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New Harmony was the name given to the utopian community established in Indiana by the socialist thinker Robert Owen (1771-1858). Harmony is a term which was originally applied to the ‘languages’ of music according to specific rules and was pleasant to the ear. It can also possess a therapeutic quality which can ease suffering. Outside music, harmony is peace, peace with the world and with oneself. Etymologically, the term has its origin in Greek harmos meaning a ‘joining together’ or coordination and agreement between different cultures, individuals or groups. Harmony can also be defined by what it is not. It is neither dissonance nor discord; it is not fear or hostility. In short, harmony is the area of the utopian and an absence of the dystopian.

Read more: In Search of New Harmonies

Electric Athenaeum is a Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine publishing short fiction, articles, poetry, and interviews. Each issue features an accompanying theme, and is available for free to readers.

This issue’s theme: For Future Generations

We are currently OPEN for submissions! We plan on remaining open to submissions through 15 February 2018.

Read more: Electric Athenaeum

(Downloadable copy of CFP here)

Now accepting submissions and ideas for the sixth annual Pop Culture Colloquium at DePaul University in Chicago! DePaul University’s College of Communication is hosting a one-day celebratory colloquium in honor of the Slasher genre on Saturday, April 28, from 9am-6pm.

Read more: A Celebration of Slashers

Extinction deadline for submissions: January 31, 2018

 Most scientists and other interested parties agree that we have firmly entered the Anthropocene and literary and cultural scholars have been alongside their colleagues in the sciences studying the fiction produced during, and written about, the Anthropocene. The two decades of the 21st Century have seen an explosion of scholarly attention directed toward fiction and the Anthropocene. Adam Trexler’s *Anthropocene Fictions: The Novel in a Time of Climate Change,* Pieter Vermeulen’s “The Sea, Not the

Ocean”: Anthropocene Fiction and the Memory of (Non)human Life,” and Kate Marshall’s “What Are the Novels of the Anthropocene? American Fiction in Geological Time” are just some of the most recent examples of the budding field of Anthropocene Fiction Studies.

 Moreover the same stakeholders who have established our place in the Anthropocene also agree that we are in the midst of the Sixth Mass Extinction. Studies published in multiple scientific journals including

*Nature* demonstrate that species extinction has risen between 100 and 1000 fold since 1900 and that human activity is largely responsible for the rapid increase in species loss.

 This collection seeks scholarly articles exploring fiction's engagements with, and representations of, human driven extinction. Topics can include accounts of human destruction of animal life, science fiction and speculative fiction accounts of future extinction, or human fears of our own extinction. Broad interpretations of extinction and species loss are encouraged. Pieces that make connections between the closely related fields of Anthropocene Fiction, Ecocriticism, Cli-fi, and Critical Animal Studies are especially welcome.

 Send abstracts of 350 words and short bios to the editor: Jonathan Elmore at . Inquires welcome.

 Abstracts due January 31st 2018

 Full versions of accepted pieces due August 2018.

 CFP: https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2017/11/13/

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The OGOM Project is known for its imaginative events and symposia, which have often been accompanied by a media frenzy. We were the first to invite vampires into the academy back in 2010. Our most recent endeavour, Company of Wolves: Werewolves, Shapeshifters and Feral Humans enjoyed extensive coverage globally and saw us congratulated in the THES for our ambitious 3 day programme which included actual wolves, ‘a first for a UK academy’. Our fourth conference will be an exciting collaboration with the Supernatural Cities: Narrated Geographies and Spectral Histories project at the University of Portsmouth. Supernatural Cities will enjoy its third regeneration, having previously convened in Portsmouth and Limerick.

Read more: OGOM & Supernatural Cities present: The Urban Weird

**Extended Deadline for Proposals: December 31, 2017**

Embodiment in Science Fiction and Fantasy Interdisciplinary Conference

May 18-19, 2018

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Read more: Embodiment in Science Fiction and Fantasy Interdisciplinary Conference

A special issue of Deletion: The Open Access Online Forum in Science Fiction Studies. Edited by Sean Guynes

Deadline: January 5, 2018

 

Deletion calls for 2,000-word essays on the concept of “punk” as it has been used (and abused) in speculative fiction subgenres.

William Gibson, the godfather of cyberpunk, is credited with the phrase “The future is already here—it’s just not evenly distributed,” or some variation thereof. He’s been using it at least since the 1990s, with seemingly no source for its first usage, and it has since become a maxim used to describe the contemporary situation of hyper-futuristic technological modernity living alongside the massive systems of wealth and income inequality that structure global neoliberal life. In a word, the maxim defines neoliberalism. Its intent, not coincidentally, was to define the ethos of cyberpunk. “High tech. Low life,” as the online cyberpunk collective Neon Dystopia puts it: cyber- and -punk. Cyberpunk in its maximal manifestation signals a revolt against, within, and from the underbelly of the systems of power that allow science-fictional futures to coexist alongside ever-expanding economic and ideological gaps between the haves, the have-nots, the boot-strappers, and the never-will-haves. It channels the energy of punk in the era of digitality.

Read more: Punking Speculative Fiction

deadline for submissions: January 31, 2018

 

Edited collection on Black Mirror. (Deadline for abstracts/proposals January 31st 2018)

name of organization: 

Dr Terence McSweeney, Southampton Solent University and Dr Stuart Joy, Southampton Solent University

contact emails: 

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Very few television shows have been as intimately connected to the fears and anxieties of the global age as Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror (Channel 4, 2011-14, Netflix, 2014-). A variety of directors and writers have taken aim at what Brooker described as ‘the side effects’ of contemporary culture in the course of the nineteen episodes across four seasons. Brooker wrote, ‘If technology is a drug – and it does feel like a drug – then what, precisely, are the side effects? This area – between delight and discomfort – is where Black Mirror, my new drama series, is set. The 'black mirror' of the title is the one you'll find on every wall, on every desk, in the palm of every hand: the cold, shiny screen of a TV, a monitor, a smartphone.’

Read more: Edited collection on Black Mirror

Deadline: 15th February 2018

Fan Studies Network North America is proud to announce its first conference: DePaul University, Chicago, IL / October 25-27, 2018

Building on the success of the annual Fan Studies Network conference in the United Kingdom, and with the support of our international colleagues, we invite submissions for a North American fan studies conference. We welcome all topics and themes related to media, sports, music, and celebrity fandoms, discussions of affirmative and/or transformative fans and their contributions, as well as meta-questions such as ethics and methodology. We encourage submissions on gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, and other aspects of power and identity in fan works and fan communities.

Read more: Fandom—Past, Present, Future