Alternate Pasts and Futures: Counterfactuals as Resistance (ISSN panel)

deadline for submissions: 
November 10, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
International Society for the Study of Narrative
contact email: 

This panel aims to examine fictional texts which represent an alternate past or future in order to resist dominant narratives. Papers which address the following questions (and others) are welcome:

How does speculative fiction which presents an alternate past or future allow us to critique the present?

How does imagining "what if" prompt us to question "what next?"

How do we use possible worlds theory to understand what is possible in the world, or unnatural narratology to interrogate what is "natural"?

How do Afro-, Indigenous, and/or Latinx futurisms, in particular, work as part of larger movements of social action? 

The International Society for the Study of Narrative will take place virtually from May 19-23. Papers of 10-12 minutes will be pre-recorded and uploaded for viewing in advance. Panels will consist of synchronous discussion of papers.

Please send an abstract of 300 words to gbusl (at) by November 10th for consideration.