CFP: 41st Annual SFRA Conference, June 24-27, 2010

You can find out all the details about the Science Fiction Research Association’s 2010 meeting in Carefree, Arizona on the official site here. However, here’s a run down of the important bits including the call for papers. See you there next year!

41st Annual Science Fiction Research Association Conference

June 24-27, 2010

Carefree, Arizona

Far Stars and Tin Stars: Science Fiction on the Frontier

The 2010 Science Fiction Research Association conference theme, “Far Stars and Tin Stars: Science Fiction and the Frontier,” reflects the conference’s venue in the high desert of Carefree, Arizona, north of Phoenix. The frontier, the borderland between what is known and what is unknown, the settled and the wild, the mapped and the unexplored, is as central to science fiction as it is to the mythology of the American West.

Submissions are invited for individual papers (15-20 minutes), full paper panels (3 papers), roundtables (80 minute sessions), and other presentations that explore the study and teaching of science fiction in any medium. Preference will be given to proposals that engage the conference theme.

Paper and other session proposals should be 200-300 words. Paper panel proposals should include the proposals of all three papers and a brief statement of their unifying principle. Include all text of the proposal in the body of the email (not as an attachment). Please be sure to include full contact information for all panel members and to make all AV requests within each proposal. E-mail submissions by March 15, 2010 to Craig Jacobsen: jacobsen at mesacc dot edu.

CFP: ICFA 31, Race and the Fantastic, March 17-21, 2010

Graham J. Murphy, IAFA Public Information Coordinator, is currently at WorldCon, but he sent out the following preliminary CFP for the 31st International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. Read below for the details:

The 31st International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Race and the Fantastic
March 17-21, 2010 (awards banquet on the evening of the 20th)

Guest of Honor: Nalo Hopkinson, award-winning author of Blackheart Man, Brown Girl in the Ring, Midnight Robber, The Salt Roads, Skin Folk, The New Moon’s Arms; editor/co-editor of Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction, Mojo: Conjure Stories, Tesseracts 9, and So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy

Guest of Honor: Laurence Yep, award-wining author of Sweetwater,
Hiroshima, Dragonwings, Child of the Owl, Sea Glass, Dragon Steel, The Rainbow People, Dragon’s Gate, Dream Soul, The Junior Thunder Lord; co-editor of American Dragons: Twenty-Five Asian American Voices

Guest Scholar: Takayuki Tatsumi, author of Full Metal Apache:
Transactions Between Cyberpunk Japan and Avant-Pop America, Cyberpunk America, Japanese SF Controversies: 1957-1997; co-editor of Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime

As always, we also welcome proposals for individual papers and for
academic sessions and panels on any aspect of the fantastic in any
media.  The deadline for paper proposals is October 31, 2009.

We encourage work from institutionally-affiliated scholars, independent
scholars, international scholars who work in languages other than
English, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

Please visit for more details and a listing of Division

CFP: German Fantastic Conference by Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung, 30 Sept-03 Oct, 2010

Read on for the announcement for the first conference for the newly formed Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung or GFF (Association for Research in the Fantastic) at the University of Hamburg, Germany. German SF studies has been had the turbopumps running for a number of years, but I believe a conference like this will really light that candle!

Call for Papers

1st annual and founding conference of the Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung
(GFF)(Association for Research in the Fantastic)

Fremde Welten – Wege und Räume der Fantastik im 21. Jahrhundert
(Strange Worlds – Paths and Spaces of the Fantastic in the 21st Century)

University of Hamburg, Germany – 30. September – 03. October 2010

The success of Joanne K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, the Wachowskis’ Matrix-trilogy and Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings has put a worldwide spotlight on themes of the fantastic, forcing academics to reevaluate the genres and to grant them prominent position in literary or cultural criticism. The overwhelming appeal of the fantastic – in any of its facets – has not gone unnoticed by the media and has led to intensified academic negotiations of the genres. In Anglo-American culture this popularity met with existing structures, such as the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) or
the Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA), which in turn welcomed the newfound public and academic interest.

