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. 

Strategic themes / Focus areas
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 & Guynes, Sean M. (2017). Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling. (328 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Hassler-Forest, Dan (26.08.2017). The Politics of the Planet of the Apes. Los Angeles Review of Books

Hassler-Forest, Dan (2017). Special issue: The Mad Max Franchise. Science Fiction Film & Television, 10 (3), (pp. 301-447).

Hassler-Forest, Dan (22.12.2017). "The Last Jedi" - Saving Star Wars from Itself. Los Angeles Review of Books

Hassler-Forest, Dan (2016). Star Trek, Global Capitalism, and Immaterial Labor. Science Fiction Film & Television, 9 (3), (pp. 371-391).

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

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

All publications
  Books
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 (01.10.2018). Handbook of Comics and Graphic Novels. (400 p.). Berlin: De Gruyter.
Hassler-Forest, Dan & Guynes, Sean M. (2017). Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling. (328 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
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
Brooker, Will & Hassler-Forest, Dan (2017). ‘You’ll Find I’m Full of Surprises' - The Future of Star Wars. In Sean Guynes & Dan Hassler-Forest (Eds.), Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling (pp. 289-296). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Jenkins, Henry & Hassler-Forest, Dan (2017). 'I Have a Bad Feeling About This' - A Conversation about Star Wars and the History of Transmedia. In Sean A. Guynes & Dan Hassler-Forest (Eds.), Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling (pp. 15-34). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2017). Introduction - 'What is this strange world we've come to?'. Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling (pp. 11-13). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2017). Neoliberalism and Utopia - Kim Stanley Robinson’s Speculative Fiction. In Stephen Shapiro & Liam Kennedy (Eds.), Neoliberalism and American Literature Dartmouth College Press.
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 (pp. 407-423). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2017). Science Fiction and the Return of Empire - Global Capitalism, Tom Cruise, and the War on Terror (2000s-2010s). In Gerry Canavan & Eric Carl Link (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction Cambridge: 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). The Politics of World-Building - Heteroglossia in Janelle Monáe's Afrofuturist WondaLand. In Marta Boni (Eds.), World Building - Transmedia, Fans, Industries (pp. 377-391). Amsterdam University Press.
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2017). Transmedia Politics - Star Wars and the Ideological Battlegrounds of Popular Franchises. In Matthew Freeman & Renira Rampazzo Gambarato (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Transmedia Studies New York: Routledge.
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2017). Worlds and Politics. In Mark J.P. Wolf (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Imaginary Worlds (pp. 305-315) (11 p.). 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 (2017). 'Life Isn't Some Cartoon Musical' - Neoliberal Identity Politics in Zootopia and Orange is the New Black. Journal of Popular Culture
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2017). Mad Max - Between Apocalypse and Utopia. Science Fiction Film & Television, 10 (3), (pp. 301-306).
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, Dan (22.12.2017). "The Last Jedi" - Saving Star Wars from Itself. Los Angeles Review of Books
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2017). Mark Fisher, The Weird and the Eerie. Science Fiction Film & Television, 10 (3), (pp. 401-404).
Hassler-Forest, Dan (26.08.2017). The Politics of the Planet of the Apes. Los Angeles Review of Books
Hassler-Forest, Dan (26.12.2016). Politicizing Star Wars - Anti-Fascism vs. Nostalgia in Rogue One. Los Angeles Review of Books
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 (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).
  Websites / portals
  Special issue
Hassler-Forest, Dan (2017). Special issue: The Mad Max Franchise. Science Fiction Film & Television, 10 (3), (pp. 301-447).
  Conference
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (26.03.2017) Participant international Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts Orlando (23.03.2017 - 25.03.2017) Postcapitalism in Space: Kim Stanley Robinson's Utopian Imaginary
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (11.10.2017) Participant Transmedia Earth Medellín (11.10.2017 - 14.10.2017) Keynote lecture: Transmedia World-building and/as Global Capitalism
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (15.12.2016) Participant Where Are We Now? Temporalities of Globalisation Amsterdam (15.12.2016 - 16.12.2016) ‘Neoliberal Empire Strikes Back: Disney, Star Wars, and the Political Economy of Fan Labor’
  Workshop, seminar, course
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (31.10.2016) Participant What Would Frank Underwood Do? Amsterdam (31.10.2016) What Would Frank Underwood Do? Pop Culture and Politics
  Editorial activity
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (01.09.2016) Editorial board member Science Fiction Film & Television (Journal) Started work as co-editor of the journal as of September 2016.
