Speculative fiction covers a broad range of narrative styles and genres. The cohesive element that pulls works together under this category is that there is some "unrealistic" element. Whether it's magical, supernatural, or even a futuristic technological development, works that fall in this category stray from conventional realism in some way. For this reason, speculative fiction can be quite broad, including everything from fantasy and magical realism to horror and science fiction—from Gabriel Garcia Marquez to H. P. Lovecraft to William Gibson. This panel aims to explore those unrealistic elements and all their varied implications about society, politics, culture, economics, and more.
SKENÈ. JOURNAL OF THEATRE AND DRAMA STUDIES, a peer-reviewed academic journal, invites scholars and researchers to submit manuscripts for the forthcoming 3.1. 2017 Spring issue.
The Call for Papers Deadline has been extended to: February 15, 2016 for Encountering the Unexpected: Glitches, (Dis)placements, and Marginalia, a
Syracuse University Department of Religion Graduate Student Conference
March 25th and 26th, 2016
We invite all interested graduate students to submit a proposal to the Syracuse University Department of Religion Graduate Student Conference entitled
Encountering the Unexpected: Glitches, (Dis)placements, and Marginalia scheduled to take place on March 25th and 26th, 2016 in the Hall of Languages at Syracuse University.
Revolution. Rebellion. Protest. Radicalism. Anarchism. The refusal to work in American literature and culture has been called by many names. This special session aims to examine how a refusal to work—rather than a Protestant work ethic—has been a foundational concept in the development of America.
August 19-21, 2016
Halifax, Nova Scotia
'I am Elizabeth Reegan and another day of my life is beginning' she said to herself. 'I am lying here in bed. I've been five weeks sick in bed, and there is no sign of me getting better. Though there's little pain, which is lucky, and the worst is fear and remorse and often the horrible meaninglessness of it all. Sometimes meaning and peace come but I lose them again, nothing in life is ever resolved once and for all.
- John McGahern, The Barracks (1963)
October 20-22, 2016
University of Dayton
Dayton, OH 45469-1520, USA
In recent years Metal Studies conferences have examined the business of metal, metal's cultural impact, metal and communal experience, and popular culture and metal, to name a few. As Metal Studies expands. more and more themes and topics need to be researched by scholars around the world.
American Horror Story is an anthology horror series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The series comprises five seasons—Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freak Show, and Hotel—each self-contained, featuring a different storyline, characters, setting, and time period. The series, which has garnered acclaim from critics and from its devoted audience, has been lauded for how it blends (and bends) elements of the horror genre with true events in American history, as well as for its exceptional recurring cast. AHS has also received praise—and some criticism—for how it tackles sensitive topics like sexuality and race. The series is campy, graphic, and excessive; it revels in being transgressive.
We are soliciting manuscripts to be featured in Vol. I, No. 2 of Museum of Science Fiction's Journal of Science Fiction (MOSF Journal of Science Fiction, http://publish.lib.umd.edu/scifi/index). The inaugural issue was released on January 26, 2016, and Vol. I, No. 2 will be published by May 31, 2016. Manuscripts for Vol. I, No. 2 are due by March 25, 2016.
During the early modern period, national identity was increasingly defined by the dynamic between people and the environment they populated. While many still longed for the pastoral ideal of Britain as the 'Eden of Europe', the looming threat of pollution, natural disaster, resource depletion, and urbanisation beset the thoughts of contemporary writers, theologians, and politicians. Though it had been long held that the environment had an observable influence on the fortunes of a nation and the character of its citizens, the inhabitants of early modern Britain now became gradually conscious of their impact on the natural world.