A1 Journal article (refereed)
Framing War and the Nonhuman in Science-Fiction Television : The Affective Politics of V (2020)

Koistinen, A.-K. (2020). Framing War and the Nonhuman in Science-Fiction Television : The Affective Politics of V. Fafnir, 7(2), 32-48. http://journal.finfar.org/articles/framing-war-and-the-nonhuman-in-science-fiction-television/

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editorsKoistinen, Aino-Kaisa

Journal or seriesFafnir


Publication year2020


Issue number2

Pages range32-48

PublisherFINFAR Society

Publication countryFinland

Publication languageEnglish

Persistent website addresshttp://journal.finfar.org/articles/framing-war-and-the-nonhuman-in-science-fiction-television/

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/73472


This article investigates how war between humans and aliens is framed in the original and reimagined versions of the SF television series V and the affective responses and ethical considerations that these frames evoke. Inspired by the work of Judith Butler and Sarah Ahmed and by posthumanist thinking, I analyse how SF television takes part in the cultural formation of “livable lives” for both human and nonhuman beings. It is argued that the kinds of violence that art or the media, including fiction, represent matter for the formation of ethical and political responses to violence.

Keywordsscience fiction seriesothernessviolence (activity)warsemotionsposthumanismgender research

Free keywordslivability; affect; aliens; frames of war; science-fiction television

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2020

JUFO rating1

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