CFP: Panel on Sex and sexuality in Science/Speculative and Fantasy Fiction

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Jude Roberts
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CFP: Panel on Sex and sexuality in Science/Speculative and Fantasy Fiction

For a panel on the academic track at Loncon3 – the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention: http://academicloncon3.wordpress.com/

Science/Speculative and Fantasy fiction are genres in which many things (arguably anything) is possible. This ought to include exploring alternatives to normative and heteronormative representations of sex and sexuality. On this panel our aim will be to consider how, why and to what extent these non-realist genres push the boundaries of representation relating to sex and sexuality. Proposals are invited for academic papers on topics including, but not limited to:

Queer SF&F
LGBTQI representation in SF&F
LGBTQI authors of SF&F
Queer, trans*, non-binary and genderfluid characters in SF&F
Relationships between SF&F and queer theory and politics
Authorial responsibility regarding representation
Potentials and possibilities for non-heteronormative representation

In particular, papers are sought on the work of the guests of honour for Loncon3 - Iain M. Banks, John Clute, Malcolm Edwards, Chris Foss, Jeanne Gomoll, Robin Hobb and Bryan Talbot.

Please send a 300 word abstract and brief biography to j.roberts@bbk.ac.uk by December 1st 2013.