Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SLI (Studies in the Literary Imagination): Call for Special Topics Proposals

Of possible interest:

SLI (Studies in the Literary Imagination): Call for Special Topics Proposals
full name / name of organization:
Studies in the Literary Imagination, Dept. of English, Georgia State University
contact email:
SLI is now accepting topic proposals for future issues. Any scholar who wishes to propose a special issue topic for Studies in the Literary Imagination is invited to do so in a 1,000–1,500-word proposal. Please include: a working title; an overview of the proposed topic; a brief summary of pertinent issues and figures; a current C.V.; and a list of approximately 8 potential contributors and their paper titles (with brief abstracts).

We are interested in proposals on any area of literary inquiry, and are especially interested in proposals concerning transatlantic writing, the global South, memoir/biography, the literature of the archive, graphic novels/comics, young adult fiction, gender studies, and twentieth- and twenty-first century literatures.

Please see our website to review the responsibilities of the Consulting Editor: From acceptance to completion, the publishing process takes at least 2 years.

Contact editor Paul H. Schmidt or managing editor Lori Howard to submit your proposal or request further information:

SLI, Attn: Proposals
Department of English
PO Box 3970
Georgia State University
Atlanta GA 30302-3970
phone: 404-413-5811 email:,, or

By web submission at 01/27/2015 - 15:42

CFP Current Research in Speculative Fiction (3/9/15; Liverpool, UK 6/8/15)

Europeans have all the fun:

Current Research in Speculative Fiction [CRSF] 2015
full name / name of organization:
Current Research in Speculative Fiction [CRSF] / University of Liverpool
contact email:
Current Research in Speculative Fiction 2015
Monday 8th June 2015
University of Liverpool

With Keynote Lectures from:
Dr. Andrew M. Butler (Canterbury Christ Church University)
Dr. Sarah Dillon (University of Cambridge)

Returning for its fifth consecutive year, CRSF is a one day postgraduate conference designed to promote the research of speculative fictions, including SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY and HORROR; showcasing some of the latest developments in these dynamic and evolving fields. CRSF attracts an international selection of delegates and provides a platform for postgraduate students to present their current research, encourages discussion with scholars in related subjects and the construction of crucial networks with fellow researchers. The University of Liverpool, a leading centre for the study of speculative fiction and home to the Science Fiction Foundation Collection, will host the conference. We are seeking abstracts relating to speculative fiction, including, but not limited to, papers on the following topics:

•Alternate History •Alternative Culture •Animal Studies •Anime •Apocalypse •Body Horror •Consciousness •Cyber Culture •Drama •Eco-criticism •Fan Culture •Gaming •(Geo)Politics •Genre •Gender •Graphic Novels •The Grotesque •The Heroic Tradition •Liminal Fantasy •Magic •Meta-Franchises •Morality •Monstrosity •Music •Non-Anglo-American SF •Otherness •Pastoral •Poetry •Politics •Post-Colonialism and Empire •Proto-SF •Psychology •Quests •Realism •Sexuality •Slipstream •Spiritualism •Steampunk •Supernatural •Technology •Time •TV and Film •Urban Fantasy •Utopia/Dystopia •(Virtual) Spaces and Environments •Weird Fiction •World Building •Young Adult Fiction.

Please submit an abstract of 300 words for a 20 minute English language paper and a 100 word biography to by Monday 9th March 2015. Queries can be sent to the same address.

By web submission at 01/27/2015 - 16:25

CFP Science Fiction from Latin America: The (Re)invention of a Genre (2/1/15; Puerto Rico 9/10-11/15)

Thanks to the NEPCA blog for the head's up:

Science Fiction from Latin America: The (Re)invention of a Genre
San Juan, Puerto Rico, 10-11 September 2015
Call for Papers

Although Latin American science fiction has often registered the influence of U.S. and European models, it is far from an imported genre. Rachel Haywood Ferreira’s pioneering work on early SF in Latin America (The Emergence of Latin American Science Fiction, 2011) uncovers a wealth of examples prior to 1920 across many countries, even stretching back to eighteenth-century precursors. Over the last century, Latin American SF has often engaged critically with the dominant modes of the genre, challenging science fiction’s associations with colonial discourse or the North American technological imaginary, and reworking its narrative topoi and stylistic hallmarks from a distinctively postcolonial and Latin American perspective.

