Update: Speculative Fiction - SAMLA - November 13-15, 2020

deadline for submissions: 
May 22, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Mert Gareis / Middle Georgia State University
contact email: 

Speculative fiction covers a broad range of narrative styles and genres.  The cohesive element that pulls works together under the category is that there is some “unrealistic” element, whether it’s magical, supernatural, or a futuristic/technological development: works that fall into the category stray from conventional realism in some way.   For this reason, speculative fiction can be quite broad, including everything from fantasy and magical realism to horror and science fiction—from China Miéville to Margaret Atwood to Philip K. Dick. This panel aims to explore those unrealistic elements and all their varied implications about society, politics, economics, and more.   


In addition to regular panel submissions, themed roundtables of 3-4 participants also will be considered.  


Please submit a 250-300 word abstract, a brief bio, and any A/V needs by May 22, 2020 to MertGareis, Middle Georgia State University, at mary.gareis@mga.edu 


SAMLA will be held at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, FL this year from November 13-15. Those accepted must be members of SAMLA to present.