Science Fiction Studies is currently soliciting proposals for a July 2018 special issue celebrating the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), a work that forever changed the genre of science fiction. In Frankenstein, Shelley experimented not only with subject matter, new scientific inventions and their many terrifying and horrific possibilities, but also narrative and form. Her use of multiple frame narratives, nested one within another, was a notable shift from the eighteenth-century novels she grew up reading, and her merging of popular culture’s fascination with science and the Gothic broadened the emerging genre of science fiction.
science and culture
500-word abstracts for conference presentations on the topic of Literature and Psychology are sought for South Central Modern Language Association’s 2017 conference in Tulsa, OK (Oct. 5-8, 2017).
Possible topics include:
Reading and empathy
Reading, writing, and brain research
Narratives of psychosocial development
Text and reader
Emotion and affect
Please send your 500-word abstract, contact information (name, affiliation, email address, and telephone number), and brief bio (2-5 sentences) to
James Kelley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Deadline for abstracts:
April 5 2017
Prof. Bruce Gilbert (Bishop’s University, Canada)
Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Panel at MMLA 2017
This year’s Midwest Modern Language Association Convention will be held in Cincinnati, OH November 9th-12th. Please see the conference website for details: http://www.luc.edu/mmla/convention/.
Nihilism… Utopianism (June 2017)
For the June 2017 issue of Modern Horizons we welcome submissions of essays on the theme of ‘Nihilism … Utopianism’.
On either side of life and underlying the meaningful forms we inhabit and live as individuals is – what? –something? –nothing? This basic and enduring question may be thickened for us through the temporal and metaphysical inquiries of nihilism and utopianism—intellectual and spiritual stances that critically engage with the ways we affirm or gainsay our familiar yet different worlds. Through a variety of papers and perspectives at our conference, we aim to address different positive and negative approaches to these two great themes.
Timothy Barker’s 2012 book, Time and the Digital, collated perspectives on time in Deleuze, Serres, and Whitehead to theorize a notion of time that is thick, dynamic, and multiple, clarifying the notion that all aspects art, scientific inquiry, and everyday life are involved in a complex becoming inside the operations of flexible, unpredictable movements of time. The idea of continual becoming has been circulating for some time now and informs work by Elizabeth Grosz, Karen Barad, Barbara Bolt, and others as they theorize the ability of subjects and objects to transform each other in an a-linear manner, through their situated relations.
Documents play roles in all aspects of human life. Recognizing this, the Document Academy seeks to celebrate and explore documents beyond traditional and formal academic research publications. We take inspiration from works such as Pablo Neruda's odes to common things and memoir essays telling the stories of particular documents, such as “The Money,” by Junot Diaz. Such approaches have the capacity to illuminate aspects of reality that are overlooked by traditional academic research.
SFS is planning a special issue on “Science Fiction and the Climate Crisis” that we see as part of an urgent and ongoing conversation with colleagues in the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences. In the energy humanities and other interdisciplinary fields, the climate crisis unfolds differentially as description, allegory, abstract model, immanent materiality, slow apocalypse, and the end of humanist philosophy. We welcome submissions that address the intersections of science fiction and the climate crisis in historical and/or theoretical terms and in multiple media forms from the pulps to science-fiction media and art.
Call for Papers for Not Sleeping: A One-Night Symposium on Wakefulness
Friday 8th September 2017, Liverpool Hope University
“Whoever does not sleep cannot stay awake”. Maurice Blanchot, “Night, Sleep”
“Within the global neoliberal paradigm, sleeping is for losers”. Jonathan Crary, 24/7
“Go the Fuck to Sleep”. Adam Mansbach, Go the Fuck to Sleep