Copyright 2017 - Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung

Deadline: 15.12.2017


Dinosaurier sind fester Bestandteil des phantastischen Films. Seit David Wark Griffiths Brute Force von 1914 begleiten sie uns durch die Filmgeschichte und prägen unser kollektives Bild der Wesen sowohl optisch als auch behavioristisch. Die seit 65 Millionen Jahren ausgestorbenen Tiere dienen dem Menschen als Projektionsfläche für Zeitgeist, menschliche Ängste, Nöte, Forscherdrang und Entdeckergeist. Dennoch wurde ihre kinematographische Erscheinung, einhergehend mit der jeweiligen Funktion im narrativen Kontext sowie der cineastischen Historie, bisher kaum in einen Diskurs der Filmwissenschaft, der Paläontologie und der Phantastikforschung eingebracht.

Weiterlesen: Dinosaurier in Film und Serie

A one-day symposium on Sci-Fi fan events in critical event, tourism and leisure studies

Deadline: 30th November 2017


Monday 11th June 2018: Cloth Hall, Leeds Beckett University (Leeds, UK)

Critical studies of SF Fandom are well-established, from early engagement by sociologists interested in why so many people attended SF conventions, to the seminal work of Tulloch and Jenkins on fans of Star Trek and Doctor Who. At the same time, scholars in leisure studies have been interested in the motivations, actions, identities and spaces of sports fans. This interest in fandom in leisure studies is now driven by a number of emerging trends: tourism studies scholars are increasingly interested in notions of fan mobilities and fan pilgrimage; critical events studies scholars are beginning to bringing their critique of events management to bear on corporate fan events, exploring the tensions between the commoditization of space and the articulation of identity in purpose built heterotopic environments; and some sociologists of leisure are arguing that fandom is challenged by the enormous changes to society brought about by post-industrialization and globalization. Whilst we are happy to support presentations that use PowerPoint, or similar, we wish to strongly encourage presentations that are more interactive and engage their audience in discussion and conversation, and not simply the sharing of research findings.

Weiterlesen: Singularities: Where the old rules no longer apply

A special issue of Deletion: The Open Access Online Forum in Science Fiction Studies. Edited by Sean Guynes

Deadline: January 5, 2018


Deletion calls for 2,000-word essays on the concept of “punk” as it has been used (and abused) in speculative fiction subgenres.

William Gibson, the godfather of cyberpunk, is credited with the phrase “The future is already here—it’s just not evenly distributed,” or some variation thereof. He’s been using it at least since the 1990s, with seemingly no source for its first usage, and it has since become a maxim used to describe the contemporary situation of hyper-futuristic technological modernity living alongside the massive systems of wealth and income inequality that structure global neoliberal life. In a word, the maxim defines neoliberalism. Its intent, not coincidentally, was to define the ethos of cyberpunk. “High tech. Low life,” as the online cyberpunk collective Neon Dystopia puts it: cyber- and -punk. Cyberpunk in its maximal manifestation signals a revolt against, within, and from the underbelly of the systems of power that allow science-fictional futures to coexist alongside ever-expanding economic and ideological gaps between the haves, the have-nots, the boot-strappers, and the never-will-haves. It channels the energy of punk in the era of digitality.

Weiterlesen: Punking Speculative Fiction

Deadline: December 15, 2017


Seeking papers for a panel on “Comics and the Midwest” at the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature annual symposium, May 17-19, 2018 at the Kellogg Conference Center, East Lansing, MI.

Weiterlesen: Comics and the Midwest, SSML: Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature

Deadline: 15th December 2017


You are invited to submit a paper for an edited volume tentatively titled The Celtic Obsession in Modern Fantasy Literature to be submitted to Palgrave Macmillan.

Scholarship on Celtic-inspired fantasy literature has mostly focused on source-studies of pre-1980s texts (e.g. Sullivan, 1989; White, 1998). Dimitra Fimi’s recent Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy: Idealization, Identity, Ideology (2017), has widened the discussion by engaging with the Celticism vs. Celtoscepticism debate, focusing on constructions of “Celtic” identities in children’s and young adult fantasies from the 1960s to the 2010s.

Weiterlesen: The Celtic Obsession in Modern Fantasy

deadline for submissions: January 31, 2018


Edited collection on Black Mirror. (Deadline for abstracts/proposals January 31st 2018)

name of organization: 

Dr Terence McSweeney, Southampton Solent University and Dr Stuart Joy, Southampton Solent University

contact emails: 


Very few television shows have been as intimately connected to the fears and anxieties of the global age as Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror (Channel 4, 2011-14, Netflix, 2014-). A variety of directors and writers have taken aim at what Brooker described as ‘the side effects’ of contemporary culture in the course of the nineteen episodes across four seasons. Brooker wrote, ‘If technology is a drug – and it does feel like a drug – then what, precisely, are the side effects? This area – between delight and discomfort – is where Black Mirror, my new drama series, is set. The 'black mirror' of the title is the one you'll find on every wall, on every desk, in the palm of every hand: the cold, shiny screen of a TV, a monitor, a smartphone.’

Weiterlesen: Edited collection on Black Mirror

Deadline: 15th February 2018

Fan Studies Network North America is proud to announce its first conference: DePaul University, Chicago, IL / October 25-27, 2018

Building on the success of the annual Fan Studies Network conference in the United Kingdom, and with the support of our international colleagues, we invite submissions for a North American fan studies conference. We welcome all topics and themes related to media, sports, music, and celebrity fandoms, discussions of affirmative and/or transformative fans and their contributions, as well as meta-questions such as ethics and methodology. We encourage submissions on gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, and other aspects of power and identity in fan works and fan communities.

Weiterlesen: Fandom—Past, Present, Future

Call for Papers: (extended): Utopia and Dystopia in the Age of Trump: Images from Literature and Visual Arts

Deadline:  February 1, 2018



Barbara Brodman and James E. Doan                                                                                   

Project Overview

Editors Brodman and Doan are seeking original essays for the fifth in a series of books on images of the supernatural and the futuristic in film, literature and visual arts.  Their first three volumes, The Universal Vampire: Origins and Evolution of a Legend (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013), Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013), and The Supernatural Revamped: From Timeworn Legends to Twenty-First-Century Chic (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016), placed emphasis on the evolution of a broad spectrum of timeworn images of the supernatural into their more modern—even chic—forms.  This volume and its predecessor, Apocalyptic Chic: Visions of the Apocalypse and Post-Apocalypse in Literature and Visual Arts (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2017), take the reader into the futuristic realm of apocalypse and post-apocalypse, utopias and dystopias.

Weiterlesen: Utopia and Dystopia in the Age of Trump: Images from Literature and Visual Arts

deadline: March 31, 2018


How does SF represent and reflect on economic life?

How do finance, value, exchange, production, and the everyday economic reality of people’s lives appear in SF? How might SF contribute to the ongoing evolution of economics? And what might creators of science fiction, as custodians of radical visions of social organisation, learn from economics at this critical moment?

Weiterlesen: Economics and SF