CFP: Panel on Sexuality in Science/Speculative and Fantasy Fiction

 

For a panel on the academic track at Loncon3 – the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention: http://academicloncon3.wordpress.com/

Science/Speculative and Fantasy fiction are genres in which many things (arguably anything) is possible. This ought to include exploring alternatives to normative and heteronormative representations of sexuality, sexual identities, practices and activities. On this panel our aim will be to consider how, why and to what extent these non-realist genres push the boundaries of representation relating to sexuality. Proposals are invited for academic papers on topics including, but not limited to:

 

Sex and relationships in SF&F

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer and Asexual representation in SF&F

LGBQA authors of SF&F

Queer SF&F

BDSM in/and SF&F

Alternative Sexualities in SF&F

Relationships between SF&F and queer theory and politics

Authorial responsibility regarding representation of sexualities, sexual identities, practices and activities

Potentials and possibilities for non-normative representations of sexualities in SF&F

In particular, papers are sought on the work of the guests of honour for Loncon3 – Iain M. Banks, John Clute, Malcolm Edwards, Chris Foss, Jeanne Gomoll, Robin Hobb and Bryan Talbot.

Please send a 300 word abstract and brief biography to j.roberts@bbk.ac.uk by December 1st 2013.

Dr Jude Roberts

Associate Lecturer

London Semester Programme

Birkbeck College

University of London

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CFP: War Gothic

For a book-length collection entitled War Gothic, we invite essays on the intersection of the gothic tradition in literature, art, cinema, television, as well as in visual and digital media, with the representation of war and the military in its various manifestations.

Submissions should fall roughly into either the category of “Literary Gothic” or “Visual Gothic,” which may extend from engravings, paintings and posters to video games and online culture. Historical reference points range from civil wars to national, colonial, and post-colonial conflicts, the Cold War and post-Cold War global conflicts.

Submissions might address literary and artistic responses to war framed within gothic traditions, but also the use of these gothic traditions in the discourse of war itself, i.e. in non-literary texts like historiography, non-fiction, military manuals, etc.

Strongly encouraged are submissions, especially in the areas of visual media, which move beyond representational analysis to address the overlap of and complicity between gothic discourse and the realm of military experience, i.e. the development and exchange of technologies, of financial, organizational, institutional, and logistical structures.

Topics ranging across the wide historical scope of the Gothic in different national traditions might include, yet are not limited to:

-         military mobilization: imagining the enemy

-         war propaganda: heart and minds

-         the discourse of militarism and militarization

-         the experience of combat

-         the space of the battle field

-         the home front: shelters, homes, hospitals

-         the veteran: medicine, trauma, biopolitics

-         gender discourse: warriors, soldiers, cannon fodder

-         military technology: destruction and reconstruction

-         high-tech/low-tech war: from swords to drones

-         remembering war: memoirs and monuments

 

Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short CV should be submitted to the editors by December 31, 2013 . Final essays should be between 6000-8000 words, in MLA style, and will be due June 30, 2014.

The two co-editors of the collection are Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet (University of Lausanne), editor, with Justin E. Edwards, of The Gothic in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture (2012) and author of The Poetics and Politics of the American Gothic (2010); and Steffen Hantke (Sogang University, Seoul), editor of Horror: Creating and Marketing Fear (2004), Caligari’s Heirs: The German Cinema of Fear after 1945 (2007), American Horror Film: The Genre at the Turn of the Millennium (2010), and, with Rudolphus Teeuwen, of Gypsy Scholars, Migrant Teachers, and the Global Academic Proletariat: Adjunct Labor in Higher Education (2007).

 

For all questions, proposals, and rough draft submissions, please contact Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet (agnieszka.soltysikmonnet@unil.ch) and Steffen Hantke (steffenhantke@gmail.com or shantke@sogang.ac.kr) before December 31, 2013.

