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Critique World Systems Theory as applied to science fiction

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Dear All,

Please see the below announcement for our second call for papers for an edited collection of papers that Will Slocombe and I are editing. In particular we are looking for articles that use or critique World Systems Theory as applied to science fiction.

Systems and Knowledge: Scholarship, Ecology and Mind in Science Fiction Second Call Science fiction is a genre inherently replete with a multitude of systems. >From computers, robots, cyborgs and androids to human-animal studies, ecological systems, management practices and (agro-)industrial systems, science fiction has portrayed a variety of different and sometimes interlocking sets of physical systems. Ideas of knowledge generation and systematisation are also central to the genre, from the social and hard sciences, art, language and communication, right through to the systematisation and dissemination of knowledge.

World Systems Theory understands literature, film and other media as emerging from an interaction between categories of a global economic system. Immanuel Wallerstein in The Modern World System: Capitalist Agriculture and the Origins of the European World Economy in the Sixteenth Century (1974) proposes four categories to organise this world economic system: core, semi-periphery, periphery and external. More recently, Franco Moretti has applied this schema to analyse the novel in world literature, while Andrew Milner has adapted this model to apply it to the production of science fiction.

We are currently seeking the final few essays to round off the collection, and so this is a second call for papers inviting scholars to submit proposals for articles that use or critique World Systems Theory for the analysis of science fiction. Proposals exploring any period of speculative fiction are welcome, but we are especially interested in abstracts that apply World Systems Theory to global science fiction. Proposals should be 300-400 words, and include a short, 100-word biography: the deadline for submission is December 16th, 2017.

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All the best,

Chris Pak.