a post-graduate application form for this year’s Utopian Studies Society conference in Tarragona can be found on the conference website:
In 2018 the Colonies of Benevolence in The Netherlands and Flanders will exist 200 years. The Colonies of Benevolence are utopian agricultural landscapes, laid out in the early nineteenth century to eradicate all poverty in the whole country at once. Paupers from the cities worked here and were educated in these landscapes of social engineering. Today one in 16 Dutch people has ancestors who once lived here. Robert Owen was one of the honorary members of the founders, the Society of Benevolence.
An extensive scientific study, made for the nomination as a world Heritage site, is available on: https://www.kolonienvanweldadigheid.eu/en/nomination-file
If you are interested in exchanging knowledge and research relating to this this subject, please contact Wendy Schutte at firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
Science Fiction and Fantasy MA
Postgraduate (full-time, part-time, distance learning)
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
Find out more and apply now at
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
2017-8 – CFPS by affiliated groups
(Un)Ethical Futures: Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction
Edited by Andrew Milner, Zachary Kendal,
Aisling Smith and Giulia Champion
Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2018
The editors invite contributions for an edited essay collection, provisionally titled (Un)Ethical Futures: Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction. The collection will adopt a global, comparative approach and the editors encourage submissions examining both Anglophone and non-Anglophone literature, film, television and other media.
We are interested in submissions that explore the ethical dimensions of utopia, dystopia and science fiction (sf). This focus on ethics allows for a range of topics, including environmental ethics and climate change, human bioethics, animal ethics, ethical use of technology, ethics of alterity and otherness, and related issues of social justice. We welcome submissions that bring these ethical considerations into dialogue with speculative fictions across different genres and modes, from sf about the near or distant future, to alternative histories about better or worse presents, to stories about utopian or dystopian societies. Possible areas of engagement include, but are not limited to:
- Environmental ethics in speculative climate fiction (“cli-fi”)
- The treatment or representation of animals, artificial intelligence, aliens or other posthuman or non-human entities in utopia, dystopia and sf
- Utopian and dystopian dimensions of Indigenous literatures and traditions
- Postcolonial and critical race theory studies of utopia, dystopia and sf
- The ethics of alterity and ethical responses to otherness in speculative fiction
- Politics, activism, social justice and ethics in sf and its fan communities
- Bioethical issues in sf, including biopunk and cyberpunk subgenres
- Feminist and queer theory engagement with utopia, dystopia and sf
- Philosophy, ethics and the utopian impulse
Submissions should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words. Referencing should adhere to Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition with endnotes and bibliography.
Full chapter submissions are due by 30 April 2018, although interested contributors are encouraged to send 300–400 word abstracts to the editors by 1 March 2018, if they would like their topic reviewed for suitability for the scope of the collection.
The following information should accompany all submissions:
- Author’s title, name, affiliation and position
- A curriculum vitae and a brief biography (up to 100 words)
- An abstract (up to 150 words) and up to ten keywords
- Permissions for any images used
- Copies of any relevant ethics clearances and disclosure of funding
- An acknowledgement that the work has not been previously published and is not under simultaneous consideration elsewhere. Please direct all submissions and enquiries to email@example.com
A rationale for the collection
Episodes of conflict have often proved to be watersheds in the history of Europe, its states and its peoples. Wars have involved the redrawing of maps and the reconfiguration of identities of smaller as well as larger units – of nations, localities, institutions, and the connecting networks of solidarity and allegiance. Conflict has dictated the rise and fall of states and political regimes, the slaughter and displacement of populations, the destruction of infrastructures; it has also entailed medical and technological progress, and stood at the roots of much social innovation and artistic creativity. Additionally, war has played a central role in the relationship between Europeans and people in other parts of the world, most notably Africa, Asia and the Americas in the long course of modern imperialism. From Agincourt to the Somme, from Balaclava to El Alamein, the history of civilization is inextricable from the history of catastrophe. Indeed, not a few catastrophes have been caused in the name of civilization.
The present peer-reviewed collection aims at considering the consequences that a history of conflict(s) in Europe has had, within imaginative production, for an ongoing refashioning of perceived identities. The volume is intended to showcase and discuss the impact of such processes on literary and artistic representations, with an emphasis on materials from the British Isles but preferably also from a comparatist perspective.
The collection reflects the ongoing concerns of a research group, Relational Forms: Medial and Textual Transits in Ireland and Britain, based at CETAPS (the Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies), which has been responsible for a wide gamut of publications, including Relational Designs in Literature and the Arts: Page and Stage, Canvas and Screen, ed. Rui Carvalho Homem (Rodopi: 2012), and English Literature and the Disciplines of Knowledge, Early Modern to Eighteenth Century: A Trade for Light, ed. Jorge Bastos da Silva and Miguel Ramalhete Gomes (Brill-Rodopi: 2017).
