CFP: Academic Track at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention: “100 Years of Estrangement”, 9–13 August, 2017

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Academic Track at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention:

“100 Years of Estrangement”

9–13 August, 2017

Messukeskus, the Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre, Helsinki, Finland

Estrangement, or defamiliarization (ostranenie), has long been a crucial concept in our understanding of speculative fiction. Since its first appearance in Viktor Shklovsky’s essay “Art as Technique” (or “Art as Device”) in 1917, estrangement has made its way into the theories of prose fiction, of theatre, and of film, and it forms the core of some of the foundational works in the theory of science fiction, such as Darko Suvin’s definition of SF as cognitive estrangement.

To celebrate the centenary of Shklovsky’s essay, the Worldcon 75 Academic Track calls for proposals for scholarly presentations from any academic discipline to examine, interrogate, and expand research related to the concept of estrangement, to related terms such as cognitive estrangement, the uncanny, the unnatural, Brecht’s Verfremdungseffekt or Derrida’s différance, and to their role in the analysis of speculative fiction in any medium. We hope for a broad, interdisciplinary discussion on the many ways in which estrangement or defamiliarization relates to the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror, and on how those genres form a particularly fertile ground for extending our understanding of how the familiar is made new, or the strange comprehensible.

To examine these phenomena, we invite proposals addressing e.g. the following questions:

● What is the status of Shklovsky’s original ostranenie in contemporary theories of speculative fiction (widely understood)?

● How does defamiliarization or estrangement function in different fantastic (sub)genres?

● What are the differences and similarities between the techniques or strategies of defamiliarization in different media (e.g. prose fiction, graphic narratives, theatre, films, games)? How does defamiliarization relate to inter- or transmedial storytelling?

● What is the dynamic between defamiliarization, mental transportation and identification? How do estranging and fantastical effects impact the reader’s perception of the storyworld or sympathy towards the characters?

● How do works of speculative fiction balance estranging or defamiliarizing techniques and the naturalizing effects inherent to its worldbuilding and characterization? How does defamiliarization relate to the realistic illusions created by speculative fiction?

● How does estrangement help us to describe metafiction and formal self-reflection in speculative fiction?

● Are there different scholarly traditions around estrangement in different academic fields (e.g. literary studies, aesthetics, film theory) and in different language areas (e.g. Anglo-American, Russian, German, French)?

● Arising from Russian formalism and the avant-garde, estrangement has strongly political roots that have to do with the freedom of art within society. How does this political aspect of estrangement fare today?

● How is defamiliarization used in fantastic genres to question or critique societal issues and/or social identity categories (e.g. gender, sexuality, ethnicity, age, social class)?

● What can the study of defamiliarizing techniques offer to the posthumanist line of interdisciplinary research and its interest in the relations between humans and nonhumans?

● What commercial functions does estrangement have, and how do those interact with its aesthetic and ideological functions in speculative fiction?

In addition to these theoretical questions, we call for analyses of the effects of estrangement in specific works of speculative fiction in any medium. Beyond the specific conference theme of defamiliarization, proposals on all other topics to do with speculative fiction are also welcome.

Submission guidelines:

Papers will be allowed a maximum presentation time of 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for discussion. All presentations will be given in English.

● For an individual paper, please submit

  • a max. 500-word abstract, outlining your argument and the grounding of your scholarly approach
  • a max. 100-word description of your academic affiliation(s) and publications (i.e. a ‘bio note’).

● For a pre-arranged session of three or four presentations (3×20 minutes or 4×15 minutes), please submit a proposal including

  • a summary paragraph of the central purpose of the session
  • the name of the session chair
  • the individual abstracts of all speakers
  • bio notes of all speakers.

Please note that we will accept only one presentation per scholar, but you can submit both an individual abstract and a full session proposal, if you wish.

All proposals should be sent as e-mail attachments (Word or PDF) to merja.polvinen@worldcon.fi by October 31st, 2016.

We hope to announce the selections to the programme by 30th November, 2016. All selected speakers will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation. There is no separate conference fee, but all speakers in the Academic Track must join Worldcon 75 as attending members. For more information on purchasing memberships, please see the convention website at http://www.worldcon.fi/memberships/.

About the event:

Worldcon, or the World Science Fiction Convention is the annual convention of the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS). The first Worldcon was held in 1939 and, after a hiatus during WWII, has been held continuously since 1946. The convention brings together thousands of science fiction and fantasy aficionados from all around the world, and the programming includes five multi-track days of panel discussions, presentations, workshops and art exhibitions, as well as the annual Hugo Awards ceremony. For more information on Worldcon75 and on the venue in Helsinki, please see http://www.worldcon.fi/.