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CFP for Edited Collection: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Popular Fantasy

Proposals are invited for essays which explore non-normative representations of gender and sexuality in a range of contemporary popular fantasy, including, but not limited to: tv episodes and series, films, computer games and MMORPGs, novels and short stories, comics and graphic novels, role-playing games and fanfiction.

In creating a fantasy world anything is possible, therefore writers, artists, directors and producers of fantasy worlds must acknowledge a degree of responsibility for their world beyond that of other creators. Given that they can create a world and its inhabitants to be any way at all, why it is that a fantasy world is created -like this- is a valid question to ask.

This collection will consider the ways in which contemporary writers, artists, directors and producers use the opportunities offered by popular fantasy to exceed or challenge gender and sexuality norms. In contrast to many claims made about the fantasy genre being necessarily conservative/reactionary, this collection will explore the ways in which this genre can be and is being used to reflect on the contingency of our gender and sexuality norms.

With this in mind, proposals are invited for essays of c.7000 words exploring representations of the following in contemporary popular fantasy across all media and cultural formats:

Trans* characters;
Non-binary gender, genderqueer and genderfluid characters;
LGB characters;
Queer characters;
Asexual characters;
Cisgender women and men characters which challenge or do not conform to heteronormativity;
Non-monogamy and non-monogamous characters and relationships;
Non-normative femininity/masculinity;
BDSM and alternative sexualities and sexual practices;
Intersections between gender and sexuality and race, class, dis/ability, mental health, and national and regional identities.

In addition to:

The work of LGBTQI or poly-identified writers, artists, directors, producers, etc. in all fields of contemporary popular fantasy;
Relationships between popular fantasy and feminism, gender studies, queer theory and politics;
Authorial responsibility regarding the representation of gender and sexuality;
Potentials and possibilities for non-normative representations of gender and sexuality in popular fantasy.

These lists are far from complete and should be taken only as a starting point, rather than definitive.

The intention in this collection is engage directly and explicitly with an enormously successful popular genre which is often overlooked by literary and cultural criticism, rather than to look at ‘the fantastic’ broadly conceived. This is not to ignore the permeable boundaries of popular fantasy and the ways in which this genre is in continual dialogue with other genres. Essays exploring liminality – as long as they maintain a primary focus on gender and sexuality – are welcome.

The scope of the contemporary is as unstable as the boundaries of genre and therefore is open to discussion. Generally speaking texts under discussion should have been produced, released or published within the last 20 years, however if there is a clear reason for expanding this timeframe earlier texts may be considered. Please do get in touch to discuss your ideas.

Once selected the table of contents and abstracts will be submitted to Ashgate Publishing, who have expressed an interest. Final inclusion in the published volume will be subject to peer review.

Please send proposals of 500 words plus a short biography to j.roberts@bbk.ac.uk by 15th December.

Dr Jude Roberts
Associate Lecturer
London Semester Programme
Birkbeck College
University of London

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THE 2014 DELL MAGAZINES AWARD

The 2014 Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing is now open for submissions. Please note there is a class-project category. Guidelines follow:

 THE 2014 DELL MAGAZINES AWARD

For Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing

 Guidelines

 The Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing (formerly the Isaac Asimov Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing) has been established by Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine and the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts and is supported by the School of Mass Communications at the University of South Florida.

The $500 award goes to the best unpublished and unsold science fiction or fantasy short story submitted by a full-time undergraduate college student. The winner will be invited to the IAFA annual Conference on the Fantastic in mid-March in Orlando, FL, and the winning story will be published in Asimov’s in print or on-line.

In general, the winner of the Dell Magazines Award will be the story that best meets the expectations of the judges. Those stories typically are “character oriented”; i.e., the characters, rather than the science, provide the main focus for the reader’s interest. Serious, thoughtful, yet accessible fiction will have the best chance of success.

