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Please find below a link to the last issue of "Cadernos de Literatura  Comparada" – the academic journal of the Institute for Comparative  Literature of Porto University edited by José Eduardo Reis and Fátima Vieira on the subject of Utopia and Food. (The Introduction and most of  the articles are in English).

http://ilc-cadernos.com/index.php/cadernos/issue/view/29to


Science Fiction and Fantasy MA
Postgraduate (full-time, part-time, distance learning)
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Find out more and apply now at
http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/science-fiction-and-fantasy

This new interdisciplinary MA course combines the literary theory of science fiction and fantasy with the study of their language and rhetoric, their subgenres and their place in the publishing industry. It examines science fiction and fantasy as products shaped by interactions between the entertainment industry, reviewers and critics as well as their own fans. By analysing how the boundaries of these genres have been established, policed, challenged and extended, students will learn to apply their own theories to a range of popular works - and have the option to produce their own original writing.

On this course, students will:

• Become experts in one of the fastest growing areas of popular  culture
• Explore a variety of fields including literature, publishing,  film and television, linguistics and creative writing
• Network with professionals in the industry
• Study without disrupting their work / family life with our blended learning delivery

Course delivery: Our course starts in May 2018, with a two-week intensive residency in September 2018.

Applications are open now. Find out more and apply now at http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/science-fiction-and-fantasy


 

2017 – CFPS by affiliated groups


CALL FOR UTOPIAN SHORT FICTION 

MY UTOPIA

Why would we think of a utopia? Utopian thoughts are necessary to social changes. Without a utopian vision, something inspiring, there is no chance of social developments; and the more transparent the vision, the higher the chance of achievement. The significance of utopian thought in the contemporary world seems inevitable. We face with huge ecological issues (so huge that the survival of the human species might be in doubt), overpopulation, war, terrorism, new and sometimes unbelievably dangerous technologies, cybernetic crimes, and religious extremism. Thus, a way out is obviously required and utopian thought can display the way. “My Utopia” is a creative writing project with the aim to demonstrate that utopian thinking is beyond any gender, race, age, color, nationality, and border limitations. Everybody can also think of his/her utopian world regardless of place and time restrictions. We are seeking short fiction from writers around the world on the topic “My Utopia”. Nonfiction, personal essay, genre short fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, and graphic fiction), poetry and works residing across/between utopia are welcome. 

Submissions might explore, but are not limited to: 

 Climate change;  Food; Global population;  The War on Terror;  Post-humanism; The future of females; Gender discrimination; Extremism;  race/post-race; disability and sexuality 

Submission details: 

The submission deadline is September 25th, 2017. Any submission must be the original work of the author that has not been published previously, as a whole or in part, either in print or electronically, or is soon to be so published. The target length for a submission is 500–1500 words. (Poetry submissions are exception.) Formatting: double space, Times New Romans, font 12. 

Language: English 

Please send submissions via email to rbabaee@letras.up.pt or rbabaei30@yahoo.ca 

Selected writings will be published by the Faculty of Letters, University of Porto, Portugal.


 
MATTERS OF INVENTION: UTOPIA, MATERIALISM AND THE EARLY MODERN

AN INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

27-28 SEPTEMBER 2017

CLASSIC HOTEL

NICOSIA, CYPRUS

PARTICIPANTS: Robert Appelbaum, University of Uppsala, Sweden; Sarah Hogan, Wake Forest University, USA; Oddvar Holmesland, Universitetet i Agder, Norway; Chloe Houston, University of Reading, UK; Christopher Kendrick, Loyola University Chicago, USA; Hanan Yoran, Ben Gurion University, Israel

CONVENORS:

Stella Achilleos, University of Cyprus

Antonis Balasopoulos, University of Cyprus

 The quincentennial of Thomas More’s Utopia in 2016 provided a wealth of forums and opportunities for scholars around the world to reflect on the importance, legacy and relevance of Sir Thomas More’s foundational text from the perspective of the present historical moment—one marked by deep uncertainty over direction, foreboding and anxiety over a number of social, ecological and political problems. This Symposium aims to sustain the critical and interrogative momentum occasioned by that anniversary by opening up to a series of questions pertaining to the writing, dissemination and impact of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century utopian texts, practices and institutions.

 
 

 
To current or prior Society for Utopian Studies members,
 

Please note that the deadline for the 2017 Society for Utopian Studies Annual Meeting in Memphis has been extended to 15 August 2017. We would encourage anyone interested in the conference to submit their work via the conference website: 
http://utopian-studies.org/conference2017/  

 


 
‘Imagining the Future: Financial Capitalism & the Social Imagination’ Conference

 
It is with great pleasure that we share with you the final programme of ‘Imagining the Future: Financial Capitalism & the Social Imagination’: a one-day conference organised by the Department of Social Science at UCL and the New School for Social Research, with the support of the Planetary Futures Grant at the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, on July 11th 2017.
 
How do the fictitious operations of markets shape our perceptions of the future? How do the worlds of fiction and reality coalesce to produce dominant valuations of the future? What are the implications of financial imagination for articulating radical alternatives to such dominant future projections? This one-day conference brings together theoretically-driven approaches from a range of disciplines to explore the various ‘intersections’ between political, economic and social imaginaries of financial capitalism.
 

Conference Organisers: Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou (UCL) anChiara Bottici (The New School)

Keynote Speakers: Ruth Levitas (Bristol) and Jens Beckert (Max Planck, Cologne)

Free registration to the conference and the evening reception is now open through the following link, which also contains a detailed programme and all the relevant details: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/institute-of-advanced-studies/ias-events/planetary-futures-conference-imagining-the-future-financial-capitalism-and-the-social-imagination
 

CFP: SPECIAL ISSUE: Educational ills and the (im)possibility of utopia

This is a call for papers for a special issue of the journal Educational Philosophy and Theory, to be edited by Joff P.N Bradley, Teikyo University, Tokyo, and Gerald Argenton, Tamagawa University, Tokyo. The editors of EPAT invite submission of manuscripts for publication in a forthcoming special issue of the journal. 

