Class and SFF

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Vector

Vector and Focus invite proposals for articles on the broad theme of class in science fiction and fantasy, encompassing topics such as: representations of class and class struggle in SFF; models for resistance; anarchism in SFF; fantastical estrangements of class; class consciousness; class and material culture; class and climate change; platform capitalism and the gig economy; platform cooperativism; automation and the future of work; trade unionism, industrial organising and action; workplace democracies; speculative classless societies; class and migration; class, family, and Critical Kinship Studies; economic vs. sociological class; the erasure of class; class, Afrofuturism, and Afropessimism; class and decoloniality; class and ‘World’ SFF; class and social justice; theoretical debates at the intersection of anarchism, Marxism and intersectionality. 

We are open to submissions from academics from any discipline and at any career stage, from independent scholars, as well as from SFF writers, fans, and others. We especially welcome voices from marginalized groups. We invite both theory and criticism, and more craft-oriented articles about the practicalities of writing, editing, and reviewing. Articles about the practicalities of organising and activism, if there is some SFF angle, are also welcome. If you have an idea for an interview or roundtable, please feel free to query. All contributions will automatically be considered for publication in a special issue of Vector (guest-edited by Nick Hubble) as well as Focus (edited by Dev Agarwal).

Please submit your proposal by 15 April to vector.submissions@gmail.com, including:

  • a 150-500 word abstract;

  • something about yourself, either a 50-100 word bio or a CV.

Articles should be between 1,000 and 8,000 words. Please include an estimated word count in your proposal. Contributors are invited to familiarise themselves with Vector and Focus. Articles should be thoughtful and carefully researched, while also clear and accessible, and able to appeal to a broad audience (including non-academics). Articles will be due by 15 August.

Please also feel free to make queries about other formats, e.g. reviews, interviews, curated reading lists, roundtable discussions, unusual / innovative formats. 

Living Document CfP

In case of any updates to this call, there is a living document CfP here: https://tinyurl.com/SFFandClass

Inspiration

“[N]on-class identities cannot be fully grasped if seen only as divisions sown by the ruling class in the interests of perpetuating its rule.”

- Peter Drucker, Warped

“The darkest secret of this country, I am afraid, is that too many of its citizens imagine that they belong to a much higher civilization somewhere else.”

- Kurt Vonnegut, Bluebeard

“Class is not simply another ideology legitimating oppression; it denotes exploitative relations between people mediated by their relations to the means of production.” 

- Martha Giminez, ‘Marxism and Class, Gender, and Race: Rethinking the Trilogy’

“To make a thief, make an owner; to create crime, create laws.”

- Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed

“To argue, then, that class is fundamental is not to ‘reduce’ gender or racial oppression to class, but to acknowledge that the underlying basic and ‘nameless’ power at the root of what happens in social interactions grounded in ‘intersectionality’ is class power.”

- Martha Giminez, ‘Marxism and Class, Gender, and Race: Rethinking the Trilogy’

“Class is entirely intangible, and the way it affects things isn't subject to scientific analysis, and it's not supposed to be real but it's pervasive and powerful. See; just like magic.”

- Jo Walton, Among Others

“[A]ctually understanding the contemporary and historical operations of class requires an intersectional approach that can understand intra-class distinctions, hierarchies and inequalities. In other words, in thinking about class as something separable from race, sexuality, or gender, we are offering an impoverished and incomplete class analysis.”

- Ashley J. Bohrer, Marxism and Intersectionality

“ROSE TYLER: If you are an alien, how come you sound like you're from the North? 

THE DOCTOR: Lots of planets have a North!”

Doctor Who S27 E1, 'Rose'

“None of us should be ashamed to speak of our class power or lack of it. Overcoming fear, even the fear of being immodest, and acting courageously to bring issues of class – especially radical standpoints – into the discourse of blackness is a gesture of militant defiance, one that runs counter to bourgeois insistence that we think of “money” in particular and class in general as private matters.”

- bell hooks, Killing Rage: Ending Racism

Further information

Contributors receive a copy of the publication. Vector articles are open access, released under CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 unless otherwise arranged. Articles receive editorial review, and are not normally peer-reviewed, but peer-review can be arranged on request.