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Call for papers re-opened for collection of vintage science fiction

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 9:08am
Ivy Roberts / Virginia Commonwealth University
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The CFP for Histories of the Future: Proto-Science Fiction, 1800-1925 (Mcfarland Press) has been re-opened! We are looking for short articles that introduce, contextualize, and / or put a critical lens up to science fiction written between 1800 and 1925 (Victorian era and the Machine age). Submit proposals by August 15. Please include your in your proposal a biography, and the title and author of the work that your essay will examine.


Reading Reality through Science Fiction

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 9:33am
University Stefan cel Mare of Suceava, 13 University Street, 720229 Suceava, Romania
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Reading Reality through Science Fiction

The academic journal Messages, Sages and Ages (, based at the English Department, University of Suceava, Romania, invites contributions for an issue on “science fiction as reality-check”; the theme issue is guest edited by Roberto Paura (University of Perugia, Italy).

Renaissance Vegetarianism

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 11:36am
Andrea Crow / Renaissance Society of America
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Renaissance Society of America (RSA) 2019 - Toronto

Panel - Renaissance Vegetarianism

The study of early modern food has blossomed in recent years. As scholars have parsed the politics of changing dining practices, the role of recipes in intellectual history, and the growing perception of food ethics as inextricable from social identity, dietary beliefs and habits have begun to be seen as central to early modern studies. One of the most striking dietary trends that spread across Europe in this period, however, remains underexamined: the rise of vegetarianism.

Special journal issue - Moon Rise

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 10:56am
Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 28, 2019

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first successful manned Moon landing, we invite articles for a special issue, examining how the Moon has been depicted since 1969 in science fiction. As Marjorie Hope Nicolson showed in her classic study of Voyages to the Moon (1948), fantasies of moon flight have been an integral part of world literature since classical times. Since moon flight became a reality, how have these stories changed? From adventure series such as Space 1999 to films such as Duncan Jones’ Moon and novels such as Ian McDonald’s Luna sequence, Earth’s satellite has remained a source of fascination.

Foundation Essay Prize 2019

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 10:55am
Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, December 3, 2018

We are pleased to announce our next essay-writing competition. The award is open to all post-graduate research students and to all early career researchers (up to five years after the completion of your PhD) who have yet to find a full-time or tenured position. The prize is guaranteed publication in the next summer issue of Foundation (August 2019).


Science and the Anthropocene, Or Alternative Futures (SLSA panel at ASLE 2019)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 10:24am
Helena Feder
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, August 25, 2018



The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts will host a panel at the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, June 26-30 2019 at the University of California Davis ( ). 


Papers on any of the following topics are welcome:


(future) science and alternative futures 

neurobiology and ecological crisis

multispecies communities in the Annthropocene: cross-cultural currents and global vectors

science and the politics of the Anthropocene

sciences of extinction and/or survival

Edited collection: Empirical Ecocriticism

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 5:48am
Wojciech Malecki, Matthew Schneider-Mayerson & Alexa Weik von Mossner
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Call for Papers

Edited Volume: Empirical Ecocriticism


Friday, June 15, 2018 - 11:00am
Kaisa Kaakinen / The Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, August 31, 2018

MORAL MACHINES? THE ETHICS AND POLITICS OF THE DIGITAL WORLD 6–8 March 2019, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland With confirmed keynotes from N. Katherine Hayles (Duke University, USA) and Bernard Stiegler (IRI: Institut de Recherche et d’Innovation at the Centre Pompidou de Paris) As our visible and invisible social reality is getting increasingly digital, the question of the ethical, moral and political consequences of digitalization is ever more pressing. Such issue is too complex to be met only with instinctive digiphilia or digiphobia. No technology is just a tool, all technologies mark their users and environments.

RSA Panel: The Female Body as Text in Renaissance Literature

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 10:55am
Allison Collins, UCLA
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 13, 2018

As the Renaissance saw a rise in female literacy and texts addressed to women readers, the relationship between gender and genre was foregrounded in debates about the appropriate texts for women to read – or if it was appropriate for women to read at all.  These conversations particularly centered on the genre of romance, simultaneously a genre classed as feminine and a genre deemed morally inappropriate for women to read. While these debates raged outside literary texts, within the texts themselves, we see women reading and women as objects to be read – both by the reader of the text and by other characters within the text. How does the female body serve as a text within a text?