Deadline for entries for this year’s contest is midnight (ET), Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

The contest is open to all full-time undergraduates at accredited colleges and universities. The award is not limited to unpublished authors, but all submissions must be previously unpublished and unsold, and they should be from 1,000 to 10,000 words long. Writers may submit an unlimited number of stories, but each manuscript must include a cover sheet with the writer’s name, address, phone number, and the name of the university the writer attends. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, with adequate margins, and with pages numbered. Your name should not be on the manuscript itself after the cover sheet.

The judges reserve the right to double-check your university status. For this year’s contest, you must have been a full-time undergraduate during the fall 2012; spring 2013 summer 2013; or fall 2013 semesters (or quarters) of your university or college.

Story submissions should have been written during your time as a student. However, if you attended college full-time during a qualifying semester and then graduated, went to part-time status or quit entirely for a time, you are still eligible.

The winner will be determined by the editors of Asimov’ magazine and the award administrator.

There is a $5 entry fee per story.

You can submit your story electronically at www.dellaward.com and there is a PayPal option for the entry fee. If you like, you can elect to mail the story to the address below along with your submission fee or you can send the story as an attachment to RWilber@usf.edu and mail the entry fee or utilize PayPal separately.

You can also find us on Facebook by searching for the Dell Magazines Award or going to this site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dell-Magazines-Award/177319923776

 

IMPORTANT: There is a special class-project category. Any instructor may submit an unlimited number of stories from any one class for a flat rate of $15. The manuscripts must meet the general requirements of the award and should be put into one envelope or sent directly to the administrator as email attachments along with a brief cover letter from the instructor listing the college or university and the name of the class. This offer is for any college class and not limited to creative-writing classes. The instructor should contact Dr. Rick Wilber at RWilber@usf.edu.

 

Manuscripts cannot be returned, but if you include a self-addressed stamped envelope, we will send you an announcement of the winner and runners-up. The finalists are usually announced by mid-February.

 

Dell Magazines Award/CIS 3095

School of Mass Communications/USF/4202 E. Fowler

Tampa, Fla. 33620

If you have any questions, you can reach Dr. Wilber at this e-mail address: RWilber@usf.edu.

Stories by previous Dell Award winners are available at the Asimov’s Science Fiction homepage at: http://www.asimovs.com. The complete list of winners and finalists is on this website.

 

Dr. Rick Wilber

Instructor/School of Mass Communications

University of South Florida

Director/USF Ireland Travel Study

Administrator/Dell Magazines Award

 

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The Real Genre Middle Ages

 

How does twenty-first century genre-literature engage with the history and literature of the Middle Ages? This session invites submissions which explore genre medievalisms from any angle. How do contemporary social and cultural trends and concerns intersect with the medieval in genre fiction? Are shifts within a genre or across genres discernible? How do genre conventions shape the use of medieval material and vice versa? Do modern works reflect medieval history or literature? How do authors approach the Middle Ages and medieval material? What roles do audiences and/or publishers play? How important the idea the a work reflects historical reality, and to whom does it matter? What is the role of research? These are just some of the questions papers might consider.

Papers addressing works first published in the twenty-first century, including ongoing series which may have begun earlier, are sought. They may address individual works or series, the corpus of any author or broad trends in any popular genre including, but not limited to: fantasy, science fiction, crime, westerns, children and young adult fiction, horror, historical fiction and cross-genre works.

The session is sponsored by the Tales After Tolkien Society www.talesaftertolkien.org which supports all scholarly work on medievalism in genre literature.  All submissions should be directed to Dr Helen Young via Helen.young@sydney.edu.au by 15th September 2013. They should conform to conference policies and be accompanied by a Participant Information Form, available here.

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WINNERS OF THE 2013 SF&F TRANSLATION AWARDS

Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Awards

PO Box 64128, Sunnyvale CA 94088-4128 USA

info@sfftawards.org<mailto:info@sfftawards.org>; http://www.sfftawards.org/

AUGUST 24, 2013

WINNERS OF THE 2013 SF&F TRANSLATION AWARDS

The Association for the Recognition of Excellence in SF & F Translation (ARESFFT) is delighted to announce the winners of the 2013 Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Awards (for works published in 2012). There are two categories: Long Form and Short Form. The jury has additionally elected to award three honorable mentions in each category.