The Academic Track is organised by Worldcon 75 in cooperation with FINFAR, The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research. For more information on submissions, or any other aspect of the Academic Track, please contact merja.polvinen@worldcon.fi.

Looking forward to welcoming you to Helsinki!

Dr Merja Polvinen

Chair of the Academic Track committee

Department of Modern Languages, University of Helsinki https://tuhat.halvi.helsinki.fi/portal/en/person/mpolvine

in cooperation with

FINFAR, The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, http://finfar.org/en/

PDF: Worldcon75AcademicTrackCFP

CfP: Fafnir 4/2016: Speculative Fiction in Comics and Graphic Novels

Call for Papers:

FAFNIR 4/2016: SPECULATIVE FICTION IN COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research invites authors to submit papers for the upcoming edition 4/2016. Theme for the edition is “Speculative Fiction in Comics and Graphic Novels”. We invite papers that focus on speculative fiction in, for example, genres of comics, graphic novels and graphic narratives, cartoons, animations, anime or manga.

Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research is a peer-reviewed academic journal which is published in electronic format four times a year. Fafnir is published by FINFAR Society (The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research) from 2013 onwards. Fafnir publishes various texts ranging from peer-reviewed research articles to short overviews and book reviews in the field of science fiction and fantasy research.

The submissions for the edition 4/2016 must be original work, and written in English, Finnish or in Scandinavian languages. Manuscripts of research articles should be between 20,000 and 40,000 characters in length. The journal uses the most recent edition of the MLA Style Manual. The manuscripts of research articles will be peer-reviewed.

Please note that as Fafnir is designed to be of interest to readers with varying backgrounds, essays and other texts should be as accessibly written as possible. Also, if you are writing in English, and English is not your first language, please have your article reviewed or edited by an English language editor.

In addition to research articles, Fafnir constantly welcomes text proposals such as essays, interviews, overviews and book reviews on any subject suited for the journal.

The deadline for research articles is August 15, 2016 and for other submissions November 15, 2016.

Please send your electronic submission (saved as RTF-file) to the following address: submissions(at)finfar.org. For further information, please contact the editors: jyrki.korpua(at)oulu.fi, hanna.roine(at)uta.fi and aino-kaisa.koistinen(at)jyu.fi.

More detailed information about Fafnir and the submission guidelines is available at our webpage journal.finfar.org.

This edition is scheduled for December 2016.

Best regards,

Aino-Kaisa Koistinen, Jyrki Korpua and Hanna-Riikka Roine

Editors, Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research

Call for Papers: Fafnir 3/2016

Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research invites you to submit a paper for the upcoming issue 3/2016!

Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research is a peer-reviewed academic journal which is published in electronic format four times a year. Fafnir is published by The Finnish Society of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research (Suomen science fiction- ja fantasiatutkimuksen seura ry, http://www.finfar.org).

Now Fafnir invites authors to submit papers for its issue 3/2016. Fafnir publishes various texts ranging from peer-reviewed research articles to short overviews and book reviews in the field of science fiction and fantasy research.

If you would like to submit your text for Fafnir 3/2016, we kindly ask you to take the following into account:

The submissions must be original work, and written in English (or in Finnish or in Scandinavian languages). Manuscripts of research articles should be between 20,000 and 40,000 characters in length. The journal uses the most recent edition of the MLA Style Manual. The manuscripts of research articles will be peer-reviewed. Please note that as Fafnir is designed to be of interest to readers with varying backgrounds, essays and other texts should be as accessibly written as possible. Also, if English is not your first language, please have your article reviewed or edited by an English language editor.

In addition to research articles, Fafnir welcomes text submissions such as essays, interviews, overviews and book reviews on any subject suited for the journal.

The deadline for the submissions is May 31.

Please send your electronic submission (as an RTF-file) to the following address: submissions(at)finfar.org. For further information, please contact the editors: k_ainokaisa(at)yahoo.com, jyrki.korpua(at)oulu.fi and hanna.roine(at)uta.fi. See also more detailed information on our checklist and submission guidelines: http://journal.finfar.org/for-authors/submission-guidelines.

The upcoming issue is scheduled for September 2016.

