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

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Call for Papers:

The Postnational Fantasy: Nationalism, Cosmopolitics and Science Fiction

We seek chapter proposals for our forthcoming anthology to be 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 studies

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 subjects. 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 formation.

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
• 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 and also 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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