To mark the 500th anniversary of the publication of Sir Thomas More's Utopia, EPAT is returning to the concept of utopia to extract from it responses to the current pedagogic ills plaguing higher education institutions across the planet. Central to this project is a consideration of the role of the university as a site or 'island' for the creation of 'worlds'.

Faced with the bout of psychical ills assaulting the student body (social withdrawal, reduced tolerance to frustration and conflict situations resulting in violent outbursts, disindividuation [Stiegler], depression, drug and networking addiction, and, despite enhanced connectivity, widespread loneliness and indifference - leading to suicidal tendencies in worst cases), the ambition of this CFP is to extract from the concept of utopia new theoretical weapons to counteract the 'sad passions' prevalent in higher education. The thrust of this CFP is to search out traces of resistance, experimentation and creativity, counter-power and counter-thought in higher education institutions across the planet. Defending the fabulatory, utopian function of philosophy (philosophy as a form of absolute deterritorialization in Deleuze) in order to resist negativity, resignation and despair, the CFP is asking for reflections on how to makephilosophy itself an immanent weapon of resistance, a force of the new, a means to unearth the forgotten or forsaken, a site for the invention of "new possibilities of life". 

From an educational and philosophical point of view, we are asking for papers which critique and contest the (im)possibility of thinking utopia as such. Using concepts drawn from utopian literature, philosophy of education, continental thought as well as science fiction, cinema studies, feminism, queer studies etc, the special issue will address the question of the university's capacity to create worlds. We shall look beyond the affects of fear and hope to the sense of weapon-creation in Deleuze and what form this might take in the light of globalization or the ‘unworld’ - the sense of the world as vile and unwelcoming, the geo-trauma of the anthropocene, and the end of world-creation as we know it. By resurrecting the concept of utopia, it is envisaged that the CFP will collate original, thought-provoking and transdisciplinary contributions, thereby presenting to the reader a comprehensive, informed and invaluable new vision of what Joff Bradley has designated a geophilosophy of education.

Please submit abstracts electronically to Joff P.N. Bradley <joff@main.teikyo-u.ac.jp>, and Gerald Argenton <gentan@lit.tamagawa.ac.jp> by June 30th, 2017. Final papers for peer review should are to be submitted by October 1st, and should be no more than 7000 words in length, including references. Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. A guide for authors, sample issues, and other relevant information is available on the EPAT website <https://pesa.org.au/our-publications>

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Joff Bradley or Gerald Argenton


H.G. Wells and Bernard Shaw: Socialism and the Irrational

Saturday 23 September 2017, 9am-6pm

London School of Economics and Political Science, London WC2

REGISTRATION

The conference is jointly organised by the LSE Language Centre, the H. G. Wells Society, and the Shaw Society.   It will be accompanied by a small display in the LSE Women’s Library on Wells, Shaw and women, including original documents from the Women’s Library collection.   The conference will be held in LSE’s New Academic Building (on the corner of Lincoln’s Inn Fields). 

Keynote speakers:  Michael Cox, Emeritus Professor of International Relations, LSE

Elizabeth Crawford, author of The Women's Suffrage Movement (2001) and Campaigning for the Vote (2013)

Conference fee: £40 (£35 retired/student/unwaged), including tea, coffee and sandwich lunch.

Numbers are limited, so we would ask you to register as soon as possible, either by paying the full conference fee or a £10 non-returnable deposit.   Any cancellations must be received by the Treasurer by 8 September.

 Payments may be made by sterling cheque payable to The H. G. Wells Society, by bank transfer or by Paypal. 

For a copy of the registration form, please contact Valerie Fitch, Treasurer, H. G. Wells Society, 20 Upper Field Close, Hereford, Herefordshire HR2 7SW, United Kingdom (valerie.fitch@btinternet.com), or download it from the Society's website at http://hgwellssociety.com

 


Roundtable CFP
Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Convention
Pittsburgh, April 12th to 15th, 2018.
 
Celebrating H.G. Wells: Teaching His Literature in the 21st Century
 
For 152 years, H.G. Wells has been part of our literary cannon in science fiction, criticism and utopian projections. Fiction writers have the latitude to focus on current issues of their time, often in the guise of fictional places and/or unusual characters. H.G. Wells did exactly that in his science fiction as well as his fiction stories. Wells’ vision of an “open conspiracy of intellectuals and willful people” to build Cosmopolis occurs regularly in most of his fiction, and appears prominently in his major prophetic writings before 1914: in Anticipations, in A Modern Utopia, and elsewhere (W. Warren Wagar 40-42). The focus of this roundtable is to discuss the techniques H.G. Wells utilized, to discuss the interface between Wells’ literature and film adaptations, to assess the possible implications as seen in his literature as well as in the film adaptations, and to share pedagogical skills employed to reveal the genius of Wells.
 
Please send a 250 to 300 word abstract to Annette M. Magid, magida@ecc.edu OR a_magid@yahoo.com. Include “H.G. Wells at NeMLA 2018” on the subject line. Please include your name, position, e-mail address and the title
 

Call for Papers

Escrito por Arquitectura Anahuac

La convocatoria a este Foro está abierta a la arquitectura y a otras disciplinas afines que puedan aportar otros enfoques a los temas de trabajo, como son urbanismo, ciencia de datos, antropología, geografía, historia, arte, responsabilidad social, etc.

La participación en el Foro se podrá realizar por dos medios:

Desarrollo de una ponencia en español o inglés formato long abstract con una extensión entre 2000 y 3000 palabras escritas en formato Word (.doc).

Presentación de un cartel de investigación tamaño 90 x 60 cm en formato .pdf, según el formato adjunto a continuación.

Tanto las ponencias, como los carteles serán seleccionados mediante revisión por pares y estos formarán parte de la publicación de la memoria del Foro.

