2017 – CFPS by affiliated groups
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