The Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA), an interdisciplinary professional organization committed to encouraging, facilitating, and rewarding the study of science fiction and fantasy literature, film, and other media, is currently accepting individual abstracts and panel proposal for its 2009 conference, which will be held June 11-14, in Atlanta, GA (Wyndham Midtown Hotel). We welcome paper and panel submissions that explore any aspect of science fiction across history and media and are
particularly interested in those that engage one or both of the
conference themes, "Engineering the Future" and "Southern-Fried
Science Fiction and Fantasy," or the work of one or more of the
conference's guest authors, which include the Guest of Honor, Michael Bishop, and Special Guest Authors: F. Brett Cox, Paul di Filippo, Andy Duncan, Kathleen Ann Goonan, and Jack McDevitt.
The 2009 conference's two themes and its selection of guest authors
are inspired by the conference's location in Atlanta and its
co-sponsorship by Georgia Tech's School of Literature, Communication, and Culture. Atlanta, a storied locale in American history, is also in many ways an international city of the future, home to 21st century information, entertainment, technological and military industries, peopled with 21st century demographics, and prone to 21st century situations.
How is the future engineered in science fiction and how has science
fiction already engineered our present? The American south has long
been well known for its gothic fiction, but it has increasingly
figured in works of science fiction and fantasy too. So it is equally fitting to ask, how has the south been an inspiration of science fiction and fantasy and what will its global future in speculative arts and letters be?
The deadline for proposals is April 1, 2009 at midnight EST. Please
submit paper and panel proposals by email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Include all text of the proposal in the body of the email (not as an
attachment). Please be sure to include full contact information for
all panel members and to make all AV requests within each proposal.
For more information, email . And as of September 1, 2008, be sure to check out www.sfra2009.com for more details!
School of Literature, Communication, and Culture
Georgia Institute of Technology
Skiles Building. Room 336.
686 Cherry St., Atlanta, GA 30332-0165
Phone: (404) 894-1022
Fax: (404)894-1287 Email: email@example.com Visit the website at http://www.sfra2009.com/
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