 

Long Form Winner

Atlas: The Archaeology of an Imaginary City by Kai-cheung Dung, translated from the Chinese by Anders Hansson, Bonnie S. McDougall, and the author (Columbia University Press)

 

Long Form Honorable Mentions

Belka, Why Don’t You Bark? by Hideo Furukawa, translated from the Japanese by Michael Emmerich (Haikasoru)

Kaytek the Wizard by Janusz Korczak, translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Penlight)

Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, translated from the Russian by Olena Bormashenko (Chicago Review Press)

Short Form Winner

“Augusta Prima” by Karin Tidbeck translated from the Swedish by the author (Jagannath: Stories, Cheeky Frawg)

 

Short Form Honorable Mentions

“Every Time We Say Goodbye” by Zoran Vlahović, translated from the Croatian by Tatjana Jambrišak, Goran Konvićni, and the author (Kontakt: An Anthology of Croatian SF, Darko Macan and Tatjana Jambrišak, editors, SFera)

“A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight” by Xia Jia, translated from the Chinese by Ken Liu (Clarkesworld #65)

“A Single Year” by Csilla Kleinheincz, translated from the Hungarian by the author (The Apex Book of World SF #2, Lavie Tidhar, editor, Apex Book Company)

The winners were announced today at Liburnicon 2013 <http://liburnicon.org/en/>, held in Opatija, Croatia, over the weekend August 23-25. The awards were announced by ARESFFT Board member Cheryl Morgan and convention Guest of Honor, Jacqueline Carey. Zoran Vlahović was in the audience.

The winning authors and their translators will each receive an inscribed plaque and a cash prize of $350. Authors and translators of the honorable mentions will receive certificates.

“Anyone who doubts the vitality of worldwide science fiction and fantasy,” said Gary K. Wolfe, President of ARESFFT, “could do worse than to use this impressive list of winners and honorable mentions as a reading list. The breadth and variety of the translated works themselves, as well as their venues of publication, attest to the valuable efforts of many to bring a genuine international dimension to genres that have sometimes (and sometimes accurately) been described as provincial in attitude.”

The money for the prize fund was obtained primarily through a generous donation by Society for the Furtherance & Study of Fantasy & Science Fiction (SF3) < http://sf3.org/>. SF3 is the parent non-profit corporation of Wiscon < http://wiscon.info/>, the feminist science fiction convention.

The jury for the awards was James & Kathryn Morrow (Chairs); Felice Beneduce, Alexis Brooks de Vita, Stefan Ekman, Martha Hubbard, Ekaterina Sedia, Kari Sperring, and Aishwarya Subramanian. Comments from the jury on the chosen works follow.

 

Atlas: The Archaeology of an Imaginary City

In praising Atlas: The Archaeology of an Imaginary City, Jurist Kari Sperring called it a “hugely innovative, playful, intensely political, accomplished book, and the best piece of fantastical history/historiography I have ever read. The translation is excellent, too: elegant, fluent, and lively. I applaud the preservation of Cantonese pronunciation (a decision which is itself a political act). Moreover, novel and translation are actively engaged with each other—the act of translation has produced changes in the Chinese as well as the English texts.”

“Disrupting the concept of the novel,” Jurist Alexis Brooks de Vita wrote of Atlas, “irresistibly quotable, Dung Kai-cheung’s amazingly yearning creation of short chapters toys with conceptions of place and being, with feeling and mythmaking, centered in the fictional story of one of the most painfully politicized cities still in existence in the world.”

For Jurist Aishwarya Subramanian, Atlas is a book that “clearly delights in its own cleverness.” But beyond the breathtaking inventiveness, she found the text “intensely political and engaged with the present – it’s fifteen years old, but it still feels to me contemporary and relevant.”