Las ponencias y los carteles deberán ir referidos a las siguientes áreas temáticas (para más detalles ver apartado Bloques temáticos):

La relevancia de la arquitectura en la sociedad.

Crisis y utopía.

Architecture and migration.

La vivienda como soporte de transformación social.

Patrimonio arquitectónico - urbano y turismo.

La arquitectura sustentable y su impacto social.

Tecnología como contribuyente de mejora social.

Urbanismo progresivo, o como producir ciudad para integrar.

Accesibilidad urbana y recuperación de espacios públicos.

La importancia del patrimonio arquitectónico en la sociedad.

PONENCIAS

Los interesados en participar en el Foro con una ponencia deberán enviar un abstract (entre 400 y 500 palabras) y un breve currículum vitae (150 palabras) al e-mail de contacto del Foro con el asunto “Foro Arquitectura y Sociedad. Ponencia para bloque: Nombre del bloque temático”, indicando el nombre correspondiente del bloque en el que se quiere participar.

Las participaciones podrán estar escritas en español o en inglés y deberán ser presentadas en formato Microsoft Word (extensión .doc). Abstract y curriculum vitae se enviarán en dos archivos separados.

En la presentación del abstract, la primera página estará compuesta únicamente por:

El título del artículo en Arial, negrita, cpo. 12. y un subtítulo opcional en cpo. 10. Alineación justificada.

El nombre del autor/autores que debe ir en negrita. Alineación justificada.

La segunda página estará compuesta por:

El resumen, que debe enviarse en español y en inglés, con una extensión entre 400 y 500 palabras. Ha de ser escrito en Arial cursiva, cpo. 9.

Las palabras clave: un máximo de diez palabras significativas y un mínimo de cinco.

El Comité Científico seleccionará un máximo de cuarenta ponencias que se presentarán durante el evento (15 min.) y que se publicarán en la Memoria del Foro. Una vez seleccionadas las ponencias se notificarán las normas de redacción de estas y se solicitará el envío de la carta de cesión de derechos firmada.

CARTELES

Los interesados en participar en el Foro con un cartel deberán enviarlo en tamaño 90 x 60 cm, 300 ppp y extensión .pdf mediante un e-mail a la dirección de correo de contacto del Foro con el asunto “Foro Arquitectura y Sociedad. Cartel para bloque: Nombre del bloque temático”, indicando el nombre correspondiente del bloque en el que se quiere participar. El archivo deberá de ser menor a 5 MB.

En la realización del cartel se tendrá que incluir un encabezado y pie de página con los datos requeridos según el formato que se adjunta en la siguiente liga: Formato cartel illustrator o formato cartel .pdf. La tipografía a utilizar será Arial, con tamaño mínimo 18 puntos.

La propuesta para el cartel deberá señalar con claridad los apartados de: Introducción, metodología, discusión, conclusiones y referencias (un máximo de 10).

* El material gráfico empleado deberá ser libre de derechos, ser imágenes de su autoría o contar con la cesión de derechos por escrito del autor correspondiente

http://pegaso.anahuac.mx/arquitectura/index.php/call-for-papers

Última actualización el Martes, 07 de Marzo de 2017 23:58


(Im)possible Worlds: Future and Utopia in Literature, Cinema, and Art (Madrid, 25-27 October, 2017)

Organized by: HISTOPIA Project (Historia del futuro); and Red Trasatlántica de Estudio de las Utopías (Transatlantic Utopian Studies Network)

Collaborators: Madrid Capital: la utopía liberal (IULCE-UAM) Project;

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras,

Departamento de Historia Contemporánea.

Nowadays, contemporary utopias are not usually set in imaginary places, but use the future as a territory where possible worlds are imagined. By showing alternative lifestyles, these future worlds have allowed human creativity to still challenge the established order even after our whole planet is now well-known to Geography. Artists, writers and filmmakers have shown over the last centuries that it remains possible to explore possible and impossible worlds in order to expand our freedom of thought and of questioning the existing order.

Under the title (Im)Possible Worlds: Future and Utopia in Literature, Film and the Arts, this conference will provide an occasion to debate the shape of things to come in these different fields of creation. We believe that utopian and dystopian thinking is very much alive in the arts, film and literary fiction. It has evolved over time, but it has always been an incentive for us not to uncritically accept what is already known. For example, TV series and video games are new media through which the younger generations from the second half of the twentieth century and today have become familiar with the future. There are certainly positive elements in this capacity to look forward in an age rather focusing on memory and the past, despite its lack of historical awareness. Historical revisionism, prevalent nowadays, operates with stereotyped fragments from the past, whereas their commercial use aims to place us at the end of history. Against this ideologically retrospective background, we propose a prospective turn reclaiming the future as a symbolic venue for collective emancipation and as a territory where the new and the unexpected prevail.

 This conference's goal is to provide a forum for further analysis of all cultural products dealing with the idea of the future and utopia over the past two centuries, up to now, as well as to reflect on the reception and the impact of those products on the creation of future worlds. We do so in a multidisciplinary way, by inviting interested scholars in art, history, philosophy, philology, cultural and literary studies, sociology, anthropology, political science, film studies and other fields to discuss the future as a rich, as well as elusive, topic. The different views on the works and their context will allow us to ask ourselves how we give meaning to the future and how we can help to turn it into a time of freedom, hope and creative imagination.

ORGANISATION

The conference will take place on October the 25th, 26th and 27th (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) 2017 at Centro Cultural La Corrala (C/ Carlos Arniches, 3 and 5, 28005 — Madrid).

HOW TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS

If you are interested in attending this conference as a speaker, you should send your name and the title and abstract (250-500 words) of your paper by June the 1st 2017 to redutopias@gmail.com. You should also mention your academic affiliation or your organisation, movement or community. The languages in this conference will be Spanish and English.

A scientific committee will select the papers according to their interest and quality, taking into account the time and space available for the conference sessions.


