Copyright 2018 - Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung

Deadline: June 30, 2018

 

This anthology is seeking to define the new kinds of heroines that science fiction/fantasy films and television are producing right now (it may be split into two collections between these types). Multiple proposals are fine (certainly, non-genre programs are doing the same, but for the time being the scope will be limited to scifi and fantasy films). Hunger Games has been chosen as the cutting-off point – films and television should be later than 2012 and have significant heroines. Though the term is imperfect, these heroines will be described as fourth wave feminist – the authors in the collection can be the trendsetters who help define the term.

Read more: Fourth Wave Feminism in Science Fiction & Fantasy

Deadline: June 30, 2018.

 

The 4th International Conference on Slavic Fantastic Literature.

Conference Dates: October 22-23, 2018.

Conference hosted by: Department of Slavic Studies, University of Gdańsk, Poland and the "Kultopia" Foundation.

 Modern fantastic literature is strongly related to the circumstances in which it appears, and at the same time it is a global phenomenon. The libraries of fantastic literary and movie production are becoming ever richer, which requires the attention of researchers, translators and critics, with the aim of establishing stronger ties between various literary and artistic centers, and contributing to the exchange of ideas, literary practices and authorial fantasies. The creators of modern fantastic literature have long been trying not only to entertain their readers and viewers, but also to examine our complex reality or to speculate about a near or far future. Another issue is the receiver's horizon of expectations, strongly related to the reception of literature and its transformations in other media. Organizers of the conference, prompted by the aforementioned facts, are pleased to invite interested researchers engaged in the field of literary reception and in particular the receptions of fantastic literature to take part in our conference.

Read more: Reception and Translations of Fantastic Literature: Author's Fantasies and Ideas of the Epoch

Deadline: 15 July 2018

 

Student Conference, English Department, University of Freiburg, 19-20 October 2018

Identity formation operates through processes of exclusion by defining the self against an other. As Sencindiver et al argue: “[O]therness has been inseparable from human identity and affairs from time immemorial – the birth of subjectivity ineluctably implicates the birth of its concomitant and allegedly dark twin”. Alterity is a concept of ongoing relevance and describes “the quality of strangeness inherent in the other”. The relationship between self and other is based on hierarchical power structures that stem from an essentialist mind-set and serve as justifications of exclusionary practices such as imperialism, sexism and anthropocentrism. With the emergence of postmodern theory in the 1960s, the validity of these hierarchies has been continually called into question. Especially the deconstruction of the divide between high and popular culture led to a pluralisation of perspectives, giving a voice to those who had formerly been excluded and silenced.

Read more: Fantastic Beasts, Monstrous Cyborgs, Aliens and Other Spectres: Exploring Alterity in Fantasy and...

Deadline: Friday the 29th of June 2018

 

One of the fundamental questions around which any mode of political thought must necessarily be structured is: “How should I act?”. We wish to use this conference to suggest “in order to make the world a better place” as an adjunct to this question; one which is both evoked and evaded by contemporary political thought. Through this suggestion we aim to relocate utopia from its popularly understood position as an imagined, perfect space which acts as an ultimate goal of political action and instead to situate it within this foundational question. We understand the relationship between act and utopianism not as that between blueprint and result or praxis and theory, but rather as an inextricable, many-directional connection where action is always coloured by its own utopian potential, while utopianism is unthinkable outside of the actions which create it.

Read more: Utopian Acts

Deadline: 1 August 2018

*Religions* journal is seeking submissions for a special issue on religion and science fiction, with a focus on depictions of religion as a society-shaping force. A description of the project follows, along with a link to the journal website with information about the submission process.

Even though the website mentions an ‘article processing charge,’ it is being waived or covered by a grant. If I can be of any help in conferring about any topic you might have in mind, or can answer any questions, please let me know.

Read more: So Say We All: Religion and Society in Science Fiction

The OGOM Project is known for its imaginative events and symposia, which have often been accompanied by a media frenzy. We were the first to invite vampires into the academy back in 2010. Our most recent endeavour, Company of Wolves: Werewolves, Shapeshifters and Feral Humans enjoyed extensive coverage globally and saw us congratulated in the THES for our ambitious 3 day programme which included actual wolves, ‘a first for a UK academy’. Our fourth conference will be an exciting collaboration with the Supernatural Cities: Narrated Geographies and Spectral Histories project at the University of Portsmouth. Supernatural Cities will enjoy its third regeneration, having previously convened in Portsmouth and Limerick.

Read more: OGOM & Supernatural Cities present: The Urban Weird

CfP: Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction

 

The Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction is a peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal hosted by the University of California at Riverside, affiliated with the UCR Library’s Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy. Graduate student editors run the Eaton Journal, with scholarly review provided by an interdisciplinary executive board made up of SF scholars, research librarians, and archivists.

Read more: CfP: Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction

Deadline: May 1, 2017

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

Read more: 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.

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