WisCon: Feminist Science Fiction Convention Deadline MARCH 2, 2015

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WisCon, the world's leading feminist science fiction convention, invites scholars of all descriptions to propose programming for its academic track. We invite proposals from anyone with a scholarly interest in the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class, and disability with science fiction – broadly defined – in literature, media, and culture. We would especially welcome scholarship on the work of 2015's guests of honor, Alaya Dawn Johnson and Kim Stanley Robinson, and on the histories and cultures of feminist and social-justice-oriented fan communities. We encourage submissions from scholars in all fields, including interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary areas, and from amateur and independent scholars as well as graduate students, postdocs, and faculty.

At WisCon, papers are presented in groups of two or three during a single 75-minute programming slot. If a group of presenters would like to submit their papers together as a single panel, they should indicate that on their paper submissions. We also encourage the presentation of scholarship in formats other than the traditional paper, and discussion-based panels focused on issues of particular interest to scholars of science fiction and feminism.

An incomplete list of possible subjects:

Gender, sexuality, race, class, and disability in individual works of science fiction
Feminist, queer, critical race, and critical disability analysis of science fiction media (film, television, video games, online culture)
Speculative aspects of feminist and social justice movements
Science fiction and feminist science and technology studies
Race, colonialism, and speculative fiction; Afrofuturism and related cultural movements
Fan cultures and communities
Feminist pedagogy and speculative fiction in the classroom

An incomplete list of possible formats:

15-20 minute paper presentations, with or without visual accompaniment
Presentation of scholarly creative works, including digital scholarship
Readings from recently published or forthcoming scholarly books
Discussion-based panels and roundtables on scholarly research, teaching, or service
Mentoring sessions on academic professional life: graduate study, the job market, tenure and promotion, publishing and presentation
Screenings and discussions of short films or videos