Call for papers – research in speculative fiction conference

Current Research in Speculative Fiction conference
Monday 18th June 2012
University of Liverpool
Keynote Lectures from: Professor David Seed (University of Liverpool),
Professor Fred Botting (Kingston University London)
Now in its second year, the CRSF is a one day postgraduate conference designed to promote the research of speculative fictions, including science fiction, fantasy and horror, showcasing some of the latest developments in these dynamic and evolving fields. Last year’s conference attracted an international selection of delegates and provided a platform for postgraduate students to present their current research, encouraging discussion with scholars in related subjects and the construction of crucial networks with fellow researchers, this year we are looking to continue these successes. The University of Liverpool is a leading centre for the study of speculative fiction, being home to the Science Fiction Foundation Collection, and is thus an ideal venue for fostering the next generation of scholars of the fantastic.

We are seeking abstracts relating to speculative fiction, including, but not limited to, papers on the following topics:
•Alternate History •Apocalypse •Body Horror •Eco-criticism •Gaming •(Geo)Politics •Genre •Gender and Sexuality •Graphic Novels •The Grotesque •The Heroic Tradition •Liminal Fantasy •Magic •Meta-Franchises •Morality •Monstrosity •Music and SF •Non-Anglophone SF •Otherness •The Pastoral •Politics •Post-Colonialism and Empire •Proto-SF •Psychology and Consciousness •Quests •Realism •Slipstream •Spiritualism •Steampunk •The Supernatural •Technology •TV and Film •Urban Fantasy •Utopia/Dystopia •(Virtual) Spaces and Environments •Weird Fiction •World Building •Young Adult Fiction.

Please submit an abstract of 300 words for a 20 minute paper and a 100 word biography to CRSF [dot] team [at] gmail [dot] com by 23 March 2012. Whilst we are only looking for papers from postgraduate students, we would also welcome any undergraduates or established figures from the speculative fiction community who wish to attend the conference. Details of cost, etc will be circulated in the New Year. Please keep an eye on our blog or e-mail us for more information at CRSF [dot] team [at] gmail [dot] com