Current Research in Speculative Fiction 2023 12th Annual Conference

deadline for submissions: 
March 25, 2023
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Current Research in Speculative Fiction
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Current Research in Speculative Fiction 2023 12th Annual Conference

29th – 30th June 2023, University of Liverpool, In Person and Online,

“While most people conceptualise thinking as this straightforward linear thing, I see ideas spreading out into alternatives before one is selected. In this place every notion can potentially become reality.” (Tade Thompson, Rosewater)

KEYNOTES: Roz Kaveney (Writer and Independent Researcher) Dr Chris Pak (Swansea University)

AUTHOR ROUNDTABLE: Exploring metamorphosis and change in SF

PUBLISHING ROUNDTABLE: Getting published in academic journals

WORKSHOP: Curating your SF and working across different media

OPEN MIC: Creative Writing Readings

“Then I saw the body descend to the beasts whence it ascended, and that which was on the heights go down to the depths, even to the abyss of all being.” (Arthur Machen, The Great God Pan)

“But in the end, it’s only a passing thing… this shadow. Even darkness must pass.” (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings)

Whether it is science fiction, fantasy, or horror, speculative fiction allows us to envision transformed worlds full of dread, excitement, and wonder so utterly different from our own. We escape to imagine wizards who unravel reality, men who transform into cockroaches, and spaceships that warp time, all the while uncovering more about our past, present and future than many forms of conventional fiction. For CRSF’s 12th year, this hybrid event (taking place both in person and online) seeks to generate interdisciplinary discussions of metamorphosis in speculative fiction, exploring the transformations the genre allows and how changes both minuscule and grand manifest themselves within textual and visual cultures in the present day.

We welcome papers for the fields of literary studies, creative writing, media studies, philosophy, arts, anthropology, sociology, and political theory that speak to, but are not limited to:

  • The body and its transformations (the posthuman body; the racialised & gendered body; the queer body)
  • Technological metamorphoses, uplift fictions and their alterations of beings
  • Speculative fiction as a vehicle of political critique and social transformation
  • Speculative worlds and how they are changed willingly and unwillingly
  • Representations of transhumanism, augmented or artificial intelligence, robotics, and extra-terrestrial life
  • Interrelationships between power, fantasy, actors, action, forms, and reality
  • Representations of waste (including but not limited to: nuclear waste; bodily matter; humans as waste; natural resources) 
  • Forms of alternative kinship made possible (or restricted) by speculative fiction
  • Breaching boundaries in speculative fiction

We welcome proposals for academic and artistic contributions that speak to any of the issues. Abstracts (max. 300 words) and a short biographical note (max. 100 words) should be submitted to by Midday, Saturday the 25th of March 2023.

All queries can be directed to the above email address or message on Twitter @crsfteam