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Sublime Cognition: Science Fiction and Metaphysics

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 6:00am
London Science Fiction Research Community
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Deploying the broad catch-all of ‘metaphysics’, this conference will explore SF’s lost history of engagement with myth, magic, religion and the supernatural. Central areas of focus will include an assessment of what role (if any) metaphysical phenomena have played in science fiction, and to what degree SF can be distanced from the spiritual, supernatural and numinous concerns of other literatures of the fantastic. Assessing SF’s complex relationship with the metaphysical opens into many productive areas of inquiry: How can science fictional texts help us understand broader cultural processes of knowledge formation and paradigm shift?

2018 Science Fictions, Popular Cultures Call for Presentations

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 11:22am
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, April 30, 2018

devoted to cross-disciplinary, cross-genre, and cross-media scholarship

SCIENCE FICTIONS, POPULAR CULTURES is a scholarly, academic conference which runs in conjunction with HawaiiCon (September 13-16, 2018) at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows on the western coast of the Big Island of Hawai’i.

Futures of Feminist Science Studies, Women's Studies Special Issue

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 9:18am
Women's Studies: an interdisciplinary journal
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Call for Papers, Women's Studies Special Issue: "Futures of Feminist Science Studies"


This special issue of Women's Studies: an interdisciplinary journal invites submissions that work at the intersections of science studies, feminism, and cultural studies. We are especially interested in work that explores the possibilities that emerge from feminist science studies, both as a critique science’s “culture of no culture” and as a pedagogical intervention relevant to the training of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies students. Submissions for this issue should fall into one of two broad categories: "Gender, Science, and the Practice of Culture" and "Feminist Science Studies in the University Classroom."


Call for Papers for ELOPE 15 (1), 2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 9:11am
Andrej Stopar / University of Ljubljana
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, April 1, 2018

The spring 2018 issue of ELOPE is dedicated to the position and role of speculative fiction and especially science fiction in a world that is increasingly becoming speculative and science fictional. The globalized, digitally mediated nature of contemporary realities and, indeed, individuals, increasingly corresponds to those imagined by the literary cyberpunk of the 1980s – by the movement which with its formal and thematic properties arguably blurred the dividing line between the “mainstream” literary fiction and the science fiction genre.

Thinking in/of the Anthropocene: Cognition, Computerization, and Catastrophe

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 11:13am
ASLE at SLSA 15-18 November
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 30, 2018

The theme of this year's SLSA Conference in Toronto, Canada is Out of Mind (15-18 November)


This year ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and Environment) will consider this theme in relation to technology and/or the Anthropocene.

Please a 200 word bio and a 250 word abstract to Dr. Helena Feder ( by 3/30/18.


Topics not limited to:

Computerization of the mind, from the inside out

Genetic modificantion, geoomorphing, and climate change

New work on cognition and empathy, within or cross-species

Relationship between theory (ecological thought) and (ecological) praxis

Science Fiction and Fantasy Characters as Dramatis Personae

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 9:10am
Museum of Science Fiction/Escape Velocity Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Museum of Science Fiction's literary programming track is accepting 250 word proposals for 15-20 minute papers to be presented at this year’s Escape Velocity Conference in National Harbor Maryland, May 25th – 27th, 2018.

After Fantastika: An Interdisciplinary Conference

Monday, February 19, 2018 - 9:38am
Fantastika Journal
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, April 15, 2018

After Fantastika: An Interdisciplinary Conference

6 - 7 July 2018

Lancaster University, UK


Dr Caroline Edwards (Birkbeck, UK)

Dr Andrew Tate (Lancaster, UK)


‘Fantastika’ is an umbrella term which embraces the genres of Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror but can also include Alternate History, Gothic, Steampunk or any other radically imaginative narrative space.