In German culture, on the other hand, academics involved with the fantastic are without networks, orga ni zation or affiliation. It therefore seems the ideal moment to establish an Association for Research in the Fantastic [Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung (GFF)] as a basis for linking German language scholarship in the fantastic with its international counterparts and thereby making this scholar ship more visible and accessible, and allowing for international exchange. To this end, in October 2010 the University of Hamburg will hold the first annual and founding conference of the GFF. The conference, “Fremde Welten – Wege und Räume der Fantas tik im 21. Jahr hundert” (“Strange Worlds – Paths and Spaces of the Fantastic in the 21st Century”), is emphatically conceptualized as international and interdisciplinary. It conceives of the fantastic in its broadest definition as an umbrella term for all fantastic genres, such as fantasy, horror, gothic, science fiction, speculative fiction, as well as fairy tales, fables and myth. The interdisciplinary approach of the GFF includes research interests from fields such as literature, film, tv, culture, art, new media, architecture and music as well as incorporating impulses from sociology, anthropology, historical science or philosophy. The
international approach is guaranteed by the bifocal orientation of the
association as well as the conference. On the one hand, it reaches out to German speaking scholars working in the field, but on the other expressly encourages membership by international scholars working on German language fantastic.

The conference emphasizes the fantastic in its importance and relation to popular culture and understands it as a reflection of power relations and conflicts of interest. The popular anticipates these conflicts and expresses it before other social discourses can. By definition, the fantastic is able to negotiate alternative worlds and transgressive experiences of time and space, and thus represents a paradigmatic field of inquiry for cultural spaces. With historically specific developments of the 21st century in mind, the fantastic allows us to reveal social changes as no other genre does. What is the popular appeal of the fantastic grounded on? What alternatives does this cultural production offer?

The conference “Fremde Welten – Wege und Räume der Fantas tik im 21.
Jahr hundert” aims for a re view of the status quo in German language
scholarship of the fantastic, as well as open up a dia logue with international research done in this field. It intends to unite researchers and scho lars and to initiate an exchange of ideas. In reference to the conference title we therefore ask con ference contributors to consider the following questions (among many possible others): What paths have led the fantastic to its position today and which ones lie ahead? Which spaces has the fantastic entered or perhaps established?

The organizers call for proposals to be handed in by April 1st 2010. Proposals are possible as paper presentations (paper sessions of up to 3 presenters, 20 min each), panel discussions (moderated, with 3-5 panelists) or author readings from all areas of the fantastic, either in German or English. Please send your proposals of no more than 250 words, with a short biographical note and contact data per email to: lars.schmeink [at] Any further information can be acquired at the same address.

Lars Schmeink
Universität Hamburg
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Von-Melle-Park 6
D-20146 Hamburg

Prof. Dr. Astrid Böger
Universität Hamburg
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Von-Melle-Park 6
D-20146 Hamburg

Prof. Dr. em. H.-H. Müller
Universität Hamburg
Institut für Germanistik II
Von-Melle-Park 6
D-20146 Hamburg

CFP, Pakistaniaat Special Issue on US-Pakistan Relations

The journal that I’m the layout editor for, Pakistaniaat:  A Journal of Pakistan Studies, has just released a special issue CFP devoted to US-Pakistan relations.  Read the full CFP below: 

Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies 

Special Issue on US-Pakistan Relations: Past, Present, and Future

We seek submissions for our second issue to be published in December 2009. The issue is themed around the past, present, and future of US-Pakistan relations, but we will also consider works beyond the scope of this particular theme. Please submit your scholarly articles, creative works (fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry), or book reviews that focus on some aspect of Pakistan or Pakistani culture. We read all year.

Pakistaniaat is a peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary electronic journal offering a forum for a serious academic and creative engagement with various aspects of Pakistani culture, literature, and politics. For more details please visit our website.

