Embodiment in Science Fiction and Fantasy Interdisciplinary Conference

deadline for submissions: 
October 31, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
McMaster University, Department of English and Cultural Studies

Embodiment in Science Fiction and Fantasy Interdisciplinary Conference

May 18-19, 2018

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Keynote Speakers

Veronica Hollinger, emerita professor, Cultural Studies Department, Trent University, science fiction scholar and co-editor of the journal Science Fiction Studies and collections including Queer Universes: Sexuality in Science Fiction (2008). Parabolas of Science Fiction (2013), and The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010).

Kameron Hurley, the Hugo and Locus Award-winning author of Stars Are Legion (2017), The Geek Feminist Revolution (2016), the Worldbreaker Saga, and The God’s War Trilogy.

In response to the popularity of cyberspace disembodiment of the 80s and 90s, SFF is increasingly concerned with exploring the materiality of bodies. SFF literature, film, television and video games frequently explore how experiences of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and disability inform the construction of identity and influence lived experience; question what it means to be or exceed the human; and consider the agency and nature of nonhuman bodies. This conference will explore the ways in which the body is a focus in SFF, and how the experience and representation of bodies inform how we understand human, post-human, and non-human subjects, and their positionality within material and cultural settings.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers—or panels consisting of three 20-minute papers—addressing topics that include but are not limited to the following:

  • gender identity
  • sexuality
  • race and ethnicity
  • representations of disability
  • body modification, cyborgs, clones
  • post-human and non-human embodiment
  • technology and the body
  • metamorphosis and hybridity
  • bodily experiences of environmental crisis
  • bodies, space, and geography
  • pregnancy, birth, aging, death and dying
  • bodily containment (in spaceships, or exo-skeletons)
  • environments as bodies, sentient ecological networks
  • bodily manifestations of the soul or spirit

Please send inquiries and proposals to sffembodimentconference2018@gmail.com by October 31, 2017.