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Deadline:  1 March 2019

 

SCIENCE FICTION RESEARCH ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2019: Facing the Future, Facing the Past: Colonialism, Inidigeneity, and SF. Friday, June 21 - Monday, June 24, 2019. Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii

 

Keynote Speaker: Nalo Hopkinson,

The Science Fiction Research Association invites proposals for its 2019 annual conference, to be held on the campus of Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii.

“I ka wā mua, ka wā ma hope” is a Hawaiian proverb that can be translated, “In the past lies the future,” or more literally, “In what is in front of you is found what is behind you.” In the Native Hawaiian way of thinking, according to scholar Lilikalā Kame‘eleihiwa, “The Hawaiian stands firmly in the present, with his back to the future, and his eyes fixed upon the past, seeking historical answers for present-day dilemmas.” Another way of interpreting this saying might be, you must face the past to prepare yourself for the future. Thinking about this Hawaiian proverb in the context of science fiction brings up questions about ways of knowing, ways of orienting ourselves in time and space, the relation of our notions of the possible to our understanding of history, the ethical and political obligations of our scientific-technological practice in relation to the past and the future, and our expectations of social change as well as our sense of how it comes about.

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Deadline: January 7th, 2019

 

REPRESENTATION IN THE TIME OF THE POSTHUMAN: TRANSHUMAN ENHANCEMENT IN 21ST CENTURY STORYTELLING. 16th International Conference on Contemporary Narratives in English. University of Zaragoza, Spain. May 29-31, 2019

The drive towards personal progress may be considered intrinsic to the human species. Whether intellectual, emotional, spiritual or bodily, perfection –or, less ambitiously, improvement– has always been pursued by different means like education, cultural development, meditation, or physical exercise, to name a few. What seems to have changed in recent decades is the tools available in the race for individual enhancement, given the rapidly evolving fields of science and technology as applied to human desires to enlarge one’s memory and intelligence, lengthen one’s life span, or create genetically stronger and healthier children.

Read more: Representation in the Time of the Posthuman

Deadline: February 1, 2019

 

The 2019 Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy will be held Friday and Saturday, June 7-8, 2019, in Toronto, Ontario, at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy, one of the most important collections of fantastic literature in the world. 

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Deadline: January 31th, 2019

 

Despite the incidence of climate change scepticism amongst right-wing politicians in the United States and elsewhere, there is a near-consensus amongst scientists that current levels of atmospheric greenhouse gas are sufficient to alter global weather patterns to possibly disastrous effect. Writing in the journal Utopian Studies in 2016, the Californian science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson observed that: ‘Climate change is inevitable - we’re already in it - and because we’re caught in technological and cultural path dependency, we can’t easily get back out of it ... It has become a case of utopia or catastrophe, and utopia has gone from being a somewhat minor literary problem to a necessary survival strategy.’ The 20th conference of the European Utopian Studies Society will be held at Monash University’s Prato Centre in Tuscany from 1-5 July 2019. The conference theme will be Utopia, Dystopia and Climate Change and it will address the way utopianists have explored the eutopian and dystopian possible outcomes of anthropogenic global warming. As with all the Society’s conferences, papers on other aspects of utopias and utopianism will also be welcome. The guest of honour and keynote speaker will be Professor Darko Suvin, author of Metamorphoses of Science Fiction. We welcome proposals for individual 20-minute papers, panel sessions where 3 or 4 speakers address a shared topic, and workshops where contributors address questions of practical activism. Conference website: https://sites.google.com/monash.edu/uss2019.

Read more: Conference of the Utopian Studies Society: Utopia, Dystopia and Climate Change

Deadline: January 15th, 2019

 

The idea of interdependence is all around us. It results from the explosive growth of “ecological thinking” broadly construed. Fundamental to that idea is the view that, in some way, we’re all connected – to each other, to other organisms, and to our environments both analog and digital. And implicit here is the idea that this connectedness is a good and beautiful thing. Being connected well makes us stronger, healthier, more engaged, and more thoughtful. Yet lurking under this positive view is a dark view – a view that being connected is existentially horrifying. Being connected in that strong sense of being interdependent with others threatens what it is to be a self, and what it is to be an individual. This darkness lurks in the closet of our subconscious like a spectre, haunting us without us even being aware of the root cause. This volume seeks to turn on the light and reveal that spectre for what it is: the dark side of interdependence. Because of the deep-rooted implicit assumptions about the beauty and goodness of ecological thinking, this volume sets out to examine interdependence as a problem through representations of that dark spectre specifically through film. In many film genres, particularly perhaps in horror and science fiction, implicit assumptions have a way of becoming seen. The ongoing success of television series like The Walking Dead, reboots of the Alien series, and the blockbuster movies like Interstellar evidence how films can help make the implicit salient, bringing us uniquely face-to-face with our dark spectres. Film also privileges engagement and access: thus, scholarly contributions for this volume should be written for a general audience.

Read more: The Horror of Relations: A Dark Philosophy of Interdependence Through Film

Deadline: 14th of January 2019

 

In her novel The Game (2007) Diana Wynne Jones speaks of the ‘Mythosphere’, an expanding system of inter-related narratives ‘made up of all the stories, theories and beliefs, legends, myths and hopes, that are generated here on Earth […] constantly growing and moving as people invent new tales to tell or find new things to believe’. Fantasy as a mode or genre can be said both to draw on this organic system and to show an intense awareness of the links between its many roots and branches. Whether we approach the Fantastic through the study of written literature, the visual arts, games, journalism, internet culture or film and television theory, a close study of its workings enables us to better understand the dominant strands of Jones’s Mythosphere and to explore its rapidly widening outer limits. Sometimes refusing to endorse the subjective values and cultural commitments that sustain contemporary ideologies, sometimes imaginatively confirming them with its own misguided rebellions, the Mythosphere is an expanding web of intertextual narratives which we are all both producers and products of. Over the course of the 23rd and 24th of May 2019, Glasgow International Fantasy Conversations (GIFCon) seeks to celebrate all aspects of critical and creative work that help to map-out this intricate network of intersecting narratives.

Read more: Glasgow International Fantasy Conversations: Mapping the Mythosphere

Deadline: February 1, 2019

 

The 2019 Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy will be held Friday and Saturday, June 7-8, 2019, in Toronto, Ontario, at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy, one of the most important collections of fantastic literature in the world.

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Deadline: Dec. 21, 2018

 

The American University in Bulgaria is pleased to announce a call for papers for the second edition of the Science Fiction and Communism Conference. The conference will discuss science fiction (SF) in the context of the Communist regime and the Cold War and will focus on the ways political regimes on both sides of the Iron Curtain utilized the concept of the future.

TOPICS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE CONFERENCE:

The Second Science Fiction and Communism Conference will continue to explore the political and cultural importance of SF in film, literature, architecture, science and politics.

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MORE MEALS TO COME

An International Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

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.

Read more: MORE MEALS TO COME