If we reflect on Vivian Sobchak’s premise of science fiction’s role of reconciling humans with the unknown along with cyborg spaces of Haraway, we can easily perceive that today one of speculative/science fiction’s roles is imagining what is happening and what may happen to help us come to terms with a dreaded present and unstable future. Amidst the very real and imminent threats of environmental disasters, rise of nationalism and racism and an expanding precarity, it should not be a surprise to see the fast increase in the sales of Orwell’s 1984, re-makes of Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell or appearance of SF works where strangers, aliens, and others are rethought and replaced in our topological frameworks.
science and culture
For the NeMLA 49th Annual Convention, April 12-15, 2018, in Pittsburgh, this session is seeking proposals exploring new approaches to Hopkins’s poetry consistent with the theme of NeMLA 2018, Global Spaces, Local Landscapes, and Imagined Worlds. Papers should explore poems and other writings by Hopkins that engage the apocalyptic, imagined worlds, urban and rural landscapes (seascapes and skyscapes), including but not limited to topics such as nature and naturalism, natural theology, the environment, sustainability, science, and Darwinism. Please submit your proposal on NeMLA site @ http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers/submit.html
CFP: Suvin Today?
A Roundtable Discussion
The Society for Utopian Studies (November 9-12, 2017 in Memphis, TN)
Proposal Deadline: July 8, 2017
Co-Organizers: Gerry Canavan and Hugh O’Connell
CFP Frankenstein Papers(6/1/17; NEPCA Amherst, MA 10/27-28/17)
FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS
FRANKENSTEIN: FRIEND OR FOE?
FOCUSED SESSIONS OF THE
FANTASTIC (FANTASY, HORROR, AND SCIENCE FICTION) AREA
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2017 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts
27 and 28 October 2017
Proposals by 1 June 2017
Michael A. Torregrossa
Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area Chair
Title: From the Curious to the Quantum: Bodies at the Intersection of Science and Performance
American Society for Theatre Research conference
November 16-19, 2017
Vivian Appler, College of Charleston
Meredith Conti, University at Buffalo – SUNY
The Editorial Board of Acta Iassyensia Comparationis,a thematic, interdisciplinary biannual e-journal published by the Department of Comparative Literature of the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi, invites you to publish in AIC 20 (2/2017), devoted to the VIS ŞI REALITATE / DREAM AND REALITY / RÊVE ET RÉALITÉtopic. By the choice of this theme, we intend to bring together, in one volume, approaches to the different (and yet related) genres and subgenres of fantastic literature, science-fiction and imaginary ethnography.
CALL FOR PAPERS: APOCALYPTIC TELEVISION
Percy's practice and thoughts on art - and the human experience - range from high to low, from immanence to transcendence. Was Percy's philosophy an abstracted high art and his fiction, a low art, for conveying the same message, but in the humble context of physical life? Percy's first novel, The Moviegoer, talked of the low art of movies (as they were considered during his time) as escape, but also serving a higher purpose of self-realization. He writes of the movie magazine as the "low slick." But the Moviegoer ends with the high art of the church, a conduit for the divine. Percy wrote of the orbit and re-entry of the artist, going from high to low.
The Healthy Body
Abstract Submission Deadline: May 31, 2017
Conference Dates: August 22 & 23, 2017
Call for Presentations
USC Cinema and Media Studies Graduate Conference
Los Angeles, CA
October 20th-21st, 2017