Call for contributions
We invite contributions of essays (6000-8000 words) consistent with the volume rationale outlined above. Suggested (merely indicative) topics include:
- European wars in literature and the arts
- rout and road: narratives of disaster and displacement
- heroism, patriotism, faith, adventure, trauma
- poetry and battlefields, self and community
- reviewing the massacre: verbal and visual reenactments of war scenarios
- conflict, identity, translation: representations across media / across languages
- drama, war and Europe: “a nation thinking in public...”
- shooting Europe: film, war and memory
- war after peace, peace after war
Prospective contributors should send an extended abstract (250-300 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31 March 2018. Contributors will be notified of the editors’ decision before 30 April 2018. The collection is due to be published by a global publisher in 2019.
Call for Papers for the 4th International and Multidisciplinary Congress PHI 2018 – “MODERNITY: FRONTIERS AND REVOLUTIONS” to be held in Ponta Delgada - S. Miguel – Azores - Portugal in October 2018 is now open.
The deadline for the submission of full papers with abstract is the 31st January 2018. Meanwhile go to our site page to check for news!
Online submission: email@example.com
Call for Papers para o 4th International and Multidisciplinary Congress PHI 2018 – “MODERNITY: FRONTIERS AND REVOLUTIONS” a ser realizada em Ponta Delgada - S. Miguel – Açores - Portugal, em outubro de 2018.
A data limite para submissão de artigo completo com resumo é dia 31 de janeiro de 2018. Para mais informações esteja atento ao nosso Site: http://phi.fa.ulisboa.pt/index.php/pt/
Submissão em online: firstname.lastname@example.org
CALL FOR UTOPIAN SHORT FICTION
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
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.
Please send submissions via email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Selected writings will be published by the Faculty of Letters, University of Porto, Portugal.
AN INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM
27-28 SEPTEMBER 2017
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
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.
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:
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 <email@example.com>, and Gerald Argenton <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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
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 (email@example.com), or download it from the Society's website at http://hgwellssociety.com
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.
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.
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
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(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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
“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
• Arts and Humanities
• Social and Natural Sciences
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. In a similar fashion, scientific narratives can simultaneously coexist with fantastic ones within the cultural network of meaning – 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 – because both of them are fictional. If a fantastic narrative is internally consistent, it is in a Wittgensteinian sense 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. 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.
Stefan Ekman (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Farah Mendlesohn (University of Stafford, UK)
- 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 email@example.com
 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.
 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.
 Hayden White, The Content of the Form. Narrative Discourse and Historical Representation (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press: Baltimore, Md. 1987), p. 2.
 Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus logico-philosophicus, 4.22.
 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
When: Nov 9-12, 2017Where: Doubletree By Hilton Memphis Downtown, 185 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN
- 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/
AND DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE SOCIETY’S AWARDS. Nominate yourself, or someone else, as appropriate!
We invite you to submit papers, panels, and presentations for Academic Programming <http://wiscon.net/programming
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.
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/pap
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/writ
- 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
- Prosthetics, drugs, body modifications
- Sexuality, sex, desire
- Consciousness and intelligence
- Indigenous cosmologies
- Indigenous futurisms
- Posthumanism and the Black Radical Tradition
- Beyond decolonization as metaphor
- Neither technophobia nor technophilia
- Ecology as technology
- Computing, robotics, cyberspace
- Mobile technologies
- Transhumanism, singularity, immortality
- (Anti-) posthumanism in intentional, religious and utopian communities
- Cyberspace and online communities
- Beyond the (nuclear) family
- New territories: posthumans in space, under the sea…
- Novels, short stories, poetry, comics
- Computer and video games
- Film and television
- Art (visual, digital, plastic, sound, participatory…)
- Apps and locative media
- 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
- Military posthumanisms
- Posthuman colonialism
- Police and state violence
- Law, justice and posthumanism
- Posthuman rights/post ‘human rights’
- Posthumans in/as ecology
- The anthropocene, capitalocene, plantationocene, ctulhucene, homogenocene…
- Beyond the nature/culture divide
- Non-Western ecologies
- Posthumanism and religion
- Spirits, deities, ghosts, demons, angels
- Posthumanism as/after postmodernity
- Posthumanism Cities
- Posthuman Architecture
- Posthuman Interiors
- Posthuman Domesticity
- 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.).
JOURNAL OF GLOBAL STUDIES AND CONTEMPORARY ART, Vol. 4 (2016)
Open call for participation in the thematic issue:
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.
REG/AC is an indexed journal, and thus the articles must be unpublished and written according APA citation guidelines (see: http://revistes.ub.edu/
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.
To participate in the call, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
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
- gender, sex and sexuality
- 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)
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