Co-chair Kathryn Morrow discovered in Atlas “a masterwork on the nature of translation itself. The prose is beautifully rendered into English, and the author’s essential subject is the process by which myth, legend, and fact translate themselves into human cultural artifacts.”

Jurist Martha Hubbard concluded, “This beautiful and elegiac book examines the very nature of how knowledge is created … The language is at once poetic and specific. The book is so moving, I would deeply love to own a proper copy to keep and cherish.”

 

Belka, Why Don’t You Bark?

Kari Sperring singled out Belka, Why Don’t You Bark? for its “thoughtful engagement with the issue of abandonment” and she also appreciated the author’s insights into “the consequences of globalization and social exclusion.” Kari argued that, while Belka presents itself “as military fiction and gritty crime drama,” the book is ultimately “a pacifist narrative.” She added, “The excellent translation negotiates the difficulty of a narrative that switches between third person and second person, past tense and present tense.”

In confronting Belka, Martha Hubbard noted that “this strange and compelling book grows on you. I think it is a powerful and brave attempt to comment on the aftermath of the wretched situation in the world after decades and decades of war.”

 

Kaytek the Wizard

Alexis Brooks de Vita found Kaytek the Wizard “sublimely poignant, as painful as it is raw, so obviously written by a man who loves childhood and children and uses fantasy to prepare them—and us—for fatality as well as mortality. Huckleberry Finn more than Tom Sawyer, reaching across a century-and-a-half to conjure Harry Potter, Kaytek’s loner protagonist finally becomes not only Frankenstein but his self-created monster, a childish Melmoth the Wanderer, made wise enough to have become capable of conveying the author’s historically heartbreaking final lines.”

Kathryn Morrow added, “This is a fresh, sophisticated, and psychologically authentic exemplar of the Bildungsroman type of fantasy. The author’s unique sensibility is well served by Lloyd-Jones’s lively translation.”

 

Roadside Picnic

Negotiating the new translation of Roadside Picnic, Jurist Felice Beneduce took pleasure in “the Raymond Chandleresque approach of the authors, whose writing oozes noir.” He added, “The notion of aliens being completely indifferent to the consequences of their actions and in essence their ‘trash’ is brilliant in my view.”

Co-chair James Morrow was pleased to report that the Olena Bormashenko rendering of Roadside Picnic “restores scenes and sentences that, owing to the machinations of Soviet censorship, never appeared in Antonina W. Bouis’s earlier version.”

Martha Hubbard provided a personal coda. “As someone living in a region which had the dubious pleasure of hosting the Soviet Army’s roadside picnics, the picture posited of the mess they created and left behind is far too accurate.”

ARESFFT is a California Non-Profit Corporation funded entirely by donations.

Contact

info@sfftawards.org<mailto:info@sfftawards.org>; http://www.sfftawards.org/

Cheryl Morgan

 

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CfP: ICFA 35 “Fantastic Empires”

35th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts

Empire

March 19-23, 2014

Marriott Orlando Airport Hotel

The deadline for submitting proposals is October 31.

Guest of Honor: Nnedi Okorafor

Guest of Honor: Ian McDonald

Guest Scholar: Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr.

Special Guest Emeritus: Brian Aldiss

From space operas to medieval tales to seminal works of fantasy, imaginative fiction abounds in fabulous empires. ICFA 35 will investigate the widest range of topics relating to empire, including discussions of particular texts, analyses of the hegemonic and counterhegemonic forces of empire, evaluations of individual resistances to imperialism (and of empires striking back), and assays into various other aspects of the theme. We welcome proposals for scholarly papers and panels that seek to examine, interrogate, and expand any research related to empire and the fantastic.

 

In addition to essays examining our honored Guests’ work, conference papers might consider specific fantastic empires, imaginative imperial fantasies, the semiotics of empire, fantastic diasporas and migrations, margins and liminal space(s), media empires, technologies of empire, speculative post-nationalism, fantastic Others, myth and empire, geographical/ideological mapping, transnational trauma, the construction/constriction of identity, or the multiple metaphors of empire. Panels might discuss various theories of empire, postcolonialism and the fantastic, language and imperialism, cosmopolitanism in the actual cosmos, Orientalism in classic texts, horrific hordes in film, dystopian empires, or postmodern theory and empire.

