I am looking to organize a panel centered on the issue of the intersections between the emergence of science fiction and the history of imperialism in East Asia. This panel will work from the premise that the emergence of science fiction is grounded in the history of imperialism. While it is not reducible to it, the narratives of science fiction are indebted to colonial ideologies and the “planetary consciousness” established by global conquest and the circulation of commodities and cultural practices. In this respect, science fiction was not only a transnationally travelling mass literary genre; moreover, in its very language and rhetoric, science fiction functions more broadly as a mode of awareness that poses the very problem of transnationality in all its uneven flows and asymmetrical relations of power. As the site of overlapping imperialisms and the object of a techno-orientalizing gaze, East Asia makes for a potentially rich test case for interrogating the intersections of science fiction and colonial discourses.
We would like to invite two to three panelists to join us for the 2012 AAS Annual Meeting in Toronto. Papers on a range of topics surrounding the linkages between colonialism and science fiction (broadly construed) or alternatively scientific discourse/rhetoric with a particular attention to translingual and transnational interchanges are welcome. Please contact and send an abstract of 250 words or less to Baryon Posadas (firstname.lastname@example.org) by July 31st if you are interested.
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