3rd INTERNATIONAL MULTIDISCIPLINARY CONGRESS PHI 2017: “PROGRESS(ES) - THEORIES AND PRACTICES”

Extended Call for Paper - till March 15th, 2017
October 4th - 7th 2017 – CONGRESS
October 2nd - 7th 2017 – WORKSHOP

ITALY - BARI

INTRODUCTION

“Non puo esserci progresso senza affrontare l’ignoto”
“Não pode haver progresso sem se enfrentar o desconhecido”
“There cannot be progress without facing the unknown”

Zaha Hadid (1950-2016)

The research units CIAUD (FA - UL) and CHAM (FCSH-UNL-UAç) in a joint organization with Architectural and Urban Design - Polytechnic University of Bari (Poliba) invite researchers from different scientific areas and cultures to gather in Bari, October 4th to 7th 2017, for the International and Multidisciplinary Congress PHI 2017 – “PROGRESS(ES) - THEORIES AND PRACTICES”. The organizers propose that the papers should focus on Architecture/Engineering, Arts and Humanities and Natural Sciences. Papers should take into account how Progress, through its theories and practices, affect(ed) societies in both its individual and collective spheres, either by improving, harming or even placing these two spheres in conflict. Participants may propose different scientific areas that will be taken under consideration by the Scientific Committee, in accordance with the principles afore-mentioned.
All proposed papers will undergo a double-blind peer review. The papers accepted will be included in a book offered to participants on the first day of the Congress. The authors of each paper will sign the authorization for the subsequent publication on open access and renouncing individual copyrights.

Functioning in straight alliance with the Congress PHI 2017, there will take place a Workshop for students, October 2nd to October 7th 2017, with the participation of some invited Congress members, who will coordinate the students’ work, on the same thematic as those chosen for the Congress. All information on the Workshop will be available at the Polytechnic of Bari (Poliba).

• Congress official language: English

Scientific areas;
• Architecture
• Arts and Humanities
• Design
• Engineering
• Social and Natural Sciences
• Technology

Link: http://phi.fa.ulisboa.pt/index.php/en/


10th - 14th February, Middleton Hall at the University of Hull
 
Digital Dystopias is a festival that explores how digital technology is transforming society and shaping our collective futures through award-winning cinema, virtual reality, literature and performance
https://digitaldystopias.com
 

 
Mobile Utopia: pasts, presents, futures
Joint Conference Cemore | T2M | Cosmobilities
Lancaster University, UK, 2-5 November 2017
 
This joint conference will bring together historians, researchers, artists, policy-makers, designers, and innovators to explore Mobile Utopia: pasts, presents, futures. Lancaster’s Centre for Mobilities Research, the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M) and the Cosmobilities Network have joined together to invite contributions across the spectrum of mobile utopian themes. Recognising the global uncertainties of the Anthropocene, we invite reflections on utopia (and dystopia) that explore how societies have shaped, and have been shaped by, complex im|mobilities, from microbial to big data mobilities, from horse-drawn carriages to driverless cars, from migration to planetary jet streams. 
 
We invite proposals deploying utopia as a heuristic and creative methodology – rather than as a narrative closed system – which challenges our assumptions about what has been possible in the past and what will be possible and preferable in the future. We welcome reflections from any city, country or place, in relation to any theme, scale, or period in history. In addition, proposals may address any aspect of the history, and social, cultural, economic, technological, ecological and political aspects of transport, traffic and mobility. Proposals are encouraged to use a range of formats, academic, creative and otherwise, as outlined in the full call for papers (see link below). 
 
We welcome contributions from any academic perspective or discipline, as well as contributions by artists, professionals, policy makers and practitioners. Recent entrants to the research field and doctoral students are especially welcome, with reduced rates and travel bursaries available in some cases.
 
The full call and further details on the conference are available here.
If you have any questions, please contact submissions@cemore.org 
 

Realities and World Building, University of Vienna, September 20th-23rd 2017

The creation and experience of “new” worlds is a central appeal of the fantastic. From Middle Earth to variations of the Final Frontier, the fantastic provides a seemingly infinite number of fantastic “worlds” and world concepts. It develops and varies social and cultural systems, ideologies, biological and climatic conditions, cosmologies and different time periods. Its potential and self-conception between the possible and the impossible offer perspectives to nearly every field of research.

     The plurality and concurrent existence of different, even contradictory concepts of reality is an established topos in cultural and social sciences.[1] In a similar fashion, scientific narratives can simultaneously coexist with fantastic ones within the cultural network of meaning[2] – without creating an existential antagonism between them. The reason for that is not that one of these narratives is true while the other is not, but – following Hayden White, who assumed that scientific and literary narratives have more in common than not[3] – because both of them are fictional. If a fantastic narrative is internally consistent, it is in a Wittgensteinian sense[4] as true as Newton’s laws. This poses an existential problem for the fantastic: if it applies to every consistent narrative, what is the defining difference between fantastic and other narratives? 

     In our everyday practice, however, we seem to easily distinguish the fantastic from other aspects of reality. How is that possible? How can fantastic worlds emerge within and besides other multiple world-conceptions? What are the functions of fantastic worlds in the construction of reality? In designating texts as fantastic, we explicitly assert their fictitious character. Which practices do we employ to facilitate this designation?

     We call narratives fantastic that violate our common reality consensus, thus establishing their own counter-reality consensus – in other words, a different world. This is done in different ways, thereby defining fantastic genres: for example, science fiction uses key motives like objects and cultural practices (interstellar travels, wormhole-generators, etc.) for world-building that belong to a realm of conceivable future possibility. While the modern scientific reality consensus does not categorically preclude beaming, it does deny the very possibility of a demon summoning.

     In order to serve as a foil to the real, the fantastic has to play an ambiguous role: key motives of its multiple worlds have to be recognizable as imaginary, but at the same time at least some of these elements have to be linked with common reality consensus. A typical strategy for achieving this ambiguity is the incorporation of cultural practices that remind us of established perceptions of history, most prominently perhaps the European Middle Ages. Thus, a perceptible distance between the narrative and the recipient’s common reality consensus gets established, while using parts of this very consensus to render the narrative comprehensible.

