CFP: [Postcolonial] Anthology: The Postnational Fantasy: Nationalism, Cosmopolitics and Science Fiction

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The Postnational Fantasy: Nationalism, Cosmopolitics and Science Fiction

We seek abstracts for our forthcoming anthology to be tentatively
published in Spring 2010. The Postnational Fantasy: Nationalism,
Cosmopolitics and Science Fiction places itself at the nexus of
current debates about nationalism, postnational capitalism, the
reassertion of third world nationalism and its cosmopolitical
counterparts, and the role of contemporary Science Fiction (SF) and
fantasy in challenging, normalizing, or contesting these major
conceptual currents of our times. This new collection of essays,
thus, brings together, in one volume, the interplay of critical and
theoretical insights both from postcolonial and Science Fiction

In a way SF and Postcolonial Literature both have traditionally dealt
with the question of the other. Thus, while SF has been traditionally
concerned with the issues of the alien and the ontological other, the
leading postcolonial works have usually focused on giving voice to the
silenced colonized others. Just as the SF writer must 'train' the
reader in his or her imagined setting, so does the postcolonial author
feel the need to inform the reader while attempting to represent the
postcolonial subject. This combination of representation and
didactics, crucial to SF and postcolonial writing, can therefore be an
interesting starting point for bringing the two overlapping fields of
artistic endeavor together, as both have a lot to offer in theorizing
and debating the national, the postcolonial, and the cosmopolitan in
the era of high capital. As of now, not many critical texts attempt to
rewrite postcoloniality through a textual and theoretical reading of
contemporary SF nor has there been a worthwhile attempt in
postcolonial studies to incorporate the contemporary SF in the
cultural and political debates. It is, therefore, one of the goals of
this volume to enrich both postcolonial studies and SF studies with a
nuanced borrowing and intermixing of their primary texts and modes of
interpretation, which would, we hope, enrich both fields of study by
sharing their common and particular modes of reading and responding to
the texts. Important also in our study would be the nature of
representation itself, but especially the affective value of the texts
in generating and foregrounding the questions of feelings invoked by
the SF and the postcolonial text, and the impact of this emotive state
on the issues of national, postnational, and cosmopolitan identity

We invite essays of 5,000-6,000 words in length exploring the
following themes, or any other themes that might fall within the
purview of our stipulated vision of the anthology:

· Issues of nationalism and national identity in SF and fantasy.

· The idea of the other in the context of geopolitical identities.

· The setting/background of the fantastical in the context of
contemporary debates of the cosmopolitical.

· The postcolonial imagination of SF and fantasy from the Third World.

· The affective value of SF and its connotation in the context of
global politics.

· SF as an additive of resistance or postnational alternative.

· The questioning of gender and heteronormativity in SF in an age
of cosmopolitanism.

We strongly encourage young scholars and advanced graduate students to
contribute to the anthology. Please send your proposals, not more than
200 words, along with a brief bio by April 30, 2009. Send your
proposals to the editors at Include your proposal
and bio in the body of your email as well as a Microsoft Word
attachment. Essays selected for inclusion in the final volume will be
peer-reviewed by specialists in the field.

About the Editors:

Dr. Masood Raja, Assistant Professor of Postcolonial Literature and Theory

Department of English, Kent State University

Swaralipi Nandi, PhD Scholar

Department of English, Kent State University

Jason W. Ellis, PhD Scholar

Department of English, Kent State University

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