CFP on Western Science Fiction 2012 Western Literature Association Annual Conference, Lubbock, TX (November 7 - 10, 2012).

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Cynthia Ostrom
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We are accepting proposals for a panel on Western Science Fiction for the 2012 Western Literature Association Conference in Lubbock, Texas (November 7 – 10). The theme for this year's conference is "Western Crossroads: Literature, Social Justice, and the Environment." We are open to all critical approaches, including feminist, Marxist, critical regionalist, affect, narratological, postcolonial, and ecocritical perspectives. Potential proposals may include, but are not limited to the following topics as they relate to the intersection of Western Literature and Science Fiction:
• The expansionist frontier
• Masculine identity
• The culture of violence, justice, and self defense
• Domestic discourse
• Alien abduction and captivity narrative
• Post-apocalyptic, utopian, and dystopian worlds
Please submit abstract to Cynthia Ostrom (Cynthia.Ostrom@usd.edu) by June 20, 2012. Indicate A/V requirement if necessary.