     Wolfgang Iser considers the “fictive” to be an intentional act, and the “imaginary” the recipient’s conception of the fictionalization’s effects.[5] World Building is part of every narrative, but as a result of variable cultural contexts, every narrative is involved in different modes of production and perception. The conference aims to emphasize and reflect these very acts of fictionalization used to build fantastic worlds – in different media, and on theoretical as well as methodological levels.

Accepted Keynotes:

Stefan Ekman (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)

Farah Mendlesohn (University of Stafford, UK)

Possible Topics:

  • Intermedia (and media-specific) features and indicators of fantastic worlds in film, TV, literature, (digital) games, etc.
  • How does the extradiegetic constitute fantastic worlds and vice versa? Social and cultural systems, ideologies, biological and climatic conditions, cosmologies, etc.
  • World-building methods and practices: reflections on economic and technical resources; transparent world-building (Making-ofs, exhibitions, interviews, etc.)
  • Construction plans: sourcebooks, world editors, Table-Tops, miniatures, dioramas, LARPs
  • We are of course open to further suggestions. The conference will also feature an “Open Track” for presentations beyond the scope of this CFP.

The GFF awards two stipends to students to help finance traveling costs (250 Euro each). Please indicate if you would like to be considered. 

CALL HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO February 28th 2017: please send short bio & abstracts (500 words max.) to thomas.walach@univie.ac.at

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[1]    Shmuel N. Eisenstadt, Multiple Modernities, in: Daedalus 129/1 (2000), p. 1-29, 1; Ernst Bloch, Tübinger Einleitung in die Philosophie (Suhrkamp: Frankfurt a. M. 1977), p. 146; Claude Lévi-Strauss, La pensée sauvage (Plon: Paris 1962) p. 26.

[2]    Clifford Geertz, Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture, in: The Interpretation of Cultures. Selected Essays (Basic Books: New York 1973), p. 3-30, 3.

[3]    Hayden White, The Content of the Form. Narrative Discourse and Historical Representation (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press: Baltimore, Md. 1987), p. 2.

[4]    Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus logico-philosophicus, 4.22.

[5]    Wolfgang Iser, Das Fiktive und das Imaginäre. Perspektiven literarischer Anthropologie (Surhkamp: Frankfurt am Main 1993), S. 20.

 


Call for Papers and Proposals 42nd Meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies
CPF Deadline: July 15, 2017
 
Conference Theme: Utopian Gracelands, Dystopian Blues, and the City on the Bluff
When: Nov 9-12, 2017Where: Doubletree By Hilton Memphis Downtown, 185 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 
 
The Society for Utopian Studies is pleased to be meeting once again in Memphis, Tennessee, and invites you to submit papers and proposals on the theme, “Utopian Gracelands, Dystopian Blues, and the City on the Bluff.” As an interdisciplinary society from its founding, we encourage scholars and practitioners from any academic field to join and participate, as well as architects, city planners, artists, musicians—anyone whose work relates to utopian thought and possibility, and dystopian realities and visions. Members of intentional communities are also welcome to attend and/or to present.Abstracts and proposals of up to 250 words are due by 15 July 2017 for the following:
  • a 15-20 minute individual paper;
  • a full panel of up to four speakers, or an informal roundtable of 3-6 presenters (encouraged!);
  • a performance of a creative work or presentation of an artwork or artifact;
  • a visual/audio presentation in the form of a poster and/or demo.

As we do every year, the Society invites papers on any topic related to the literature, history and theory of utopia in literature and practice. This broad umbrella covers dystopia, science fiction, speculative fiction, communal experiments and failures, film representations of any of the above.However, we especially welcome proposals related to our place-based conference theme: Utopian Gracelands, Dystopian Blues, and the City on the Bluff. The City of Memphis is famous for many things: its role in “King Cotton” and the slave trade; its role in the Civil Rights Movement; its music of blues, soul, and jazz; its barbecue and catfish; and, of course, its river. Within walking distance of the Doubletree Downtown, you can visit iconic sites representing each of these: The National Civil Rights Museum; Beale Street, Sun Studios, and (a short drive from downtown) Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland; the Rendezvous for barbecue; and you can’t really miss the “mighty” Mississippi River.  Less well known is the history of indigenous peoples from the Quapaw and Chickasaw Nations, who inhabited the area now known as Memphis on the Mississippi River bluffs, and forced to leave during the Indian Removals of the 1800s. Burial mounds are still visible within the city limits. (Other Tennessee tribes include the Shawnee, Yuchi, Cherokee, and Koasati). Memphis also claims its fame as the home of FedEx, and of America’s first supermarket chain, Piggly Wiggly.  Memphis history thus provides a wide variety of possible approaches and topics related to utopian and dystopian thought and practice. We particularly invite papers related to any aspect of the following: 

  • Civil Rights and Utopian Political Movements: the history of utopian politics and political movement in Memphis and the South; “the Promised Land” 
  • Indigenous Communities: Utopia and Dystopia, Before and After the European Arrival
  • Global Memphis: from riverboats to vapor trails; transnational exchanges (of cotton, slaves, culture, and packages) 
  • The Mississippi River in Song and Literature
  • The Memphis Sound and the History of Contemporary Music
  • African American Literatures and Histories
  • Southern Intentional Communities
  • Indigenous Literatures and Histories
  • Graceland: Elvis Presley and/or his famous home; but also the concept of grace, and its relation to utopian thinking or thematics. Another possible related topic: Celebrity
  • Supermarkets and Consumer Utopias

As noted above, non-theme related papers are always accepted!  Recent themes of interest at our meetings have included: 

  • Science/Speculative Fictions from around the world
  • Digital Humanities—given the longevity of Utopia and its many imitators, what forms of technology showcase this texts or other imagined or real-world utopias?
  • Teaching—pedagogical issues in teaching Utopia and similar works of utopian fiction, teaching dystopian works, theories of teaching speculative fiction
  • Artwork—presentations or displays of art and/or analyses of utopian themes in the works of Memphis or Southern artists 

**DEADLINE: 15 July 2017 for 250-word abstracts and proposals**Please use our online forms for submissions by clicking on Submit A Proposal  on our conference website, http://utopian-studies.org/conference2017.