CfP: The Far Side of English: New Gothic and Science-Fiction Monsters

The Far Side of English:
New Gothic and Science-Fiction Monsters

University of Tampere, Finland, 3.-4.5.2016

Ever since Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the Gothic and Science Fiction have been moving in parallel ways – Brian Aldiss refers to the latter as characteristically cast in the Gothic or post-Gothic mode. Both the Gothic and Science Fiction are replete with allegories and metaphors about the human condition, particularly in topics that are considered taboo, such as ethnicity/“race”, the origin and eventual fate of life, or the human place in the cosmos. Both in the Gothic and in Science Fiction, to understand the monster lurking in the shadowy forest or the alien crawling on the space station, is to understand one’s self.

We invite English-language literature students and researchers at all levels to submit abstracts (~250 words) for presentations related to “The Far Side of English”, which will be held from 3.-4.5.2016 at the University of Tampere. Areas of research and fields of study can include (but are not limited to):

– Gothic/Science-Fiction “others”.
– Adaptations and allegories of classic and modern myths in a Gothic/Science-Fiction context.
– The future of the Gothic and Science Fiction.
– Hybridity, artificial intelligence, and conceptual monsters.

Please submit your abstracts via email to christos.angelis@uta.fi by 20.03.2016. Speakers will be notified of their acceptance by 25.03.2016.

Attendance at the conference is free of charge.

See also http://www.uta.fi/ltl/plural/konferenssit/farside.html

CfP: Fantastic Paper Workshop in Tampere, June 30th – July 1st, 2016

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Fantastic Paper Workshop in Tampere, June 30th – July 1st, 2016

The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research (FINFAR) organises an annual paper workshop at the threshold of Finncon 2016, at the University of Tampere on June 30th and July 1st 2016.

Finncon is one of the largest events on science fiction and fantasy in Europe. In 2016, Finncon is held in Tampere (University of Tampere), on July 1st–3rd. The main theme of the event is “fairytales”. For more information on Finncon 2016, visit http://2016.finncon.org/en/what-is-finncon/ .

Science fiction and fantasy research is present at Finncon 2016 in two forms: an academic track and a paper workshop. The Guest Scholar for Finncon 2016 is Raffaella Baccolini (University of Bologna). If you wish to present in the academic track, please respond to the separate call for papers (http://finfar.org/en/call-for-papers-for-the-academic-track-at-finncon-2016-fantastic-visions-from-faerie-to-dystopia-3/ ).

The paper workshop, held prior to the beginning of the main event, is a closed feedback session for written research papers. The papers are read by all participants beforehand, and the workshop is dedicated to comments and discussion. The workshop is targeted at undergraduates, graduate students and established scholars alike. We welcome proposals from all fields and approaches, as long as the subject matter relates to science fiction or fantasy. Established Finnish scholars on science fiction and fantasy will comment on the papers. Due to the participatory nature of the workshop and limitations on time and space, the workshop is open only for the participants and designated commentators.

Please send your 300-word abstract describing the content of your proposed paper, and a few words about yourself and your studies by March 31st, 2016, to kaisa.kortekallio@helsinki.fi and liisa.rantalaiho@uta.fi with the title “FINFAR WORKSHOP 2016 ABSTRACT [YOUR NAME]”. The selection will be made by April 15th. The final paper should be 10,000–15,000 characters in length. You can submit a paper either in Finnish or in English. The deadline for the final paper is May 31st, 2016. Further information and instructions will be sent upon approval.

If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact either Kaisa Kortekallio (kaisa.kortekallio@helsinki.fi) or Liisa Rantalaiho (liisa.rantalaiho@uta.fi). For further information on FINFAR, visit http://www.finfar.org .

Call for Papers for the Academic Track at FINNCON 2016: Fantastic Visions from Faerie to Dystopia

Call for Papers for the Academic Track at FINNCON 2016

Fantastic Visions from Faerie to Dystopia

July 1–3, 2016, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland

Finncon 2016 is one of the largest events in Europe for anyone interested in science fiction and fantasy. By tradition, it is free of membership fee, and offers you several programme tracks with presentations, panels and lectures on all aspects of science fiction and fantasy. The main language will be Finnish, but there are programme tracks also in English and Swedish. For more information, see http://2016.finncon.org/en/what-is-finncon/ .

Finncon 2016 includes an academic track, organised in cooperation with the University of Tampere research project Darkening visions: dystopian fiction in contemporary Finnish literature and the Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research (FINFAR, http://finfar.org/en ).

