Copyright 2018 - Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung

++ ATTENTION: Call for Papers (Phase 2) ++

NOW OPEN: Submission for individual paper proposals —>

Deadline: April 18, 2018


“Worlding SF: Building, Inhabiting, and Understanding Science Fiction Universes”
University of Graz, Austria 
December 6–8, 2018

Weiterlesen: Worlding SF: Building, Inhabiting, and Understanding Science Fiction Universes Submission now open


Deadline: March 8th, 2018


Through the process of adaptation, Philip K. Dick lives out his half-life and continues to have a presence in our contemporary culture. Recent high-profile adaptations of his work include Blade Runner 2049 (2017), The Man in the High Castle (2015 – ongoing) and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (2017). The term Dickian is increasingly deployed by commentators to describe contemporary politics. While liberal detractors of President Donald Trump see ironic similarity between the election of a TV personality and Dick’s fiction and right-wing Trump supporters utilise Dick’s writing in support of conspiracy theories.

Weiterlesen: Day 2018: The Half-Life of Philip K. Dick. Friday, 27 April 2018.

Deadline: 1 August 2018

*Religions* journal is seeking submissions for a special issue on religion and science fiction, with a focus on depictions of religion as a society-shaping force. A description of the project follows, along with a link to the journal website with information about the submission process.

Even though the website mentions an ‘article processing charge,’ it is being waived or covered by a grant. If I can be of any help in conferring about any topic you might have in mind, or can answer any questions, please let me know.

Weiterlesen: So Say We All: Religion and Society in Science Fiction

Deadline: 5. April 2018 

Die Redaktion der Kritischen Ausgabe sucht Beiträge zum Thema »Fantasie«. Gerne können Sie den Call for Papers auch an interessierte Professor*innen, Mitarbeiter*innen und Student*innen aller Fachrichtungen weiterleiten. 

Nach den Themenschwerpunkten »Freiheit« und demnächst »Jugend« wollen wir uns in der darauffolgenden Kritischen Ausgabe dem Thema »Fantasie« widmen und dieses aus dem Blickwinkel der Literatur beleuchten. Das Genre Fantasy erfreut sich bereits seit Längerem besonderer Beliebtheit und ist aus den Bestsellerlisten mittlerweile nicht mehr wegzudenken. Besonders im Bereich der Kinder- und Jugendliteratur erscheinen seit einigen Jahren stetig neue Fantasyromane, die nicht nur die jungen Leser in fremde Welten entführen oder mit mystischen Wesen in Kontakt bringen. Erfolgreiche Buchreihen wie George R. R. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire und die dazugehörige Fernsehserie Game of Thrones zeigen, dass der Lockruf des Phantastischen auch viele Erwachsene erreicht. 

Weiterlesen: Fantasy und Phantastik: Ein Grenzgang

Deadline: June 10, 2018

Since its birth, the fantastic has been an excellent way to explore our fears of the unknown - "the oldest and strongest emotion of mankind", as Lovecraft stated in his well-known essay The Supernatural Horror in Literature (1927). The aim of the fantastic is to destabilise the codes that we have established to understand and represent the real: when we are confronted with the conflictive coexistence of the possible and the impossible in a realistic world like ours, our certainties about the real stop working. Faced with this, fear is our only defence.

This is the type of experience that we want to examine in this monographic issue of Brumal. For this reason, we will exclude forms of fear that arise from a natural source (serial killers, terrorism, animal attacks, etc.).

Instead, we encourage reflections on the multiple ways through which what we have called "metaphysical fear"- an effect that is inherent and exclusive to the fantastic - is spread, generated by the transgressive irruption of the impossible. 

This monographic issue of Brumal will accept works focused on the relationship between Horror and the Fantastic in literature, cinema, TV, comic, theatre, etc.

Some areas of research include, but are not limited to:

Theoretical perspectives on horror

The rhetoric of fear

>From classical fears to postmodern horror

The monster as the fantastic anomaly

Space as source of horror

Horror and its boundaries

Brumal will only consider works of a fantastic nature as defined by the journal, hereby only accepting papers on other non-mimetic genres such as the marvellous or science fiction if and when they are related to the fantastic narrative.


Miscellaneous Section

This Miscellaneous section is open all year to receive any type of article on any of the diverse artistic manifestations of the fantastic (narrative, theater, film, comics, painting, photography, video games), whether theoretical, critical, historical or comparative in nature, concerning the fantastic in any language or from any country, from the nineteenth century to the present.


Thanks for the continuing interest in our work, Comit’ Redacci’n Universidad Aut’noma de Barcelona, Espa’a.

Phone +34 93 586 8079

Fax +34 93 581 1686

Deadline: March 30, 2018

Sunday, July 1- Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)

Conference Theme: *The Future of Labor*


Peter Frase (author of *Four Futures)*

Rebekah Sheldon (author of *The Child to Come)*

Weiterlesen: Science Fiction Research Association Annual Conference 2018

Deadline: *March 2, 2018

In recent years, there has been increasing attention within both ecocriticism and horror studies to the intersections between the two fields. The country/city split and the civilized person’s fear of the wilderness and rural spaces, key issues for ecocritics, also loom large over the horror genre. Furthermore, there are entire horror subgenres dedicated to the revenge of wild nature and its denizens upon humanity. As Stephen Rust and Carter Soles write in *ISLE*, ecohorror studies ‘assumes that environmental disruption is haunting humanity’s relationship to the non-human world’ as well as that ecohorror in some form can be found in all texts grappling with ecocritical matters (509-10).

Weiterlesen: Modern Language Association, January 2019, Chicago, IL



Deadline: March 30th 2018




The Asylum Steampunk Festival Conference
Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln
25th – 26th August 2018


Keynote Speaker:
Yomi Ayeni – Transmedia Author, Producer, and Filmmaker


Weiterlesen: Going Global: Steampunk and Transnational Culture, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, 25th –...

Deadline: 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.

Weiterlesen: (Un)Ethical Futures: Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction