The spring 2018 issue of ELOPE is dedicated to the position and role of speculative fiction and especially science fiction in a world that is increasingly becoming speculative and science fictional. The globalized, digitally mediated nature of contemporary realities and, indeed, individuals, increasingly corresponds to those imagined by the literary cyberpunk of the 1980s – by the movement which with its formal and thematic properties arguably blurred the dividing line between the “mainstream” literary fiction and the science fiction genre.
science and culture
The theme of this year's SLSA Conference in Toronto, Canada is Out of Mind (15-18 November)
This year ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and Environment) will consider this theme in relation to technology and/or the Anthropocene.
Please a 200 word bio and a 250 word abstract to Dr. Helena Feder (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 3/30/18.
Topics not limited to:
Computerization of the mind, from the inside out
Genetic modificantion, geoomorphing, and climate change
New work on cognition and empathy, within or cross-species
Relationship between theory (ecological thought) and (ecological) praxis
Junior Researcher Workshop
(In)Human Time: Artistic Responses to Radiotoxicity
23 May 2018, 13:00 - 18:00, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
In association with “As Slowly as Possible”: A Symposium of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, 24-26 May 2018
The Museum of Science Fiction's literary programming track is accepting 250 word proposals for 15-20 minute papers to be presented at this year’s Escape Velocity Conference in National Harbor Maryland, May 25th – 27th, 2018.
After Fantastika: An Interdisciplinary Conference
6 - 7 July 2018
Lancaster University, UK
Dr Caroline Edwards (Birkbeck, UK)
Dr Andrew Tate (Lancaster, UK)
ABSTRACT DEADLINE: 15 April 2018
‘Fantastika’ is an umbrella term which embraces the genres of Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror but can also include Alternate History, Gothic, Steampunk or any other radically imaginative narrative space.
Traversing land, sea and sky: travel and the landscape
25 April 2018, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol
‘Literary and Visual Landscapes’, a University of Bristol interdisciplinary seminar series, invites proposals for a symposium in April 2018 on the theme of ‘traversing land, sea and sky: travel and the landscape’. This symposium provides a welcoming and stimulating environment for researchers to share their insights and expertise, and opportunities to network with academics within and across disciplinary boundaries.
MMLA (Midwest Modern Language Association) – November 15-18 Kansas City
Consumerism and Science Fiction: From Modernism to Postmodernism
The Indian River Review is currently soliciting submissions for its sixth issue scheduled for publication in late spring 2019. The theme for this issue is “passion.” Of course, this word immediately proposes romantic passion, and while the editors are not against submissions that go in that direction, submitters should be careful. Think Wuthering Heights or even When Harry Met Sally, not Fifty Shades of Grey, specifically no erotica.
Food media have become exponentially popular throughout the 21st century, with growth in the production and consumption of digital ‘food porn,’ cookbooks and content in the food blog- and vlogospheres. Across these diverse formats, food media have long been recognized as artifacts that reference culturally- and historically-specific ideals of gender at the same time that they offer instructional food pedagogies. For instance, scholars have pointed out the links between food preparation rituals and the performance of gender from the hypermasculinization of barbeque to the feminized daintiness of baking desserts, and from ideas about the gendered organization of food labor to the embodied pleasures of food porn.
** DEADLINE EXTENDED: May 7, 2018 **
“When the white men entered the camp, all the Inuit were inside one of the igloos; they started hearing people outside… Then a woman went out to see them. She comes back very shaky and says, ‘They’re not Inuit; they’re not human.’