).

Hassler-Forest, Dan (2016). Science Fiction, Fantasy and Politics - Transmedia World-building Beyond Capitalism. (224 p.). London: Rowman & Littlefield International.

Hassler-Forest, Dan (2015). The Politics of World-Building - Heteroglossia in Janelle Monáe's Afrofuturist Wondaland. Paradoxa: Studies in Literary Genres, 26, (pp. 284-303) (21 p.).

Hassler-Forest, Dan (2015). Of Iron Men and Green Monsters - Superheroes and Posthumanism. In Michael Hauskeller, Thomas D. Philbeck & Curtis Carbonell (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Posthumanism in Film and Television (pp. 66-76) (11 p.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hassler-Forest, Dan (2014). Zombie Spaces. The Year's Work at the Zombie Research Center (pp. 116-149) (34 p.). London: Indiana University Press.

Hassler-Forest, Dan (2014). Transmedia - Verhalen Vertellen in het Digitale Tijdperk. (150 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Hassler-Forest, Dan (2012). Capitalist Superheroes - Caped Crusaders in the Neoliberal Age. (286 p.). Hants: Zero Books.

All publications
  Books
Hassler-Forest, Dan & Guynes, Sean M. (2017). Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2016). Science Fiction, Fantasy and Politics - Transmedia World-building Beyond Capitalism. (224 p.). London: Rowman & Littlefield International.
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2014). Transmedia - Verhalen Vertellen in het Digitale Tijdperk. (150 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2012). Capitalist Superheroes - Caped Crusaders in the Neoliberal Age. (286 p.). Hants: Zero Books.
  Book editorship
Hassler-Forest, Dan, Vanderbeke, Dirk & Domsch, Sebastian (2017). Handbook of Comics and Graphic Novels. (400 p.). Berlin: De Gruyter.
Hassler-Forest, Dan & Nicklas, Pascal (2015). The Politics of Adaptation - Media Convergence and Ideology. (265 p.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Hassler-Forest, Dan & Goggin, J. (2010). The Rise and Reason of Comics and Graphic Literature - Critical Essays on the Form. (244 p.). McFarland Press.
  Book parts / chapters
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2017). Roads Not Taken in Hollywood’s Comic Book Movie Industry - Popeye, Dick Tracy, and Hulk. In Thomas Leitch (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2017). Selling The Force Awakens - Fan Labor and Brand Management. In William Proctor & Robert McCulloch (Eds.), Disney's Star Wars - Forces of Production and Promotion Iowa State University Press.
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2017). World-building and Politics. In Mark J.P. Wolf (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Imaginary Worlds New York: Routledge.
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2016). Le Regard Panoptique de la Chauve-Souris. In Laurent de Sutter (Eds.), Vies et Morts des Super-Héros (pp. 141-162). Paris: Presses Universitaires de France.
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2016). Richard Linklater's Post-Nostalgia and the Temporal Logic of Neoliberalism. In Jeremi Szaniawski & Seung-hoon Jeong (Eds.), The Global Auteur - The Politics of Authorship in 21st Century Cinema (pp. 199-216). New York: Bloomsbury.
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2015). Game of Thrones - Quality TV and the Cultural Logic of Gentrification. In Dan Hassler-Forest & Pascal Nicklas (Eds.), The Politics of Adaptation - Media Convergence and Ideology (pp. 187-200) (14 p.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Hassler-Forest, Dan & Nicklas, Pascal (2015). Introduction. In Dan Hassler-Forest & Pascal Nicklas (Eds.), The Politics of Adaptation - Media Convergence and Ideology (pp. 1-4) (4 p.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2015). Of Iron Men and Green Monsters - Superheroes and Posthumanism. In Michael Hauskeller, Thomas D. Philbeck & Curtis Carbonell (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Posthumanism in Film and Television (pp. 66-76) (11 p.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2015). Superheroes and the Law - Batman, Superman, and the 'big Other'. In Laurent de Sutter (Eds.), Zizek and the Law (pp. 101-117) (17 p.). London: Routledge.
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2014). The Walking Dead - Quality Television, Transmedia Serialization and Zombies. Serialization in Popular Culture (pp. 91-105) (15 p.). Routledge.
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2014). Zombie Spaces. The Year's Work at the Zombie Research Center (pp. 116-149) (34 p.). London: Indiana University Press.
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2011). From Flying Man to Falling Man - Post-9/11 Superhero Narratives. Portraying 9/11 - Essays on Representations in Comics, Literature, Theater and Film (17 p.). Jefferson: McFarland.
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2010). From Trauma Victim to Terrorist - Redefining Superheroes in Post-9/11 Hollywood. Comics as a Nexus of Cultures Jefferson: McFarland.
Hassler-Forest, Dan & Goggin, J. (2010). Introduction. The Rise and Reason of Comics and Graphic Literature - Critical Essays on the Form Jefferson: McFarland.
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2010). The 300 Controversy - A Case Study in the Politics of Adaptation. The Rise and Reason of Comics and Graphic Literature - Critical Essays on the Form Jefferson: McFarland.
  Articles
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2016). Skimmers, dippers, and divers - Campfire’s Steve Coulson on transmedia marketing and audience participation. Participations, 13 (1), (pp. 682-692) (11 p.).
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2016). Star Trek, Global Capitalism, and Immaterial Labor. Science Fiction Film & Television, 9 (3), (pp. 371-391).
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2016). Utopian Afrofuturism in The Wiz. Science Fiction Film & Television, 9 (1), (pp. 88-90).
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2015). The Politics of World-Building - Heteroglossia in Janelle Monáe's Afrofuturist Wondaland. Paradoxa: Studies in Literary Genres, 26, (pp. 284-303) (21 p.).
Hassler-Forest, Dan (06.01.2014). De Terreur van de Realistische Superheld. Das Magazin, 8.
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2013). American Splendor - Narrative and Biography Between Media. Passepartout
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2011). Cowboys and Zombies - Destabilizing Patriarchal Discourse in The Walking Dead. Studies in Comics, 2 (2), (pp. 339-355).
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2007). The 300 Controversy - A Case Study in the Politics of Adaptation. Film and History, Controversial Films.
  Book reviews
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (26.12.2016). Politicizing Star Wars - Anti-Fascism vs. Nostalgia in "Rogue One". Los Angeles Review of Books
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2016). Saturday Night Live and American TV. Journal of Popular Television, 4 (2).
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2015). Comics and the City - Urban Space in Print, Picture and Sequence. Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art, 2 (1).
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2010). Kernthema's in de Filmwetenschap. Tijdschrift voor mediageschiedenis, 13 (1).
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2008). The Cinema of Attractions Reloaded. Film and History, 38 (1).
  Lectures
D.A. Hassler-Forest (15.12.2016) ‘Neoliberal Empire Strikes Back: Disney, Star Wars, and the Political Economy of Fan Labor’
D.A. Hassler-Forest (16.11.2016) Donald Trump en de gevolgen voor de democratie, Spui 25 ism De Groene Amsterdammer
D.A. Hassler-Forest (28.10.2016) In-store book presentation.
D.A. Hassler-Forest (09.11.2016) Masterclass on science-fiction as part of a sneak preview of the film ARRIVAL.
D.A. Hassler-Forest (31.10.2016) What Would Frank Underwood Do? Pop Culture and Politics
D.A. Hassler-Forest (09.11.2016) Winter Is Coming: Donald Trump, Game of Thrones, and Post-Democratic Capitalism
  Editorial activity
D.A. Hassler-Forest (01.09.2016) Started work as co-editor of the journal as of September 2016.
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