Masood Raja, Editor



CFP, H. G. Wells: From Kent to Cosmopolis

This sounds like an interesting conference about H. G. Wells’ cosmopolitanism that I heard about on the IAFA email list.  Read below for the details:

H. G. Wells: From Kent to Cosmopolis

An international conference to be held at the Darwin Conference Suite,
University of Kent at Canterbury, England

July 9-11, 2010


The conference marks the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the
H. G. Wells Society in 1960 together with the centenary of Wells’s
comic masterpiece The History of Mr Polly. It will take place in what
Mr Polly found to be the ‘congenial situation’ of Canterbury, the
Kentish cathedral city within easy reach of Folkestone and Sandgate
where Wells lived in the early twentieth century and wrote some of his
best-known works.

We shall examine Wells both as a novelist formed by local
circumstances of his time and place, and as a thinker and social
prophet who remains intensely relevant today. We aim to discuss
Wells’s links to modern science fiction in all media, his imagining of
worlds to come, his political, social and ecological expectations for
the 21st century, and his success as an artist and controversialist
both then and now.

We invite proposals for papers on all aspects of Wells’s life and
writings: his science fiction, his novels and short stories, his
political, sociological and autobiographical works, and his
contributions to education, journalism and the cinema. In keeping with
the conference title ‘From Kent to Cosmopolis’ we hope to attract
contributions which relate the local to the universal in his writings
and/or look at Wells’s achievements in relation to wider cultural,
historical, temporal and spatial perspectives.

250 word abstracts for 20-minute papers should be sent by 1 March 2010
to Andrew M. Butler and Patrick Parrinder at

Priority booking for the conference at bargain rates is available up
to 30 June 2009. Contact the Hon. Treasurer, Paul Allen, at

CFP: The Postnational Fantasy: Nationalism, Cosmopolitics and Science Fiction

Call for Papers:

The Postnational Fantasy: Nationalism, Cosmopolitics and Science Fiction

We seek chapter proposals for our forthcoming anthology to be published in Spring 2010.  The Postnational Fantasy: Nationalism, Cosmopolitics and Science Fiction places itself at the nexus of current debates about nationalism, postnational capitalism, the reassertion of third world nationalism and its cosmopolitical counterparts, and the role of contemporary Science Fiction (SF) and fantasy in challenging, normalizing, or contesting these major conceptual currents of our times.  This new collection of essays, thus, brings together, in one volume, the interplay of critical and theoretical insights both from Postcolonial and Science Fiction studies.

In a way SF and Postcolonial Literature both have traditionally dealt with the question of the other.  Thus, while SF has been traditionally concerned with the issues of the alien and the ontological other, the leading postcolonial works have usually focused on giving voice to the silenced colonized others.  Just as the SF writer must ‘train’ the reader in his or her imagined setting, so does the postcolonial author feel the need to inform the reader while attempting to represent the postcolonial subjects. This combination of representation and didactics, crucial to SF and postcolonial writing, can therefore be an interesting starting point for bringing the two overlapping fields of artistic endeavor together, as both have a lot to offer in theorizing and debating the national, the postcolonial, and the cosmopolitan in the era of high capital. As of now, not many critical texts attempt to rewrite postcoloniality through a textual and theoretical reading of contemporary SF nor has there been a worthwhile attempt in postcolonial studies to incorporate the contemporary SF in the cultural and political debates. It is, therefore, one of the goals of this volume to enrich both Postcolonial Studies and SF studies with a nuanced borrowing and intermixing of their primary texts and modes of interpretation, which would, we hope, enrich both fields of study by sharing their common and particular modes of reading and responding to the texts. Important also in our study would be the nature of representation itself, but especially the affective value of the texts in generating and foregrounding the questions of feelings invoked by the SF and the postcolonial text, and the impact of this emotive state on the issues of national, postnational, and cosmopolitan identity formation.

We invite essays of 5,000-6,000 words in length exploring the following themes, or any other themes that might fall within the purview of our stipulated vision of the anthology: 

·      Issues of nationalism and national identity in SF and fantasy.

·      The idea of the other in the context of geopolitical identities.

·      The setting/background of the fantastical in the context of contemporary debates of the cosmopolitical.

·      The postcolonial imagination of SF and fantasy from the Third World.

·      The affective value of SF and its connotation in the context of global politics.

·      SF as an additive of resistance or postnational alternative.

·      The questioning of gender and heteronormativity in SF in an age of cosmopolitanism.

