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CFP: Disability and Science Fiction (3/15/06; MLA '06)

Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 2:34pm

CFP: Science Fiction and Disability (3/15/06; MLA '06)
For many years, the archetypal image of disability in
science fiction was Robert Heinlein's Waldo, the
embittered, reclusive, socially inept genius who, in
the eponymous story, overcomes myasthenia gravis when
an old sage reveals to him that he can cure himself
through willpower: "Gramps Schneider had told him he
need not be weak! That he could be strong – Strong!
STRONG! He had never thought of it." Since Heinlein's
1942 paean to voluntarist triumph over personal
adversity, disability and dysmorphism have had a
complex history in science fiction. From the gentle
freaks of William Tenn and Theodore Sturgeon to the

CFP: Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An Encyclopedia (9/1/06; collection)

Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 2:33pm
Robin Reid

CFP: Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An Encyclopedia (9-1-2006)




Greenwood Press

Planned Completion Date: January 2007


The 2-volume, illustrated Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An
Encyclopedia is scheduled to be published by Greenwood Press in 2007. The
Editor is seeking contributors for unassigned entries.


The focus will be primarily but not exclusively on work in English from the
19th century to the present, covering fiction, nonfiction, film, television,
art, comics, graphic novels, music and poetry.


CFP: Posthuman, All Too Posthuman (3/15/06; MLA '06)

Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 2:33pm

The Division for Literature and Science of the Modern Language Association
is arranging the following session for the MLA meeting in Philadelphia,
December 2006:

Posthuman, All Too Posthuman
Organizer: Henry Turner
Papers on the “posthuman” in literature and science: networks, systems, and
assemblages; embodiment and prostheses; animals, nature, and environment;
posthuman futures, pasts, and presents; posthumanities scholarship.
Abstracts by March 15 to Henry Turner,
Catherine Belling, PhD

CFP: Rhetoric and/of Science (grad) (2/10/06; (dis)junctions, 4/7/06-4/8/06)

Saturday, January 7, 2006 - 4:14pm
Elizabeth Spies

CFP: Rhetoric and Science

(dis)junctions: lost in translation
April 7-8, 2006

This panel is concerned with the question of how science and scientific
dialogues have influenced national rhetoric. Some questions we seek to
examine are:
          How has our vision of the place of science in everyday secular society
changed in the past fifty to one hundred years, or even in the past twenty?
        How has science affected American political rhetoric?
        How have the rhetorics of science and religion shaped each other through
the debate over Darwinism and intelligent design?
        How has the rhetoric of science altered the way we understand or
conceptualize works in the humanities?

UPDATE: Autism and Representation (UK) (1/7/06; 2/24/06-2/25/06)

Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 7:03pm
Rose, Irene

Due to recent publicity in the UK national newspaper the Guardian, this colloquium has now been extended to run over two days - Friday 24th and Saturday 25th February 2006.

Like wise the deadline to register an interest or submit a panel/paper has now been extended to January 7th 2006.

Autism and Representation - Liverpool John Moores University, UK
A Two Day Colloquium hosted by the Association for Research in Popular Fictions
Friday 24th and Saturday 25th February 2006