Call For Papers: Cityscapes of the Future (June 30)

full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Yael Maurer, Shawn Edrei, Meyrav Koren-Kuik / Tel-Aviv University

Cityscapes of the Future: Urban Spaces in Science Fiction

The city has played a pivotal role in science fiction narratives since the earliest days of the genre. Towering megastructures, dystopian urbanity and the otherworldly configurations of alien cities have contributed greatly to representations of imagined futures.

Our project aims to take a broad view of the science-fictional cityscape, in any medium (television, film, novels, comics/graphic novels, anime, video games, etc.).

All relevant topics are welcome; we encourage interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives, as well as discussions of non-Western texts. We are especially interested in the following subjects:

Postmodern SF and the City
Alien Cities
The City and the Body
Virtual Cities
The Victorian City and Contemporary SF

Please send a 250-word abstract and a short biography to by June 30, 2013.

If accepted, complete essays of 5000-7000 words will be due by January 15, 2014. All submissions must be original and previously unpublished.

Editors: Dr. Yael Maurer, Shawn Edrei and Meyrav Koren-Kuik, The Department of English and American Studies, Tel-Aviv University.