UPDATE: [Film] Anthology on British Science Fiction in Film and Television

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Tobias Hochscherf

Call for Contributions
Anthology on British Science Fiction in Film and Television
Deadline: Second-round deadline, June 20, 2008

The consistent quality of science-fiction films and television programmes
in Britain has won audiences for generations, both in the UK and around the
world. One reason for this sustained popularity lies in the ability of
British cinema and TV to constantly reinvent the genre, keeping it socially
and philosophically elastic. Incorporating impulses from literature,
popular culture and science, British ‘sci-fi’ has constantly adapted to
changes in the political and social climate. Furthermore, the involvement
of numerous ‘foreigners’ has enriched science fiction by introducing new
aesthetics and internationalism to a genre that has traditionally been
marked as distinctively British.

Bringing together academics from various countries and disciplines, this
proposed edited collection regards British science fiction as a cultural
phenomenon that exceeds the realm of individual media and narrowly defined
notions of the nation. Indeed, by emphasizing cross-media and
cross-cultural connections, the anthology proposes that the last century of
science fiction productions, from The Tunnel (1935) to landmark TV series
such as The Quatermass Experiment and contemporary films such as Children
of Men (2006) has always existed in the interstices of different cultures
and media.

We invite proposals for chapters on any aspect of British science fiction
cinema and television, but responses to the following themes would be
particularly welcome:

• the inter-relationship between film and television science fiction, but
also between these and other media and art-forms such as radio, literature,
painting, music and the internet
• case studies of trans-national and international cooperation
• the role of émigré and non-British creative personnel in the evolution of
British ‘sci-fi’
• the role of auteurs and literary writers, from Dennis Potter and Stanley
Kubrick to H.G. Wells, Nigel Kneale, and P.D. James
• British ‘sci-fi’ and its political, cultural, social, religious and
philosophical contexts
• fan cultures in print and on-line
• the international marketing, distribution and reception of British
• the evolution of hybrid forms such as science fiction comedy or horror

Please send your 200-word proposal by May 20, 2008 to

James Leggott and Tobias Hochscherf
Lecturers in Film and Television Studies
Northumbria University
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Media & Communication
Lipman Bldg.
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom
Email: james.leggott_at_northumbria.ac.uk

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