We strongly encourage young scholars and advanced graduate students to contribute to the anthology. Please send your proposals, not more than 200 words, along with a brief bio by April 30, 2009. Send your proposals to the editors at Include your proposal and bio in the body of your email and also as a Microsoft Word attachment. Essays selected for inclusion in the final volume will be peer-reviewed by specialists in the field.

About the Editors:

Dr. Masood Raja, Assistant Professor of Postcolonial Literature and Theory
Department of English, Kent State University

Swaralipi Nandi, PhD Scholar
Department of English, Kent State University

Jason W. Ellis, PhD Scholar
Department of English, Kent State University

CFP: Eaton 2009, Extraordinary Voyages: Jules Verne and Beyond

Rob Latham recently sent out a CFP for next year’s Eaton Conference on “Extraordinary Voyages:  Jules Verne and Beyond.”  I haven’t had an opportunity to go to the Eaton Conference, but I hope to soon.  Definitely check out the CFP below, and read more about the conference on their official site here!

The 2009 Eaton Science Fiction Conference

Extraordinary Voyages: Jules Verne and Beyond

April 30-May 3, 2009          

University of California Riverside

Extraordinary voyages have shaped world literature since the Biblical Flood and The Odyssey, but no single writer has done more than Jules Verne to forge this device into a narrative template for addressing modern issues.The UCR Libraries’ Eaton Science Fiction Collection, in coordination with the North American Jules Verne Society, proposes a three and one-half-day conference that will examine the traditions Verne exploited, Verne’s own extraordinary work, and his far-ranging influence in modern fiction and culture. In 1863, Jules Verne published the first of the sixty-four novels and short story collections that would become known as the “Extraordinary Voyages.” Verne’s influence on the hardware and the locales of modern science fiction: the center of the earth, the bottom of the seas, outer space, is widely recognized. More significant is his influence on the shape of modern SF: the extraordinary voyage has become a foundational motif by which scientific knowledge is linked to the exploration of richly-imagined worlds. This conference will explore the implications of the extraordinary voyage as a narrative and ideological mode that resonates in world SF down to the present day.

The conference welcomes scholars, collectors, and enthusiasts of the extraordinary voyage and will address, but not necessarily be limited to, the following sets of questions. What is the place of the extraordinary voyage within the complex of genres that makes up early or proto-science fiction: the utopia, the scientific romance, the hollow-earth tale, the Robinsonade, etc.? How has the extraordinary voyage been linked to discourses of travel and tourism, to scientific and technological revolutions, to the history of European colonialism and the rise of industrial militarism? In what ways does a detailed focus on the mechanisms of locomotion (balloon, rocket, steamship, submarine, train, aircraft) transform the imaginary voyage into an extraordinary voyage, and how has this technique influenced other SF traditions? Does the theme of travel, of transit across physical borders and toward extreme destinations, serve as an allegory for contact and communication across other sorts of boundaries (linguistic, ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, national)? How do 20th-century writers (such as the so-called “steampunks”) rework legacies of Verne and other 19th-century SF, whether earnestly or satirically, as paradigm or as pastiche? What accounts for the remarkable afterlife of Verne’s characters, and those of 19th-century SF more generally, who appear in numerous revisions and elaborations by 20th- and 21st-century SF writers? What are the influences of the Vernian paratext: the thousands of maps, illustrations, photographs, and ornately colored and ornamented bindings of the first editions’ on contemporary works of imaginative fiction? How has the extraordinary voyage been translated into other cultures and other media, from comic books, graphic novels and film to theme parks and digital texts, and with what consequences?

Abstracts of 300-500 words (for papers of 20-minutes in length) should be submitted by December 15, 2008 to Melissa Conway, Head, Special Collections & Archives, UCR Libraries at Melissa.Conway [at]

Contact us: eatonconference [at]

CFP: IAFA, Time and the Fantastic

Graham Murphy sent out a CFP for the 30th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.  Next year’s theme is “Time and the Fantastic.”  I was at IAFA earlier this year, and it was much fun!  I got to meet a lot of great folks, see some old friends, and listen to a number of excellent presentations.  Also, IAFA is a great place to connect with authors that you may study.  Below is the CFP, so please read and send in an abstract.  See you in Orlando!

