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 & 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 & 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. (08.02.2017) Invited speaker Sandberg Institute Fantasy and Ideology in the Age of Post-Democratic Capitalism
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. (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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