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  • Please see the organizer and executive board statement on the original call for papers for SFRA 21.


  • Call for Proposals:

    Science Fiction Research Association  

    (Virtual) Annual Conference 2021

    Friday, 18 June - Monday, 21 June 2021

    Virtual Host: Seneca College, Toronto, Canada

    Conference Theme: The Future of/as Inequality


    Keynote Speaker: Madeline Ashby

    [Company Town, How to Future: Leading and Sensemaking in an Age of Hyperchange, Machine Dynasty series]

    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Joy Sanchez-Taylor

    [Diverse Futures: Science Fiction and Authors of Color]

    Keynote Speaker
    : Dr. Lars Schmeink

    [Biopunk Dystopias: Genetic Engineering, Society and Science Fiction; The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture, Cyberpunk and Visual Culture] 

    Special Guest: Aisha Matthews

    [The MOSF Journal of Science Fiction; Director of Literary Programming for the Museum of Science Fiction’s annual Escape Velocity Conference.]

    The Science Fiction Research Association invites proposals for its 2021 annual conference, to be held virtually
    from June 18 until June 21, 2021 and sponsored by Seneca College, Toronto, Canada. Topics related to the conference theme include (but not limited to the following:

    •    posthumanism(s) and the economies of/and poverty
    •        (hyper) exploitation and posthuman labouring bodies
    •        reinforcing/redefining social class
    •        utopianism and post-capitalist societies
    •        the Anthropocene; or, we’re not all in the same (sinking) ship, are we?
    •        Indigenous survivance
    •        speculative technologies of resistance

We also welcome papers on topics relevant to science fiction research broadly conceived that are not specifically related to the conference theme, including proposals for virtual panels and roundtables, if technologically feasible.

300-500 word abstracts should be sent to Graham J. Murphy (graham.Murphy@senecacollege.ca) by May 1, 2021 (extended deadline). Notification of acceptance will occur on a rolling basis beginning April 1. Attendees will be organized into thematic “streams” and present short, ten-minute presentations in a synchronous manner on the Cisco Webex virtual conferencing platform; precirculation of written papers is recommended but not required.

The conference will be international, with presentations in local timezones so all may participate.

General questions concerning this call for papers, conference panels, etc. can be directed to Graham J. Murphy (graham.Murphy@senecacollege.ca) and/or SFRA president Gerry Canavan (gerry.canavan.marquette.edu).

You will also need to join SFRA (or renew your membership) to register for the conference. For more on registration categories and deadlines, visit the SFRA website.

Science Fiction Research Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization

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