Systems and Knowledge: Scholarship, Ecology and Mind in Science Fiction

deadline for submissions: 
December 16, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Chris Pak (King's Digital Lab) and Will Slocombe (University of Liverpool)
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Science fiction is a genre inherently replete witha multitude of systems. From computers, robots, cyborgs and androids to human-animal studies, ecological systems, management practices and (agro-)industrial systems, science fiction has portrayed a variety of different and sometimes interlocking sets of physical systems. Ideas of knowledge generation and systematisation are also central to the genre, from the social and hard sciences, art, language and communication, right through to the systematisation and dissemination of knowledge.

World Systems Theory understands literature, filmand other media as emerging from an interaction between categories of a global economic system. Immanuel Wallerstein in The Modern World System: Capitalist Agriculture and the Origins of the European World Economy in the Sixteenth Century (1974) proposes four categories to organise this world economic system: core, semi-periphery, peripheryand external. More recently, Franco Moretti hasapplied this schema to analyse the novel in world literature, while Andrew Milner has adapted this model to apply it to the production of science fiction.

We are currently seeking the final few essays toround off the collection, and so this is a second callfor papers inviting scholars to submit proposals for articles that use or critique World Systems Theory for the analysis of science fiction. Proposals exploringany period of speculative fiction are welcome, but we are especially interested in abstracts that apply World Systems Theory to global science fiction.

Submission: Proposals should be 300-400 words,and include a short, 100-word biography. The deadline for submission is December 16th, 2017