Please join us in Orlando in 2014.  We will add your intellectual and creative distinctiveness to our own.  Resistance is futile.

Download the Call for Papers here.

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CfP: Time Travel in the Media

 

We are currently seeking additional chapters to broaden two collections of essays that address time travel in the media. The collections, to be published by McFarland, will be edited by Joan Ormrod (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Matthew Jones (UCL).

 

The first collection addresses time travel as a genre, including its history, narratives, tropes and cultural contexts. The second addresses the philosophical and theoretical concepts that underpin and are utilized by time travel stories.

 

We are interested in a broad range of media formats, including but not limited to film, television, video games, new media, comics, radio, anime and manga.

 

The collections are aimed at:

 

• undergraduate and postgraduate students in film and media, cultural studies, philosophy, social sciences, history and science programmes.

 

• science fiction and fantasy fandoms

 

We are currently inviting 500-word proposals for 5000-7000 word chapters.

 

We received an incredibly positive response to our first call for papers and are now seeking to fill a number of clearly defined gaps in the collections. As such, we are interested in chapters that address:

 

- Philosophical, theoretical and scientific approaches to time travel.

 

- Time travel in various cultures:

 

  • manga, anime and/or broader Asian popular culture texts.
  • Time travel in Bollywood and/or broader Indian culture.
  • Non-Western cultures – eg Latin America.
  • Western cultures beyond the US and the UK, such as Australia, Europe and Canada.

 

 

- Case studies of specific time travel texts within either their socio-cultural or theoretical and philosophical contexts.

 

Proposals and a 50-word biography should be sent to timetravelcollection@gmail.com

 

Deadline: 14th September 2013

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Biology and Manners: The Worlds of Lois McMaster Bujold 20th August 2014

(NB.  this takes place a couple of days after the UK Worldcon: www.loncon3.org)

full name / name of organization: 

Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

contact email: 

una.mccormack AT anglia.ac.uk

Keynote Speaker: Edward James

Potential contributors are invited to submit an abstract for a one-day conference to be held at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, on August 20th 2014. This inter-disciplinary conference will explore the works of Hugo and Nebula Award winning writer Lois McMaster Bujold, encompassing both her science fiction and her fantasy novels. Papers and pre-formed panels are invited on issues related to (but not limited to) any of the following themes related to the works of Lois McMaster Bujold:

space opera
fantasy
american fantasy
fantasy and environmentalism
feminist science fiction
science fiction and biotechnology
science fiction and gender
science fiction and sexuality
science fiction and race
utopias and dystopias

300 word abstracts should be submitted by 31st March 2014. Abstracts should be submitted to the conference organizer, Dr Una McCormack: una.mccormack AT anglia.ac.uk. Emails should be entitled Biology and Manners Conference: Abstract, and should contain the following information:

a) author(s) of paper/panel; b) affiliation; c) title of abstract; d) body of abstract

cfp categories: 

american

gender_studies_and_sexuality

popular_culture

science_and_culture

twentieth_century_and_beyond

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CfP: Loncon 3 Science and Social Science

http://www.loncon3.org/call-posters-science-and-social-science

 

Call for Posters
Sponsored by Anglia Ruskin University.

Loncon 3, the World Science Fiction Convention, 2014, is calling for posters for its Science and Social Science Exhibits. We welcome posters which will present the cutting edge of research in our universities.

Poster Proposals to: Dr. Nicholas Jackson, Warwick University

Nicholas.Jackson AT warwick.ac.uk
Deadline for Poster Proposals: 1st April 2014 (acceptances by 1st May).
Presenters of accepted poster will have free access to the Exhibits Hall that can be upgraded to a full membership for £50.

 

For full details, see link.

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