 
For information about registration, travel or accommodations, please contact Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor at jaw55@psu.edu; for information about panel topics, assistance finding co-panelists, and other questions about the conference program, please contact Andrew Byers or Elizabeth Schreiber-Byers at SUS2017Conference@gmail.com.
 
Those looking for co-panelists are reminded that H-Utopia (https://networks.h-net.org/h-utopia) offers a platform for sending out panel CFPs.And for information on restaurants, local maps, transportation, and other information about the Memphis area, visit http://www.memphistravel.com/.
AND DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE SOCIETY’S AWARDS. Nominate yourself, or someone else, as appropriate!
Arthur O. Lewis Award – for younger scholars, revision of SUS conference paper. Deadline approaching: February 28, 2017
Eugenio Battisti Award – for the best article in Utopian Studies (journal) during 2016
Kenneth M. Roemer Innovative Course Design Award – for creative course modules or syllabi. Deadline: Sept 15, 2017
Larry E. Hough Distinguished Service Award – for service to the Society
Lyman Tower Sargent Award for Distinguished Scholarship – for lifetime achievement in the field of Utopian Studies
 


We invite you to submit papers, panels, and presentations for Academic Programming <http://wiscon.net/programming/academic/> at WisCon 41! Join us for a weekend dedicated to imagining, exploring, and critiquing alternate worlds, technological transformations, and the possibilities and processes for creating the feminist, decolonial, anti-racist, anti-ableist, anti-fascist futures we so badly need.

WisCon has a track of academic programming that is open to undergraduate, postgraduate, and independent scholars. One of the benefits of this track is that it strengthens the links between the wider feminist science fiction community and students and other scholars working on feminist science fiction and fantasy and related fields. The track operates very much like a conventional academic conference, with presentations based on individual or collaborative research. However, scholarly work on all aspects of feminist science fiction reaches an audience at WisCon that gives a kind of passionate and informed feedback that is rare at academic conferences.

We invite proposals from anyone with a scholarly interest in the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class, and disability with science fiction — broadly defined — in literature, media, culture, and politics. We particularly welcome scholarship on the work of our Guests of Honor, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Amal El-Mohtar, and on the histories and cultures of feminist and social-justice-oriented fan communities. We encourage submissions from scholars in all fields, including interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary areas, and from amateur and independent scholars as well as graduate students, postdocs, and faculty.

Deadline

The deadline for submitting proposals for our Academic Programming is Thursday, Feb. 23, at 11:59pm Central Time.

An incomplete list of possible subjects

The political work of speculative imagination in the new age of right-wing populism

Speculative aspects of feminist and social justice movements Science fiction and feminist science and technology studies

Gender, sexuality, race, class, and disability in individual works of science fiction and fantasy, especially in the works of our

Guests of Honor Feminist, queer, critical race, and critical disability analysis of science fiction and fantasy in media (film, television, music, video games, online culture)

Race, colonialism, and speculative fiction; Afrofuturism and related cultural movements Fan cultures and communities

Teaching feminist science fiction and other aspects of feminist pedagogy

Feminist practice and speculative fiction in academic institutions

An incomplete list of possible formats

15-20 minute paper presentations, with or without visual accompaniment

Groups of presentations submitted together as panels

Presentation of scholarly creative works, including digital scholarship

Readings from recently published or forthcoming scholarly books

Discussion-based panels and roundtables on scholarly research, teaching, or service

Mentoring sessions on academic professional life: graduate study, the job market, tenure and promotion, publishing and presentation, doing scholarship outside conventional institutions

Screenings and discussions of short films or videos Submitting your proposal

Submit your proposal using our online form <http://account.wiscon.net/paper/> (requires a WisCon login). You will be asked for a 100-word abstract, which will be printed in the convention’s program, and for a more detailed proposal of up to 500 words. If you are proposing something other than a traditional paper, please make sure you describe the format of your proposed program item. A projector and screen will be available; if you have further technological needs, please let us know in your proposal.

Announcing a new workshop on feminist scholarship!

This year, for the first time, we will be running a workshop on feminist science fiction scholarship as part of WisCon’s Writers’ Workshop <http://wiscon.net/events/writers-workshop/>, which takes place on Friday, May 26, before the conventional officially begins. The deadline for submitting work will be in April. Further announcements will be made on the WisCon blog <http://wiscon.net/blog> and listed on the Academic Programming page <http://wiscon.net/programming/academic/>. If you have any questions, contact us via email: academic@wiscon.net <mailto:academic@wiscon.net>

 


