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[UPDATE] Urban Apocalypse, Urban Renaissance: Landscapes in Science Fiction and Fantasy
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Science FIction Research Association
Call for Papers
Courtyard Downtown Detroit, Michigan
June 28-July 1, 2012
Detroit is at once an apocalyptic city and a Renaissance city. Over the past ten years, Detroit has suffered immensely, especially during the economic downturn and the virtual demise of the auto industry. Its apocalyptic landscape of abandoned buildings, its negative image due to high crime rates, a recently impeached corrupt Mayor, Kwame Kilpartick, and the loss of close to 300,000 people in the last census have made it the symbol of a city with a hopeless future. However, there is hope as the so called Renaissance city of the 1970s may now be experiencing a true Renaissance. New venues for the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions, funding obtained by Mayor Bing to raze many of the abandoned buildings, the resurgence of the auto industry along with an invitation to the film industry, and a call for re-population of Detroit with legal immigrants by New York Mayor Bloomberg may re-establish Detroit as the major city that it could be.
It is an urban landscape of change, revealing the end of one era and the beginning of another–an urban landscape that is ripe for science fiction and fantasy literature. The wide-ranging landscape of Detroit, Michigan is reminiscent of the various landscapes evident in science fiction and fantasy. Thus, Detroit can serve as an inspiration for paper topics considered at this conference. Papers can cover any topic concerning landscapes. Here are some suggested topics.
Abstract deadline has been extended to
Please forward abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org
Presenters must be members of the Science Fiction Research Association.
To join, go to sfra.org
We hope to see you there.