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Writing the Future: Science Fiction and Fantasy Narratives in the Twenty-First Century. 16 July 2014: Brunel University, London
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Joseph Norman/ Brunel University, London
When:16th July 2014
SF and fantasy have existed as modern genres since the late nineteenth century but have generally been grouped in with the categories of low or popular culture until recently. During that period, a sharp distinction developed in SF criticism (Suvin,
In the process of questioning the over-privileging of utopian fiction in academic criticism, Miéville argues that utopias are ‘specific articulations of alterity and that it is of that that SF/fantasy is the literature’. The fact that he uses this formulation rather than the more prosaic ‘SF and fantasy’ suggests the idea that placing the two genres side by side in a kind of Žižekian parallax gap is a viable model for charting a radical alterity that can’t otherwise be easily represented. This would certainly seem to account for Miéville’s own practice
This Conference is interested in exploring what has changed in recent years to both dramatically increase the status of SF&F in general (with the former gaining critical respect and
It has become a truism that,in the wake of 9/11 and the global economic crash of 2007/8, we now live in an age of uncertainty. Whatever conservative impulses this might impart to society at large, there is an increasingly significant strand of contemporary literature and culture–ranging from the work of
Is the reason for the increased popularity and status of SF/F, and even its actual existence, due to its capacity to extrapolate ambiguous but strangely attractive futures from the radical indeterminacy attendant to the fantasy gap?
This conference calls for proposal for 20 minute papers, or themed panels of 3 papers, that address some of the questions, or the general context, mapped out above, or,indeed, papers or panels with a different take on the current status and significance of contemporary SF&F.
Papers or panels addressing the convergence of Fantasy and SF
300 word abstracts, along with a 4-line bio and institutional affiliation (if any),should be submitted to Nick Hubble (Nick.Hubble@brunel.ac.uk) by midnight Sunday 2nd March 2014.
Panel proposals should include an additional 2-300 word introduction. Discussions are on-going with a leading academic publisher concerning an edited collection.
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Conference Organisers: Emma Filtness, Nick Hubble, Joseph Norman, Philip Tew