 
Imaginaries of the Future is delighted to announce the call for contributions for its fifth symposium, Utopia After the Human, to be held at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, from the 11-12th April 2017. It is free to attend and bursaries are available. Read on for more details….
Call for Contributions
What subjectivities exist within, against and beyond our present? Is ‘the human’ still a viable subject for an emancipatory politics? And if not, what does this mean for utopianism? Is it even possible to think utopia apart from the human? How might we distinguish between technological futurisms that (re-)centre the human and those that de-centre it?
The fifth Imaginaries of the Future: Historicizing the Present symposium will explore the relationship between utopia(nism) and subjectivity. We welcome proposals for twenty minute presentations that explore the relationship between the post-, trans-, more-than-, non-, and/or in-human and utopia(nism) from any academic discipline. We also welcome proposals from artists, film-makers, musicians, activists or indeed anyone else from outside the academy. This may include the presentation of artistic work, or presentations that do not otherwise conform to academic norms.
We particularly welcome proposals for presentations that challenge dominant narratives regarding the ‘turn’ away from the human. Particular racialized, gendered and disabled subjects have long been excluded from the category of ‘the human’, whilst many Indigenous cosmologies reject understandings of ‘the human’ that underpin Western thought. Many such subjects have also been excluded from and by various utopianisms, even as they develop forms of knowledge and praxis that might be thought of as utopian.
Papers should engage with the concept of utopia(nism) (or a related term: dystopia, anti-utopia, heterotopia, etc.), although this engagement can be critical. We do not expect all presenters to have familiarity with academic work on utopia.
“Utopia after the Human” will be a small, intimate, symposium with no parallel sessions. Participants are expected to attend all of the two-day program so that discussions can develop across the whole symposium. Consequently, we will not accept virtual presentations unless this forms an integral part of the presentation’s content, and where someone will be able to be physically present during the symposium.
Specific topics through which presentations may interrogate the relationship between posthumanism and utopianism include but are not limited to:      
Posthuman bodies, posthuman subjects
  • Posthuman, transhuman, more-than-human and/or inhuman?
  • Intersections/co-constitutions of race, gender, class, (dis)ability and queerness
  • Cyborgs and post-cyborgs
  • Alien, animal, vegetable and mineral agency
  • Health and aging
  • (Dis)ability
  • Prosthetics, drugs, body modifications
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexuality, sex, desire
  • Consciousness and intelligence
Decolonizing posthumanism
  • Indigenous cosmologies
  • Afrofuturisms
  • Indigenous futurisms
  • Posthumanism and the Black Radical Tradition
  • Beyond decolonization as metaphor
Posthuman technologies
  • Neither technophobia nor technophilia
  • Ecology as technology
  • Computing, robotics, cyberspace
  • Mobile technologies
  • Biomimicry
  • Transhumanism, singularity, immortality
Posthumans, home and community
  • (Anti-) posthumanism in intentional, religious and utopian communities
  • Cyberspace and online communities
  • Beyond the (nuclear) family
  • New territories: posthumans in space, under the sea…
Extrapolations, fictions, visions
  • Novels, short stories, poetry, comics
  • Computer and video games
  • Music
  • Film and television
  • Art (visual, digital, plastic, sound, participatory…)
  • Apps and locative media
The political economy of posthumanism
  • Capitalist posthumanisms
  • Post-capitalist, socialist and communist posthumanisms
  • Gendered, racialized and classed work
  • Posthumanism through/within/against/beyond the state
  • Social reproduction and care work
  • Automation and its discontents
Posthumanism and the state
  • Military posthumanisms
  • Posthuman colonialism
  • Police and state violence
  • Law, justice and posthumanism
  • Posthuman rights/post ‘human rights’
Posthuman ecologies
  • Posthumans in/as ecology
  • The anthropocene, capitalocene, plantationocene, ctulhucene, homogenocene…
  • Beyond the nature/culture divide
  • Non-Western ecologies
Posthuman cosmologies
  • Posthumanism and religion
  • Spirits, deities, ghosts, demons, angels
  • Posthumanism as/after postmodernity
Spatializing the Posthuman
  • Posthumanism Cities
  • Posthuman Architecture
  • Posthuman Interiors
  • Posthuman Domesticity
Proposal Deadline
Please send proposals to utopiaafterthehuman@gmail.com by midnight (UTC)Monday 23rdJanuary, 2017.
Special journal issues
The Imaginaries of the Future: Historicizing the Present network is producing four special issues of the open access Open Library of Humanities journal. These will feature versions of papers presented at our six symposia. There is no obligation to publish, but we hope that many presenters will consider submitting a paper for consideration.
Costs and Bursaries
There is no cost to present at Utopia After the Human. Lunches and refreshments will be provided.
In addition, we are pleased to offer five bursaries of up to £350 and two of up to £1000. These can be used to reclaim costs accrued through travel, food and accommodation (regrettably, bursaries cannot be paid in advance). We particularly welcome applications for these from people of colour, people from indigenous backgrounds, those whose gender identities do not conform to hegemonic gendered norms, and disabled people.
To apply for a bursary please include the following with your proposal:
  • An estimation of your costs for the trip and details of any other sources of funding available to you.
  • A mini-CV (maximum two sides A4) or a brief account of any information pertinent to your application (maximum one side of A4). This might include information on current, former or future projects (academic, artistic, activist, literary, etc.).
If you have any queries about any aspect of this call please email david.bell@ncl.ac.uk.

 


JOURNAL OF GLOBAL STUDIES AND CONTEMPORARY ART, Vol. 4 (2016)

Open call for participation in the thematic issue:
NON-TEXTUAL UTOPIAS

Editor: Julia Ramírez Blanco

Universitat de Barcelona
Critical Cartography of Art and Visuality in the Global Part III R+D Project (I+D+I HAR 2016-75100-P).
Art Globalization Interculturality R+D Project (AGI/ART: 2014SGR 1050)
PI: Dra. Anna María Guasch

Reception of Abstracts: December 1 - January 15, 2017
Reception of Articles: January 15 - April 15, 2017

The Journal of Global Studies and Contemporary Art is an indexed journal and an open access online publication, which aims to analyse visuality, contemporary artistic practices and cultural conflicts through a global perspective. REG | AC is associated with the research group Art Globalization Interculturality (AGI) of the Art History Department in the University of Barcelona. In the context of the 500 anniversary of Thomas More´s Utopia, the fourth issue of REG | AC will be dedicated to NON-TEXTUAL UTOPIAS.

There is a long tradition of texts which address the subject of utopia through the literary genre which was initiated by Thomas More in 1516. However, for some time (at least since Karl Mannheim) utopian studies have included many other expressions of the social imagination, encompassing all forms of proposing profound social change, whose radical otherness becomes inconceivable or unrealisable from the ideological prejudices of the time in question. From that point of view, utopia can be seen more as a method than as a specific form (Ruth Levitas). For his part, Lyman Tower Sargent has spoken of the three faces of utopia: utopian literature, social theory, and utopian practice.

