Call for Papers: Imagining the Future Together: Critical Essays on Indigenous Science Fiction

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Brian K. Hudson / University of Oklahoma
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Call for Papers: Imagining the Future Together: Critical Essays on Indigenous Science Fiction

Paper proposals are now being accepted for a collection of essays potentially to be published for the new imprint at the University of Wales press for critical work on the genre of Indigenous science fiction.

For a good introduction to the genre, see Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction edited by Grace Dillon.

We are looking for readings of texts by Indigenous writers of science fiction. Essays that engage the primary text along with current scholarship in Native American studies and/or Science Fiction studies will be especially welcome. Contributors whose essays are selected will also be invited to engage with other selected essays to be assigned by the editors. The primary goal of the collection is to promote dialogue among the many authors and scholars who produce creative and/or critical work on Indigenous sf.

Listed are some broad suggestions for possible essays, but topics not included here are welcomed and encouraged:
-Indigenous science fiction and tribal resurgence
-Indigenous science fiction films
-Traumatic historical events (such as the removal of tribes) reimagined through science fiction tropes
-Indigenous science fiction as political critique
-Science fiction tropes used by Native visual artists and animators
-Indigenous cultures in space (issues of colonization that mirror Indigenous histories in sf deep space settings)
-Indigenous graphic novels and/or online comics
-Indigenous science fiction and traditional ecological knowledges
-The relationship between Indigenous science fiction and traditional tribal narratives

Proposals (about 250 words) are due August 1st, 2015. Full manuscript/book chapter due Feb. 1st, 2016.
Proposals and/or inquiries may be sent to Grace Dillon (dillong@pdx.edu) or Brian K. Hudson (briankhudson@ou.edu).