Copyright 2020 - Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung

Deadline: March 13, 2020


“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”
— attributed to Anne Frank


When: June 25–28, 2020
Where: The National Conference Center
Leesburg, VA

Deadline: February 21, 2020


University of Toronto’s Graduate Students’ Association of Italian Studies is pleased to announce that our conference, entitled Memory and Imagination in Italian Fiction and Non-Fiction, will be held on Friday May 8th and Saturday May 9th, 2020 in the Father Madden Hall, St. Michael’s College (University of Toronto). This year, we have the pleasure to host two guests as keynote speakers, Prof. Millicent Marcus (Yale University) and Prof. Arielle Saiber (Bowdoin College).

Deadline: April 2, 2020


Alternative Futurisms can be thought of as one response to the self-conscious, perplexed state of mind that confronts many discussions of race, gender, nations, and social justice today, especially those that grow from traditional “first contact” scenarios between Indigenous peoples and invading Empires. Naturally, realizing a difference in attitude between a now and a then leads one to question pasts, to expose presents, and to imagine futures. This handbook explores visions of our possible futures arising from non-Western cultures and ethnic histories that disrupt the “imperial gaze.” Alternative Futurisms takes back the narrative, discards the imperial gaze, and replaces it with a vision of the authentic experiences of people who historically have survived domination and conquest as told and retold from those lived experiences. In this respect, the collection will survey the origins and proliferation of Alternative Futurisms texts, to include print, online, film, games, television, comics, graphic novels, poems, plays: in short, any of the myriad genres that artists working within the Alternative Futurisms aesthetic experiment with. Alternative Futurisms is global in reach, and thus represents a solid opportunity to survey the similarities and variations in how artists enact the movement. The editors, Grace Dillon, Isiah Lavender III, Taryne Jade Taylor, and Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay seek contributors who would like to imagine what the future holds from the viewpoint of the colonized (ethnic, alternative, Indigenous).

Deadline: March 15, 2020


Edited by Jacob Blevins and Zahi Zalloua

The Netflix series Black Mirror offers a critical dramatization of the phantasmatic promises of transhumanism. Set in the near future, Black Mirror not only paints a pessimistic vision of our neoliberal lives as cyborgs—biological subjects wired into a technology integral to the construction and projection of self—but also foregrounds the persistence and problem of desire, exceeding the interpretive paradigm of transhumanism along with its investment in the willful subject of humanism. New technologies do not deliver us from our weaknesses; they do not limit our vulnerabilities, but intensify them. Indeed, new technologies induce anxiety, unsettling the desiring habits of subjects. What Black Mirror arguably solicits is a posthumanism supplemented by a psychoanalytic framework—where desire is understood as a desire for the other/Other (for the personal human other and for the anonymous figure of authority), where the object (and subject) of desire is constitutively doubled. Read as an allegory for our posthuman condition, Black Mirror stages desiring cyborgs not as immunized subjectivities (the dream of transhumanism), nor as post-subjectivities (the dream of some posthumanisms) but as subjectivities whose ontological otherness—their inherent inhuman excess—is put on full display.

Deadline: May 29, 2020


Science Fiction and Fantasy International Conference

School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon

November 26-27, 2020


Science Fiction and Fantasy are acknowledged fields of inquiry that for long have allowed us to put to the test our contemporary perceptions of the world. As privileged means to question issues of aesthetic, ethical, political, social, economic, historical and environmental nature with great impact on contemporary societies, they have also promoted cutting edge approaches and rich critical debate in literature as well as cinema, TV and videogames among other media. Given the relevance of these fields in (and out) the academic field, the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (ULICES) invites you to take part in the 6th International Conference Messengers From the Stars: On Science Fiction and Fantasy to be held at the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon, on November 26-27, 2020. This year, Episode VI will focus on the theme “Nature and Overnature in SF and Fantasy Discourses.”

Deadline: April 15, 2020


The presence of science fiction in university classrooms is by now no longer shocking; the genre has become a mainstay not only in literature and philosophy classrooms but also in STEM fields, as its predictions and extrapolations pose memorable and concrete case studies to explore the societal and ethical implications of technological innovation, as well as interesting practical engineering problems to try to solve with real-world science. As the world around us becomes more and more science fictional with each passing year—often in ways that have eerie resonance with the dystopian and apocalyptic predictions of years past—the speculations of science fiction will only have more purchase in our attempts to prepare our students for a future that seems very much in flux.

Deadline: May 15, 2020


taking place at
Karlstad University, Sweden
November 11-13, 2020.

Just like the Roman god Janus, speculative fiction looks into both the past and the future in its attempt to make sense of the bewildering clutter of events, phenomena, and ideas which constitute the present. Traditionally, science fiction has been the arena for speculating about the future, while the past has been the domain of the fantasy genre. However, fantasy may also take place in the present, as testified by the increasingly popular urban fantasy genre, and even the future can accommodate fantasies, such as Nalo Hopkinson's Brown Girl in the Ring. Meanwhile, subgenres such as alternative history or steampunk may be said to constitute science fictions of the past. In the shape of “creation stories,” speculative works such as J. R. R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion and C. S. Lewis’s The Magician’s Nephew narrate the beginning of history, whereas the apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic genres speculate about the end of history—and what comes after. And many forms of speculative fiction portray the evil that comes from the past to threaten the present, whether in the guise of an ancient vampire, a Dark Lord returning, or an alien roused from its aeons-long sleep.
The nature of time itself is also the focus of many speculative works. Adventurers into Faerie may find that years have passed after their one night away, and space travellers who go faster than the speed of light may experience the same. Normal temporal relations and principles are turned on end in time travel narratives such as H. G. Wells's The Time Machine, Philippa Pearce's Tom's Midnight Garden, or BBC's Doctor Who; and in Michael Ende’s Momo, the pivotal struggle between good and evil does not concern the fate of the world, but that of time.

Dear friends and colleagues,

A friend and I are putting together a panel on African-American alternate history for a conference at University College Dublin in December 2019, and we are looking for a third speaker to join us.

The title of the conference is:  Alternative Realities: New Challenges for American Literature in the Era of Trump

If you or yours works on some form, version, reflection on, and /or example of alternate histories within, about, or in response to contemporary African-American literature OR if you'd like more details about the conference or about the panel, please contact me: Keren Omry Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!  or Sonia Weiner Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!



An International Conference



To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the publication of Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, the 70th anniversary of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and the 50th anniversary of Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness, the ALIMENTOPIA Team invites fellow researchers to participate in More Meals to Come, an International Conference on Utopian/Dystopian Foodways. We are especially interested in multidisciplinary approaches bridging utopian studies and food studies within fields such as Literature, Linguistics, Culture, History, Nutrition, Psychology, Anthropology, and the Arts.