This symposium will explore Latin American contributions to the global SF genre, seeking to expand and challenge existing views of its origins and evolution. We invite proposals for 20-minute papers, in English or (preferably) in Spanish, which focus on one or more of the following questions, or others related to the symposium theme:

 What might early (proto-)science fiction from Latin America reveal about the development of the genre both in Latin America and beyond? How do competing discourses and practices eventually converge into a recognizable genre? How might the study of forgotten or abandoned lines of pursuit nuance or enrich our current understanding of the SF genre?
 How has the SF genre been recast and reinterpreted in Latin America? What might these differences reveal about how the genre has evolved, about specific experiences and discourses of modernity and science in Latin America, or about the dynamics of exchange that characterize global genres?
 How can we situate Latin American SF in relation to prevailing discourses of globalization and neoliberalism? What modes of contestation or negotiation does it explore?
 What relations are imagined or performed between technoscientific imaginaries and the materiality of the text, or the socioeconomic context of its production, that might be considered distinctively “Latin American,” or provide alternative models?

Abstracts should be 250-300 words in length. Please email your submissions, together with a C.V., to Catriona McAllister, Research Network Coordinator ( by 1 February 2015. Participants will be asked to submit their papers a month in advance of the symposium.

A number of invited speakers have already confirmed their participation:
 Alex Rivera, director of the award-winning Sleep Dealer (US/Mexico, 2008)
 Pedro Cabiya, the acclaimed Puerto Rican novelist, poet, dramatist, and scriptwriter of graphic novels, currently Director of the Centro de Lenguas y Culturas Modernas de la Universidad Iberoamericana (Santo Domingo)
 Rafael Acevedo (University of Puerto Rico), Professor of Hispanic Literature and author of the prize-winning Exquisito cadáver (2001), among other novels
 J. Andrew Brown (Washington University), author of Test Tube Envy: Science and Power in Argentine Narrative (2005) and Cyborgs in Latin America (2010), and co-editor of Latin American Science Fiction: Theory and Practice (2012)
 Rachel Haywood Ferreira (Iowa State University), author of The Emergence of Latin American Science Fiction (2011)
 Soledad Quereilhac (CONICET/University of Buenos Aires), author of the forthcoming La imaginación científica.
Ciencias ocultas y literatura fantástica en el Buenos Aires de entresiglos (1875-1910)
 Ed King (University of Cambridge), author of Science Fiction and Digital Technologies in Argentine and Brazilian Culture (2013)
 Emily Maguire (Northwestern University), who has published on Caribbean science fiction and cyberpunk

Two travel bursaries of £650 each will be awarded, on a competitive basis, to a participant who is resident in Europe and who is either currently studying for a doctorate or within three years of having received their doctorate (by the date of the conference).
“Science Fiction from Latin America: The (Re)invention of a Genre” is the second of four international symposia that comprise the AHRC-funded research network on Science in Text and Culture in Latin America, which is running from 2014 to 2016. For more information on the network’s schedule of events,
please visit our website (, join our Facebook group or follow us on Twitter (@LAm_SciCulture).
Symposium Organizers: María del Pilar Blanco (, University of Oxford, and Joanna Page (, University of Cambridge. Network Coordinator: Catriona McAllister (

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Star Trek Thoughts

With recent news of a third Star Trek film for the alternate universe franchise to be released in 2016, it seems a good time to catch up with the previous two films, both directed by J. J. Abrams.

First, Star Trek (2009) offered a bold re-imagining of the franchise set within an alternate timeline in which William Shatner and his now aged crew were never aboard the Enterprise. In their place is a very young and energetic cast, and, although the film seemed marketed at attracting newer viewers, there is, in fact, much to appeal to established fans, who might otherwise take umbrage with the liberties taken by the filmmakers. While it does take some adjustment to accepting them in the roles, the new actors do settle in nicely. Plus, homages to Shatner Trek are frequent (both visually and aurally), and the presence of Leonard Nimoy as Spock Prime adds an interesting link between universes.

Having reflected on Star Trek, its sequel, Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013), presents a better-balanced film in terms of old/new visions of the Star Trek Universe. The new actors seems more natural--i.e. believable--now in their roles (Scotty, Chekov, and Sulu are especially fun, though the dynamics between Kirk and Spock, Kirk and McCoy, and Spock and Uhura also make great viewing), and it is very much an edge-of-your-seat film that stands up well to repeated viewings, even when the film has revealed all of its secrets upon a first viewing.

Both Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness are now available on a special edition Blu-ray titled Star Trek: The Compendium, which includes a wealth of extras for the second film that were previously split between retailers. Full details at ( and Memory Alpha, the Star Trek Wiki (

Updated 1/20/2015