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CFP: Suvin Today?


A Roundtable Discussion

The Society for Utopian Studies (November 9-12, 2017 in Memphis, TN)

Deadline: July 8, 2017


Co-Organizers: Gerry Canavan and Hugh O’Connell

Nearly 45 years ago in December 1972, Darko Suvin published the signal sf studies text, ‘On the Poetics of the Science Fiction Genre.’ It was this article that (in)famously introduced ?SF as the literature of cognitive estrangement,’ and which was later expanded for the equally trailblazing Metamorphoses of Science Fiction: On the Poetics and History of a Literary Genre (1979). Writing in the introduction to the recent Ralahine Classics edition of Metamorphoses, Gerry Canavan notes that although sf studies certainly predated this text, its publication was a watershed moment, delimiting a foundational discourse for science fiction studies. Indeed, whether in agreement or in strict opposition to Suvin’s work, it is still rare to find sf criticism that does not set out from Suvin. However, in recent years, the ‘Suvin Event,’ as it has come to be known, seems increasingly to garner detractors with ever more calls to dislodge the Suvinian paradigm from the heart of sf studies. These works often proceed in the name of a more nuanced attention to the socio-historical function of genre studies, as a dismissal of the hierarchical ordering of speculative forms, or as an end to sf as a particular form with a particular vocation altogether. Yet Suvin did more than offer a formal definition of sf. While much has been written, particularly in relation to the notion of ‘cognition’ and the formal gatekeeping rigidity of Suvin’s work, the utopian and radical historical materialist aspects of Suvin’s work are often lost or submerged by a long critical commentary that has fixated on its structural weaknesses (whether real or perceived). And this occlusion perhaps goes doubly so for his work in the historicization and internationalization of sf studies.

Weiterlesen: Suvin Today?

CfP: The Uncanny in Language, Literature and Culture, August 2017, London, UK


Deadline: 31 May 2017

The twentieth-century literature and culture tended to explore and to celebrate subjectivity. But this tendency did not mean the turn to the self, but beyond the self, or as Charles Taylor puts it, “to a fragmentation of experience which calls our ordinary notions of identity into question”.

In his attempts to define the uncanny Freud asserted that it is undoubtedly related to what is frightening – to what arouses dread and horror. It may be something domestic but at the same time unfriendly, dangerous, something that sets the sense of insecurity within the four walls of one’s house. “Persons, things, sense-impressions, experiences and situations which are known and long familiar arouse in us the feeling of danger, fear and even horror. Everyday objects may suddenly lose their familiar side, and become messengers”.

Weiterlesen: CfP: The Uncanny in Language, Literature and Culture, August 2017, London, UK

Deadline: May 1, 2017

full name / name of organization:
Anne DeLong/Transylvanian Society of Dracula

Weiterlesen: CfP: Journal of Dracula Studies

Deadline: April 30th 2017

Most handbooks on the subject of horror focus specifically on film, whereas books on the literary manifestations of horror tend to be bound to the idea of the “Gothic.” The current field of Gothic studies grows out of the study of Romanticism, and refers specifically to a late eighteenth-century genre, but has also come to denote a critical approach to literature, film, and culture, drawing on psychoanalysis, post structural criticism, feminist and queer theory. These perspectives are all to be included here, but the book responds to a growing sense that “horror” is itself a worthwhile focus of analysis. This handbook will focus very strongly on literature, giving it specific value on established English literature University courses worldwide, and allowing for an exploration of horror that looks further back than the Gothic. It also takes an international approach. Each chapter will achieve a balance between a useful overview or context of the selected topic as well as posing an original argument.

Weiterlesen: CfP: The Handbook to Horror Literature – select chapters needed!