The 30th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts

Time and the Fantastic


The 30th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts will beheld March 18-22, 2009, at the Orlando Airport Marriott in Orlando,Florida. The conference begins at 3pm on Wednesday and ends at 1 am on Sunday upon the conclusion of the conference banquet. Malcolm J. Edwardsand Brian Stableford write that “the metaphysics of time continues to intrigue writers inside and outside the genre” of the fantastic; thus, the focus of ICFA-30 is on the intriguing relationships between time and the fantastic. Papers are invited to explore this topic in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other related modes of the fantastic. In addition, we especially look forward to papers on the work of our honored guests:


Guest of Honor: Guy Gavriel Kay, Aurora Award-winning, Caspar Award-winning, and Mythopoeic Fantasy Award-nominated author of the Fionavar Tapestry (The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire, The Darkest

Road), Tigana, A Song for Arbonne, and The Last Light of the Sun


Guest of Honor: Robert Charles Wilson, Hugo Award-winning author of Axis, Spin, The Chronoliths, Darwinia, Mysterium, and A Bridge of Years


Guest Scholar: Maria Nikolajeva, author of The Aesthetic Approach to Children’s Literature (Scarecrow), The Rhetoric of Children’s Literature (Scarecrow), and From Mythic to Linear: Time in Children’s Literature (Scarecrow)


As always, we also welcome proposals for individual papers and for academic sessions and panels on any aspect of the fantastic in any media. The deadline is October 31, 2008.


We encourage work from institutionally-affiliated scholars, independent scholars, international scholars who work in languages other than English, graduate students, and undergraduate students.


The Jamie Bishop Memorial Award for an Essay Not in English is open to all members of the IAFA. The IAFA Graduate Student Award is open to all graduate students presenting papers at the year’s conference. Details are available via Robin Reid, Second Vice-President ( Finally, the Dell Magazines Undergraduate Science Fiction Award will also be handed out at this year’s conference.


Visit for more details.

CFP: Science Fiction Film and Television

Mark Bould, co-editor of Science Fiction Film and Television, recently sent out a CFP for the journal.  This is a journal to watch, and I’ve heard rumblings of their doing a BSG special issue in the future.  Read below for the details, and a little further down for the contents of their latest issue.  

Science Fiction Film and Television is a biannual, peer-reviewed journal published by Liverpool University Press and distributed in North America by Chicago University Press. Edited by Mark Bould (UWE) and Sherryl Vint (Brock University), with an international board of advisory editors, it encourages dialogue among the scholarly and intellectual communities of film studies, sf studies and television studies. 

We invite submissions on all areas of sf film and television, from Hollywood productions to Korean or Turkish sf film, from Sci-Fi Channel productions to the origins of sf tv in Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers or The Quatermass Experiment. We encourage papers which consider neglected texts, propose innovative ways of looking at canonical texts, or explore the tensions and synergies that emerge from the interaction of genre and medium. 

We publish articles (6000-8000 words), book and DVD reviews (1000-2000 words) and review essays (up to 5000 words), as well as archive entries (up to 5000 words) on theorists (which introduce the work of key and emergent figures in sf studies, television studies or film studies) and texts (which describe and analyse little-known or unduly neglected films or television series).

Articles should be 6000-8000 words (MLA format) and include a 100-word abstract. Electronic submission in MS Word is preferred. Send submissions to both editors at mark.bould [at] and sherryl.vint [at] If you have an idea for a contribution to the archives section, please contact the editors to discuss your proposal.

