PhD Urpo Kovala is a Senior Researcher at the Research Centre for Contemporary Culture at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Kovala’s main research interests are discourse, reception, fandom and fantasy research. Among others he has published Totutun tuolla puolen (Beyond the mundane, BTJ 2005) and Fantasian monet maailmat (Faces of fantasy, BTJ 2004) together with Irma Hirsjärvi and Kristian Blomberg. He was the leader of the international Young People Reading Fantasy (2003-2007) project. Kovala is the editor in chief of the refereed Publication series of the Research Centre, and in the editorial board of Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research.