Copyright 2018 - Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung

Deadline: July 1


Studies in the Fantastic requests submissions for volume 6 of our peer-reviewed academic journal, to be published in winter 2018/19. Essays examining the fantastic from a variety of scholarly perspectives are welcome. For consideration for volume 6, please send submissions to by July 1, 2018.


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Deadline: June 30, 2018


This anthology is seeking to define the new kinds of heroines that science fiction/fantasy films and television are producing right now (it may be split into two collections between these types). Multiple proposals are fine (certainly, non-genre programs are doing the same, but for the time being the scope will be limited to scifi and fantasy films). Hunger Games has been chosen as the cutting-off point – films and television should be later than 2012 and have significant heroines. Though the term is imperfect, these heroines will be described as fourth wave feminist – the authors in the collection can be the trendsetters who help define the term.

Read more: Fourth Wave Feminism in Science Fiction & Fantasy

Deadline: June 30, 2018.


The 4th International Conference on Slavic Fantastic Literature.

Conference Dates: October 22-23, 2018.

Conference hosted by: Department of Slavic Studies, University of Gdańsk, Poland and the "Kultopia" Foundation.

 Modern fantastic literature is strongly related to the circumstances in which it appears, and at the same time it is a global phenomenon. The libraries of fantastic literary and movie production are becoming ever richer, which requires the attention of researchers, translators and critics, with the aim of establishing stronger ties between various literary and artistic centers, and contributing to the exchange of ideas, literary practices and authorial fantasies. The creators of modern fantastic literature have long been trying not only to entertain their readers and viewers, but also to examine our complex reality or to speculate about a near or far future. Another issue is the receiver's horizon of expectations, strongly related to the reception of literature and its transformations in other media. Organizers of the conference, prompted by the aforementioned facts, are pleased to invite interested researchers engaged in the field of literary reception and in particular the receptions of fantastic literature to take part in our conference.

Read more: Reception and Translations of Fantastic Literature: Author's Fantasies and Ideas of the Epoch


Gothic Literary Studies is the University of Wales Press’s award-winning series dedicated to publishing ground-breaking scholarship on the Gothic genre. We are actively commissioning pioneering research which analyses the diverse and emerging trends in the Gothic.

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Deadline: June 1, 2018


An area of multiple panels for the 2018 Film & History Conference: Citizenship and Sociopathy in Film, Television, and New Media November 7-11, 2018

Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club, Madison, WI (USA) Full details at:

Read more: Destroyer of Worlds: Citizenship and Sociopathy in Science Fiction Film, Television and New Media

Deadline: 15 July 2018


Student Conference, English Department, University of Freiburg, 19-20 October 2018

Identity formation operates through processes of exclusion by defining the self against an other. As Sencindiver et al argue: “[O]therness has been inseparable from human identity and affairs from time immemorial – the birth of subjectivity ineluctably implicates the birth of its concomitant and allegedly dark twin”. Alterity is a concept of ongoing relevance and describes “the quality of strangeness inherent in the other”. The relationship between self and other is based on hierarchical power structures that stem from an essentialist mind-set and serve as justifications of exclusionary practices such as imperialism, sexism and anthropocentrism. With the emergence of postmodern theory in the 1960s, the validity of these hierarchies has been continually called into question. Especially the deconstruction of the divide between high and popular culture led to a pluralisation of perspectives, giving a voice to those who had formerly been excluded and silenced.

Read more: Fantastic Beasts, Monstrous Cyborgs, Aliens and Other Spectres: Exploring Alterity in Fantasy and...

Deadline: 31 May 2018


Relational Forms IV

Literature and the Arts since the 1960s: Protest, Identity and the Imagination

15-17 November 2018

an international conference hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities

University of Porto, Portugal


Confirmed keynote speakers:

Edna Longley | Manuel Portela | Martin Halliwell | Michael Longley


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Deadline: Friday the 29th of June 2018


One of the fundamental questions around which any mode of political thought must necessarily be structured is: “How should I act?”. We wish to use this conference to suggest “in order to make the world a better place” as an adjunct to this question; one which is both evoked and evaded by contemporary political thought. Through this suggestion we aim to relocate utopia from its popularly understood position as an imagined, perfect space which acts as an ultimate goal of political action and instead to situate it within this foundational question. We understand the relationship between act and utopianism not as that between blueprint and result or praxis and theory, but rather as an inextricable, many-directional connection where action is always coloured by its own utopian potential, while utopianism is unthinkable outside of the actions which create it.

Read more: Utopian Acts

Deadline: June 15th, 2018


Contributions are invited for an edited anthology titled Future Histories of the Middle East and South Asia. The anthology will be open to articles dealing with future histories and science fiction across time periods written in any of the languages of the Middle East (including North Africa and Turkey) and South Asia (including Indian English). Addressing science fiction as a mode rather than genre, we bracket the question of how the line separating fictional from putatively non-fictional genres is articulated across cultures and languages and leave the door open for contextually sensitive studies of speculative uses of technological and scientific references within a wide range of fields, from novels and plays to jurisprudence and engineering. The anthology thus intends to fill the critical gap that exists with respect to future histories in the Middle East and South Asia while at the same time uncovering engagements with science-fictional modes of discourse that might otherwise be overlooked. It will be published with a leading academic press and will be targeted at an academic audience. Articles should range from 5000-7000 words including endnotes and bibliography and should be written in English. Discussions should have a strong theoretical underpinning or provide new insights on historical contextualization.

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