  Invited talk
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (20.05.2017) Invited speaker Das Mag Festival Amsterdam (20.05.2017) "Je Hebt Wél Iets te Verbergen": Maurits Martijn en Dimitri Tokmetzis
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (25.09.2017) Invited speaker University College Groningen "The Odds are Never in Our Favor!" Fantastic World-building and (Anti-)Capitalism
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (16.11.2017) Invited speaker Tilburg Night University Tilburg (16.11.2017) Back to the Future: Nostalgia and Utopia in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (12.06.2017) Invited speaker The Science of Superheroes Amsterdam (12.06.2017) Be Careful What You Wish For: Superheroes, Science, and Ideology
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (02.02.2017) Invited speaker Entrée Late Night Amsterdam (02.02.2017) City of the Future: New York in Science Fiction
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (08.09.2017) Invited speaker Nacht van de Dictatuur Utrecht (08.09.2017) Donald Trump, Neo-Fascisme and de Verleidelijke Dictatuur van Hollywood
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (16.03.2017) Invited speaker Studium Generale: Lost in Transition Arnhem (16.03.2017) Dudebros vs. Feminazis: Media and Identity Politics in the Trump Age
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (12.03.2017) Invited speaker Impakt Event Utrecht (12.03.2017) Fake News and Algorithm Culture
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (13.05.2017) Invited speaker Marxisme Festival Amsterdam (12.05.2017 - 14.05.2017) Fantasy and Ideology in the Age of Post-Democratic Capitalism
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (08.02.2017) Invited speaker Sandberg Institute Fantasy and Ideology in the Age of Post-Democratic Capitalism
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (30.10.2017) Invited speaker Film: Behind the Scenes Amsterdam (21.09.2017 - 30.10.2017) Filmmuziek: Een Achtbaan van Beeld en Geluid
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (18.01.2017) Invited speaker Urban Future Studio The Hague (18.01.2017) Future Cities: Imagining Urban Spaces through Science Fiction
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (10.03.2017) Invited speaker If the Apocalypse Comes, Beep Me Arnhem (10.03.2017) If the Apocalypse Comes, Join the Resistance: Buffy and Politics
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (20.09.2017) Invited speaker Onbegrensd: De Toekomst van Intimiteit Amsterdam (20.09.2017) Intimiteit in het Tijdperk van Social Media
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (23.11.2017) Invited speaker Stuidum Generale: Filosofisch Café Delft (23.11.2017) Manipulatie in Media en Politiek: Filmcultuur als ideologisch slagveld
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (07.07.2017) Invited speaker Gender and Diversity Summer School Groningen (05.07.2017 - 08.07.2017) Mansplaining Pop Culture: Fragile Masculinity and the Rising Tide of White Supremacy
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (21.09.2017) Invited speaker Film: Behind the Scenes Amsterdam (21.09.2017 - 30.10.2017) Politiek en Propaganda
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (01.03.2017) Invited speaker CIMIC Thomas More Pop Culture and Politics: Superheroes and American ideological Hegemony
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (06.02.2017) Invited speaker The Global Auteur Brussels (08.02.2018) Richard Linklater: Post-nostalgic Auteurism and the Temporal Logic of Neoliberalism
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (03.09.2017) Invited speaker Impakt Talkshow Utrecht (03.09.2017) Science Fiction, Fantasy and Politics
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (08.03.2017) Invited speaker Leiden Scholieren Filmfestival Leiden (06.03.2017 - 10.03.2017) The Lion King: Disney en Ideologie
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (08.03.2017) Invited speaker Leiden Scholieren Filmfestival Leiden (06.03.2017 - 10.03.2017) The Little Mermaid: Disney en genderrollen
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (21.06.2017) Invited speaker Martin Scorsese Exhibition Amsterdam (24.05.2017) Van Fabriek naar Disneyland: Scorsese en Casino Capitalism
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (25.10.2017) Invited speaker Impakt Festival Utrecht (25.10.2017 - 29.10.2017) Warren Ellis: Myth & the River of Time
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (17.06.2017) Invited speaker Post-truth Fiction Arnhem (21.06.2017 - 24.06.2017) World-building in the Post-Truth Age
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (28.10.2016) Invited speaker Book presentation Arnhem (28.10.2016) Book presentation: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Politics
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (16.11.2016) Invited speaker Donald Trump en de gevolgen voor de democratie Amsterdam (16.11.2016) Donald Trump en de gevolgen voor de democratie, Spui 25 ism De Groene Amsterdammer
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (09.11.2016) Invited speaker Fast Forward: Arrival Amsterdam (09.11.2016) Science Fiction as Social Allegory: "Arrival" and the SF Tradition
Hassler-Forest, D.A. (09.11.2016) Invited speaker Wie Gaat er Winnen? Amsterdam (08.11.2016) Winter Is Coming: Donald Trump, Game of Thrones, and Post-Democratic Capitalism
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