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CFP: Literature and Psychology (3/15/06; SCMLA, 10/26/06-10/28/06)

Monday, January 16, 2006 - 7:39pm
John Morris

      Interested individuals are encouraged to submit 500-word abstracts =
or completed papers to the Literature and Psychology session at the =
South Central Modern Language Association Conference to be held 26-28 =
October in Ft. Worth, Texas.=20
      The session will be an open topic; papers addresssing any and all =
issues pertinent to the intersection between literature and psychology =
will be considered.
      If interested, please send a 500-word abstract or the completed =
paper to John G. Morris, Professor of English, Cameron University, 2800 =
W. Gore Blvd, Lawton, OK 73505. If you prefer, you send either the =
abstract or paper via e-mail attachment (WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, or =

CFP: "Science Fiction and Life Writing": Biography Special Issue (8/15/06; journal issue)

Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 2:48pm
William Howes

Call for Papers. The Winter 2007 issue of _Biography_ will be a special
issue on the relation between science fiction and the theory and practice of
life writing. Guest editor John Rieder invites essays on the ways science
fiction explores the recording of lives, including its estrangement and
problematization of the construction of identities, issues of memory and
identity, the integrity or fragmentation of personal identity, the social
construction of personhood, and related topics; or papers that explore the
auto/biographical elements of science fiction, such as the relation of
science fiction to travel writing, captivity narratives, autobiographical

CFP: Intersections: Literature, Science, Nature (3/1/06; MLA '06)

Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 2:46pm
Barbara Cook

Abstracts are invited for the MLA 2006 panels sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. MLA will be held in Philadelphia in December 2006 and all presenters must be member of MLA at the time of acceptance of their proposals for the panel, i.e. April 2006.

Intersections: Literature, Science, Nature.

Abstracts (250-300 words) are invited that discuss relationships between literature, science, and nature and/or scientific theory and literary theory. Submit by March 1, 2006 to

CFP: The Place of Music in Science Fiction and Fantasy (3/1/06; MLA '06)

Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 2:46pm
Seo-Young Jennie Chu

Modern Language Association Annual Convention
December 27 - 30, 2006
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The MLA Discussion Group on Science Fiction and Utopian and Fantastic
Literature invites submissions for a panel titled "The Place of Music in
Science Fiction and Fantasy."

Topics might include (but are not limited to):

* Defining "science-fiction music." What makes a work of music
"science-fictional"? Possible subtopics: micropolyphony, symmetrical
divisions of the octave, experimental musical technologies (e.g., the
Ondes Martenot).

* The relationship of music to other nonverbal arts (e.g., painting,
architecture, photography) in science fiction and fantasy.

CFP: Disability and Science Fiction (3/15/06; MLA '06)

Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 2:34pm

CFP: Science Fiction and Disability (3/15/06; MLA '06)
For many years, the archetypal image of disability in
science fiction was Robert Heinlein's Waldo, the
embittered, reclusive, socially inept genius who, in
the eponymous story, overcomes myasthenia gravis when
an old sage reveals to him that he can cure himself
through willpower: "Gramps Schneider had told him he
need not be weak! That he could be strong – Strong!
STRONG! He had never thought of it." Since Heinlein's
1942 paean to voluntarist triumph over personal
adversity, disability and dysmorphism have had a
complex history in science fiction. From the gentle
freaks of William Tenn and Theodore Sturgeon to the

CFP: Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An Encyclopedia (9/1/06; collection)

Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 2:33pm
Robin Reid

CFP: Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An Encyclopedia (9-1-2006)




Greenwood Press

Planned Completion Date: January 2007


The 2-volume, illustrated Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An
Encyclopedia is scheduled to be published by Greenwood Press in 2007. The
Editor is seeking contributors for unassigned entries.


The focus will be primarily but not exclusively on work in English from the
19th century to the present, covering fiction, nonfiction, film, television,
art, comics, graphic novels, music and poetry.