CFP: [Science] In Other World: Estrangement, Cognition, and the SF Imagination

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Eric D. Smith
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Call for Papers

In Other Worlds: Estrangement, Cognition, and the SF Imagination

April 3-4, 2009

Graduate Student Conference
Department of English
University of Alabama in Huntsville

Speakers: Phillip E. Wegner (University of Florida)
                Tobias Buckell

This conference will be devoted to exploring Darko Suvin’s claim that the
estranging function of science fiction allows us to “redescribe the known
world and open up new possibilities of intervening into it.” We welcome
paper and panel proposals from a variety of disciplinary perspectives on
topics including (but certainly not limited to) intersections of SF with
the following areas of inquiry:

Critical race theory
Postcolonial studies
Film studies
Queer theory
Citizenship studies
Border studies
Science and technology
Comics/graphic novels

We invite graduate students at any level and seek to provide a forum in
which they can present and receive useful feedback on course papers,
thesis and dissertation chapters, or outlines for future projects.

A 250-word abstract, along with institutional affiliation, email address,
and phone number, should be mailed to

Dr. Eric D. Smith
Department of English
University of Alabama in Huntsville
222 Morton Hall
Huntsville, AL 35899

or email:

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Deadline for abstract submission is January 1, 2009

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