Tagung: Caspar Walter Rauh und der Phantastische Realismus


Deadline: 15. Juni 2017


In der deutschen Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts ist der Zeichner, Illustrator, Maler und Schriftsteller Caspar Walter Rauh (1912-1983) einer der großen und weitgehend noch zu entdeckenden Einzelgänger. Die wissenschaftliche Erschließung seines Werkes steht noch immer am Anfang. Seit seinen künstlerischen Anfängen in den Jahren des Zweiten Weltkriegs verbinden sich in Rauhs Schaffen in irritierender Weise Reaktionen auf die Traumatisierungen durch das epochale Grauen mit der Lust an ironischer Realitätsflucht in phantastische Gegenwelten, in Idylle und Humor. Rauhs oft traumhaften Szenerien konfrontieren den Betrachter gleichermaßen mit der Barbarei des 20. Jahrhunderts, mit Leid, Tod und Vernichtung wie auch mit Entwürfen utopisch-idyllischer Daseinsformen. Seine Werke sind geprägt von narrativen Elementen, sie erzählen Geschichten in einer phantastisch-surrealen, privatmythologisch aufgeladenen Bildersprache, in der Fische und Vögel, Pflanzen und skurrile Fortbewegungsmittel eine zentrale Rolle spielen.

Weiterlesen: CfP: Tagung: Caspar Walter Rauh und der Phantastische Realismus

CfP: 42nd Meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies, Memphis, TN

Deadline: July 15, 2017


Conference Theme: Utopian Gracelands, Dystopian Blues, and the City on the Bluff

When: Nov 9-12, 2017
Where: Doubletree By Hilton Memphis Downtown, 185 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN

The Society for Utopian Studies is pleased to be meeting once again in Memphis, Tennessee, and invites you to submit papers and proposals on the theme, “Utopian Gracelands, Dystopian Blues, and the City on the Bluff.” As an interdisciplinary society from its founding, we encourage scholars and practitioners from any academic field to join and participate, as well as architects, city planners, artists, musicians—anyone whose work relates to utopian thought and possibility, and dystopian realities and visions. Members of intentional communities are also welcome to attend and/or to present.

Abstracts and proposals of up to 250 words are due by 15 July 2017 for the following:

· a 15-20 minute individual paper;
· a full panel of up to four speakers, or an informal roundtable of 3-6 presenters (encouraged!);
· a performance of a creative work or presentation of an artwork or artifact;
· a visual/audio presentation in the form of a poster and/or demo.

As we do every year, the Society invites papers on any topic related to the literature, history and theory of utopia in literature and practice. This broad umbrella covers dystopia, science fiction, speculative fiction, communal experiments and failures, film representations of any of the above.

However, we especially welcome proposals related to our place-based conference theme: Utopian Gracelands, Dystopian Blues, and the City on the Bluff. The City of Memphis is famous for many things: its role in “King Cotton” and the slave trade; its role in the Civil Rights Movement; its music of blues, soul, and jazz; its barbecue and catfish; and, of course, its river. Within walking distance of the Doubletree Downtown, you can visit iconic sites representing each of these: The National Civil Rights Museum; Beale Street, Sun Studios, and (a short drive from downtown) Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland; the Rendezvous for barbecue; and you can’t really miss the “mighty” Mississippi River.

Less well known is the history of indigenous peoples from the Quapaw and Chickasaw Nations, who inhabited the area now known as Memphis on the Mississippi River bluffs, and forced to leave during the Indian Removals of the 1800s. Burial mounds are still visible within the city limits. (Other Tennessee tribes include the Shawnee, Yuchi, Cherokee, and Koasati).

