Recently, the subject of Chinese science fiction (SF) has begun to gain serious academic attention. SF has occupied and continues to hold a unique position in the literary scene, as a tool of pedagogy and popularization of scientific knowledge, a vehicle for expressing anxieties and hopes for modernization and globalization, and a medium of social and historical critique. Studies of intersections between SF and theories of modernity, national and colonial critique, and utopian thought have demonstrated the cultural relevance of the genre. Among the potential academic contributions of Chinese SF studies are new insights into the development of the novel during the late Qing; the Utopian desires expressed in the May Fourth Movement and in the literature of the socialist period; the anxieties and criticisms of the Hundred Flowers movement; and new formulations of national identity in the post-socialist period.
We would like to invite two to three panelists to join us at the annual meeting of the AAS in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2011. We welcome papers on all aspects of science fiction (or related genres) from China. Please submit an abstract of 250 words or less, paper title, institutional affiliation, and contact information to Nathaniel Isaacson, firstname.lastname@example.org, or feel free to email me with any other questions about submissions.
Nathaniel Isaacson, PhD Candidate
Asian Langauges and Cultures
290 Royce Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095 Email: email@example.com
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