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CFP: SFRA 2017 Unknown Pasts / Unseen Futures

University of California, Riverside

Conference Dates: 28 June to 1 July 2017

deadline 3/15/2017


We invite submissions to the 2017 SFRA Conference, held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Riverside.

Our conference theme is Unknown Pasts / Unseen Futures and our keynote speaker is Nnedi Okorafor.

In her acceptance speech for the National Book Foundation's medal for Distinguished Contributions to American Letters, Ursula K. Le Guin reminded us of the importance of the speculative imagination: such visions can help us recognize that social and political structures of our present are only one option among many rather than inevitable formations. In this spirit, we invite papers that explore science fiction?s pasts from innovative perspective and that focus on its power to envision alternative futures that are more than just the intensification of urgent problems of the present.



Topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • Science fiction without the label: speculative cultural productions that might be understood as part of an expanded frame for science fiction
  • Neglected voices: authors or works once prominent in the field who have been forgotten
  • New voices: works by the next generation of sf writers and how their work is changing our field
  • New methodologies: new ways of asking questions about and with science fiction
  • Overlooked media: what other media can we think about in sf terms visual art, performance art, and more
  • New futures: how can we think beyond or outside of the various crises economic, ecological, social, democratic in which we find ourselves in the twenty-first century
  • Reinventing sf: it has become axiomatic to say that the future resembles science fiction in reference to contemporary technology such as augmented reality or biotechnology; so if we are now living in the world as envisioned by Gernsbacks sf, what should be the project for another kind of sf for the twenty-first century

Please send proposals of 250 words to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! by *March 15, 2017*. Proposals should include your name and affiliation, and be accompanied by a brief bibliography. Proposals can be made for pre-constituted panels and these must include email addresses for all proposed speakers.


Information about registration, travel, accommodation and more will follow

on the SFRA website at

Location University of California, Riverside