Memphis also claims its fame as the home of FedEx, and of America’s first supermarket chain, Piggly Wiggly. Memphis history thus provides a wide variety of possible approaches and topics related to utopian and dystopian thought and practice. We particularly invite papers related to any aspect of the following:

· Civil Rights and Utopian Political Movements: the history of utopian politics and political movement in Memphis and the South; “the Promised Land”
· Indigenous Communities: Utopia and Dystopia, Before and After the European Arrival
· Global Memphis: from riverboats to vapor trails; transnational exchanges (of cotton, slaves, culture, and packages)
· The Mississippi River in Song and Literature
· The Memphis Sound and the History of Contemporary Music
· African American Literatures and Histories
· Southern Intentional Communities
· Indigenous Literatures and Histories
· Graceland: Elvis Presley and/or his famous home; but also the concept of grace, and its relation to utopian thinking or thematics. Another possible related topic: Celebrity
· Supermarkets and Consumer Utopias

As noted above, non-theme related papers are always accepted! Recent themes of interest at our meetings have included:

· Science/Speculative Fictions from around the world
· Digital Humanities—given the longevity of Utopia and its many imitators, what forms of technology showcase this texts or other imagined or real-world utopias?
· Teaching—pedagogical issues in teaching Utopia and similar works of utopian fiction, teaching dystopian works, theories of teaching speculative fiction
· Artwork—presentations or displays of art and/or analyses of utopian themes in the works of Memphis or Southern artists

**DEADLINE: 15 July 2017 for 250-word abstracts and proposals**

Please use our online forms for submissions by clicking on Submit A Proposal on our conference website,

For information about registration, travel or accommodations, please contact Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor at ; for information about panel topics, assistance finding co-panelists, and other questions about the conference program, please contact Andrew Byers or Elizabeth Schreiber-Byers at . Those looking for co-panelists are reminded that H-Utopia ( offers a platform for sending out panel CFPs.

And for information on restaurants, local maps, transportation, and other information about the Memphis area, visit

cfp-"The Fantastic and the Urban"



The call for papers for articles for the sections “Monograph” and “Miscellaneous” for the Vol. V n.º1 issue of Brumal. Revista de Investigación sobre lo Fantástico /Brumal. Research Journal on the Fantastic is now open.

Scholars who wish to contribute to either of these two sections should send us their articles by june 30, 2017, registering as authors on our web page. The Guidelines for Submissions may be found on the Submissions section of the web page.

Monographic issue “The Fantastic and the Urban” (José Duarte and Ana Daniela Coelho, Coords.)

Deadline: June 30, 2017

There is a special connection between the Fantastic and the Urban, particularly in a subgenre like the Urban Fantastic, which describes works that are mainly set in the urban space. These matters have become increasingly popular since the late 90’s with well-known works as, for instance, Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman, 1996) or Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (Joss Whedon, 1997). Exploring themes like the coexistence between the real and imagined worlds or the inscription of myths, magic or the supernatural in real cities, these works subvert the codes of reality with increasing complexity, presenting alternatives and visions that question identities and representations, and also reflect upon the cultural and social values of the nations they personify.


Weiterlesen: cfp-"The Fantastic and the Urban"

Deadline: Open Call.

Series Editor: Professor Sonja Fritzsche, Michigan State University

The book series World Science Fiction Studies understands science fiction to be a global phenomenon and explores the various manifestations of the genre in cultures around the world. It recognizes the importance of Anglo-American contributions to the field but promotes the critical study of science fiction in other national traditions, particularly German-speaking. It also supports the investigation of transnational discourses that have shaped the science fiction tradition since its inception. The scope of the series is not limited to one particular medium and encourages study of the genre in both print and digital forms (e.g. literature, film, television, transmedial). Theoretical approaches (e.g. post-human, gender, genre theory) and genre studies (e.g. film shorts, transgenre such as science fiction comedy) with a focus beyond the Anglo-American tradition are also welcome.

Proposals for monographs and edited collections in either English or German are invited. For more information, please contact Dr Laurel Plapp, Senior Commissioning Editor, Peter Lang Ltd, 52 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU, UK. Email: . Tel: +44 (0) 1865 514160.

Deadline: Open Call.

Science Fiction Film and Television continues to invite submissions for upcoming issues. Preferred length for articles is approximately 7000–9000 words; all topics related to science fiction film, television, and related media will be considered. Typical response time is within three months. Check the journal website at Liverpool University Press for full guidelines for contributors (; please direct any individualized queries to .