With his theorisation of the “principle of hope”, Ernst Bloch had already highlighted the role of art as a sphere of the creation of utopias. If the paintings of arcadias and paradises and the maps of ideal cities are an obvious manner of addressing the question, the matter becomes more complicated after the eighteenth century, when art starts to conceive of itself as an agent of social change, situated between the axes of representation and praxis.

Within the framework of the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia, REG | AC journal dedicates a monographic edition to NON-TEXTUAL UTOPIAS, seeking to reflect on utopias that are not based on the written text. In this respect, our interest starts out from a reflection on artistic practices and the expression of the utopian within contemporary visual culture. However, understanding the symbolic as an expanded field that merges with the performative and the spatial, we also welcome contributions that consider the utopian dimensions of political and communitarian practices. Despite centring ourselves on a temporal framework of the period since the fall of the Berlin Wall, we are also interested in studies that approach the context of the twentieth century and the end of the nineteenth century. We seek texts, images, or artistic projects that deal with subjects such as:

- Utopia in art and architecture
- Utopian imagination based on the visual
- Iconographies of Utopia
- Art and communitarian practice
- Political imagination and utopia
- Contemporary communes
- Activism and utopia
- Non-Western utopias
- Filmic Utopias and science fiction
- Dimensions of possibility and impossibility within utopia
- The relationship between utopia and reality.

Author guidelines

REG/AC is an indexed journal, and thus the articles must be unpublished and written according APA citation guidelines (see: http://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/REGAC/about/submissions). Articles will be evaluated through peer review by two anonymous referees. The journal will be distributed under a Creative Commons license: this will enable the work to be shared with third parties by previously providing their acknowledgement of authorship, its initial publication in this journal, and its conditions of license.
The length of the articles must be between 20,000 and 40,000 characters (3000-6000 words), in addition to images if the author wishes to include them (in this case, the author will be responsible for asking permission to publish them, following the author guidelines about "Use of images": http://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/REGAC/about/submissions#authorGuideline...).

Call instructions

To participate in the call, please send an email to info.regac@gmail.com with the subject "REGAC UTOPIAS". Attached should be an abstract of your proposal in two documents (WORD and PDF) including: 1) Title, 2) A 1500 characters Abstract (250 words), 3) Keywords, 4) A brief CV of the author, specifying educational background, academic and professional activity, publications, and contact details. Considering the bilingual nature of REG|AC Journal, proposals are accepted both in English and Spanish.
The call for abstracts submission is open from December 1 to January 15 2017, both included. The Editorial Committee will conduct the evaluation and selection of articles, and authors will be notified of acceptance for the publication within 15 daysfrom the abstract deadline. The reception period for the acceptance of selected articles will be open between January 15 and April 15, 2017.


 

 The 3rd INTERNATIONAL MULTIDISCIPLINARY CONGRESS PHI 2017: “PROGRESS(ES) - THEORIES AND PRACTICES” to be held in Bari - Italy in October 2017 is already open.
The call for the submission of abstracts with full papers for preselection closes on January, 31st, 2017.

Online submission: dis-harmonies@fa.ulisboa.pt 

We are looking forward to receive your contributions,
Meanwhile go to our site to check for news!  http://phi.fa.ulisboa.pt/index.php/en/   
                                          


2017: A Clarke Odyssey
A Conference Marking the Centenary of Sir Arthur C. Clarke
Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK
Saturday 9 December 2017
Keynote Speakers: Stephen Baxter, Dr Sarah Dillon

Sir Arthur C. Clarke is one of the most important British sf writers of the twentieth century – novelist, short-story writer, scriptwriter, science populariser, fan, presenter of documentaries on the paranormal, proposer of the uses of the geosynchronous orbit and philanthropist.We want to celebrate his life, work and influence on science fiction, science and beyond. We are looking for a twenty-minute papers on topics such as:

  • Clarke’s fiction
  • Clarke, science and scientists
  • Alien encounters and first contact
  • A.I. and computers
  • Big Dumb Objects
  • the Cold War
  • his influence and influences
  • collaborations with other writers
  • adaptations to film, television, radio and comic books – 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, Rendezvous with Rama, Trapped in Space, etc.
  • Young Adult fiction
  • politics
  • ethnicity/race
  • gender, sex and sexuality
  • nationality
  • religion and the paranormal
  • Sri Lanka/Ceylon
  • the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction, the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for achievements in space and the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation awards

Please submit four-hundred-word abstracts and a hundred-word biography to AndrewMButler42@gmail.com and P.A.March-Russell@kent.ac.uk by 30 July 2017. The conference will be co-organised by Dr Andrew M. Butler (Canterbury Christ Church University) and Dr Paul March-Russell (University of Kent). Further details will be available from https://2017aclarkeodyssey.wordpress.com/


 4th International Conference His Master’s Voice: Utopias, Dystopias, and Ecotopias, 23rd-26th March 2017. Villa Decius in Kraków (Poland)

Anticipation 2017 

From 8-10 November 2017, Anticipation 2017 will bring international researchers, practitioners and scholars to London to explore how ideas of the future shape action in the present.

The 2nd International Conference on Anticipation provides an interdisciplinary meeting ground in which researchers, scholars and practitioners who are seeking to understand anticipation and anticipatory practices can come together to deepen their understanding and create productive new connections. The overarching aim of the conference and of the emerging field of Anticipation Studies is to create new understandings of how individuals, groups, institutions, systems and cultures use ideas of the future to act in the present.

 You can find further details and submit an abstract through our website: http://anticipation2017.org/

We also invite you to follow and share our social media accounts as they will be used for updates in the coming months and also for engagement at the conference itself: Twitter: @anticip2017 #anticipation2017 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Anticipation-2017-1411959882152984/ Instagram: anticipation2017

The deadline for submissions is January 27th 2017.  Please email info@anticipation.org<mailto:info@anticipation.org> with any queries.


Call for fellowship applications at IAS, Central European University

2nd International Multidisciplinary Congress: (PHI) 2016 – Utopia(s) Worlds and Frontiers of the Imaginary

Society for Utopian Studies