The Final Frontier: Outer Space and Popular Culture (Special Session, SAMLA Conference 2017, Atlanta, GA, 11/3-5, 2017)

deadline for submissions: 
June 2, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Andrea Krafft
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This CFP invites papers dealing with fictional representations of outer space, intergalactic travel, and other worlds. This panel is particularly interested in discussing why some texts about outer space remain central within scholarly and popular discourse while others fade into obscurity. Does the value of intergalactic fiction derive from its scientific and technological realism and its ability to, according to Hugo Gernsback, inspire “scientific fact and prophetic vision”? Or, does the staying power of these speculative fictions come from their complex worldmaking and engagement with empire and colonization (as in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series)? What determines whether we return to someone’s vision of life beyond the boundaries of Earth? We will consider space travel narratives from various decades and types of media including novels, short fiction, film, television, games, and music. By June 2, please submit a 250-word abstract, brief bio, and AV requirements to Andrea Krafft, Georgia Institute of Technology, at akrafft3@gatech.edu.

The SAMLA 2017 Conference will be held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia from Friday, November 3 to Sunday, November 5. More information on the conference may be found at https://samla.memberclicks.net/.