Advisory Editorial Board: Jonathan Bignell (University of Reading), Catherine Constable (University of Warwick), Susan A. George (University of California, Berkeley), Elyce Rae Helford (Middle Tennessee State University), Matt Hills (Cardiff University), Brooks Landon (University of Iowa), Rob Latham (University of Iowa), Susan Napier (Tufts University), Sharalyn Orbaugh (University of British Columbia), David Seed (University of Liverpool), Steve Shaviro (Wayne State University), Vivian Sobchack (University of California, Los Angeles) and JP Telotte (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Here’s the contents for the latest issue of Science Fiction Film and Television:

Science Fiction Film and Television 1.1 (Spring 2008)


Vivian Sobchack, ‘Love Machines: Boy Toys, Toy Boys and the Oxymorons of A.I.: Artificial Intelligence’

Alain Badiou, ‘Dialectics of the Fable’

Matt Hills, ‘The Dispersible Text: Theorising Moments of Doctor Who’

Dave Rolinson and Karen Devlin, ‘“A New Wilderness”: Memory and Language in the Television Science Fiction of Nigel Kneale’

JP Telotte, ‘Serenity, Cinematisation and the Perils of Adaptation’

Mariano Paz, ‘South of the Future: An Overview of Latin American Science Fiction Cinema’



Mary Pharr, ‘The Lab and the Woods: Science and Myth in Les Yeux sans visage’

Sherryl Vint, ‘Embodied Texts, Embodied Subjects: An Overview of N. Katherine Hayles’ 


Books reviews

Paul Williams on Wanda Strauven, ed., The Cinema of Attractions Reloaded

Carl Freedman on James Naremore, On Kubrick

David Seed on Matthew Frye Jacobson and Gaspar Gonzalez, What Have They Built You to Do? The Manchurian Candidate and Cold War America.

Andrew M Butler on Will Brooker, ed., The Blade Runner Experience

Rob Latham on Serge Grunberg, ed., David Cronenberg: Interviews


DVD reviews

Stacey Abbott on Stereo and Crimes of the Future

Bill Beard on Naked Lunch

Adam Roberts on The Man Who Fell to Earth

Neil Easterbrook on No Maps for These Territories

Mark Bould on Transformers

Aylish Wood on Flatland, the Film

William Brown on Immortal (ad vitam)

Seth Giddings on Fantastic Planet  

Pam Cook on District 13

Jarret Burke on 4

CFP: Place and Space in Children’s Literature

Farah Mendlesohn sent out the following CFP for the “Place and Space in Children’s Literature” conference at the University of Oxford.  If you’re a children’s literature scholar, you might want to check this out.  Read on for the details.

Place and Space in Children’s Literature

27-28 March 2009, University of Oxford

Keble College, Oxford

Keynote speech by Philip Pullman

The University of Oxford Children’s Literature Reading Group invites papers on the themes of place and space in children’s literature for its conference to be held at Keble College, Oxford. The keynote speech, opening reception, and delegates’ dinner on the evening of Friday 27 March will be followed by a day of panels and discussions on Saturday 28 March, 2009.

Space is fundamental in any exercise of power

–Michel Foucault

From the Prince Edward Island of Anne of Green Gables to Gossip Girl‘s glamorous Upper East Side to the multiple Oxfords in His Dark Materials, the locales of children’s and young adult literature often aid in defining the child’s relationship to his or her world and delineating the terms and possibilities of youth. More abstract concepts of proximity, size, positioning, and enclosure likewise contribute to the construction of the child and the world in which s/he exists. This conference aims to address these issues through a day of papers by established and rising academics in the field of children’s literature studies. As such, the Oxford Children’s Literature Reading Group solicits a wide range of submissions that explore how metaphorical and physical space create landscapes of power, knowledge, and identity in texts aimed at youth audiences.

Appropriate to its theme, this conference will be held in Oxford, a location that has special importance for children’s literature as the home and/or university of such notable children’s authors as Lewis Carroll, Kenneth Grahame, C.S. Lewis, Diana Wynne Jones, Richard Adams, Susan Cooper, Alan Garner, and Kevin Crossley-Holland, among many others. It features as the setting in works by Penelope Lively, Philip Pullman, Matthew Skelton and more, and has served as a primary shooting location for the film adaptations of the Harry Potter novels and The Golden Compass.

Please email your 250-word abstract with your name and institutional affiliation to the University of Oxford Children’s Literature Reading Group at oxchildrenslit[at]gmail[dot]com by December 1, 2008.