The Finncon 2016 Academic Track aims to bring together a wide range of scholarly perspectives on the speculative and the fantastic. We hope for a broad, interdisciplinary discussion on the many ways in which genres such as fantasy, science fiction and horror take their readers, users, and consumers to strange speculative worlds, from modern dystopias to classic fairylands.

The Academic Track now invites presentations on fairy tales and dystopia. The general theme of Finncon 2016 is fairy tales, and accordingly the Author Guests of Honour are Catherynne M. Valente (USA), Jasper Fforde (UK) and Anne Leinonen (Finland). Fairy tales are a part of the shared human cultural heritage, and each culture has fairy tales of its own. Although fairy tales are often seen as children’s culture, fairy tale tropes and motifs may also belong to a galaxy far, far away, as they have become material for popular culture in many forms.

We also wish to emphasise the fiction of dystopia. One of the most noticeable trends in speculative fiction has been the rise of dystopian themes and visions that expand from undesirable, oppressive societies to apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic scenarios of the future of the mankind and life on earth more generally. What is the attraction of these dark imaginations that also penetrate young adult fiction?

The Guest Scholar will be Raffaella Baccolini (University of Bologna), who will give a plenary lecture and comment on papers.

Proposals for scholarly papers from any academic discipline that seek to examine, interrogate, and expand research related to any aspect of fairy tales or dystopia, for any age group, in any medium are welcome. Papers will be allowed a maximum presentation time of 20 minutes.

Please submit a 500-word proposal describing the content of your proposed paper, and a few words about yourself and your research to either Saija Isomaa ( saija.isomaa@uta.fi ) or Jyrki Korpua ( jyrki.korpua@gmail.com ).

The deadline for the proposals is February 29, 2016.

Tampere is easy to get to either directly by air or by train (or car) from Helsinki. The convention location is the University of Tampere which is downtown, near the train station and a short way from several hotels, shops and markets.

If you have any questions about the Finncon 2016 or the Academic Track, please contact Liisa Rantalaiho ( liisa.rantalaiho@uta.fi ).

Fafnir gets a new editor and a new publication rating

Fafnir is pleased to announce its new editor: Aino-Kaisa Koistinen from the University of Jyväskylä! A roar of approval and best of luck to her, as well as many, many thanks to Päivi Väätänen, who is the first of the original editorial troika to step down.

Also in the news: the two-year-old Fafnir is now listed in the Finnish academic Publication Forum as a level 1 peer-reviewed publication channel – a signal of approval from the academic establishment for our editorial policies and level of academic quality.

 

Call for Papers: Fafnir 2/2016

Call for Papers: Fafnir 2/2016

Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research invites you to submit a paper for the upcoming issue 2/2016!

Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research is a peer-reviewed academic journal which is published in electronic format four times a year. Fafnir is published by The Finnish Society of Science Fiction and Fantasy Researchers (Suomen science fiction- jafantasiatutkimuksenseurary, http://www.finfar.org).

Now Fafnir invites authors to submit papers for its issue 2/2016. Fafnir publishes various texts ranging from peer-reviewed research articles to short overviews and book reviews in the field of science fiction and fantasy research.

If you would like to submit your text for Fafnir 2/2016, we kindly ask you to take the following into account:

The submissions must be original work, and written in English (or in Finnish or in Scandinavian languages). Manuscripts of research articles should be between 20,000 and 40,000 characters in length. The journal uses the most recent edition of the MLA Style Manual. The manuscripts of research articles will be peer-reviewed. Please note that as Fafnir is designed to be of interest to readers with varying backgrounds, essays and other texts should be as accessibly written as possible. Also, if English is not your first language, please have your article reviewed or edited by an English language editor.

In addition to research articles, Fafnir welcomes text submissions such as essays, interviews, overviews and book reviews on any subject suited for the journal.

The deadline for the submissions is 29th February 2016.

Please send your electronic submission (as an RTF-file) to the following address: submissions(at)finfar.org. For further information, please contact the editors: jyrki.korpua(at)oulu.fi, hanna.roine(at)uta.fi and paivi.vaatanen(at)helsinki.fi. See also more detailed information on our checklist and submission guidelines: http://journal.finfar.org/for-authors/submission-guidelines.

The upcoming issue is scheduled for June 2016.

The Issue 3/2015 of Fafnir is Now Out!

We are proud to present the third issue of Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research in the year 2015! The issue can be read at http://journal.finfar.org.

This issue celebrates posthumously the lifework and accomplishments of two beloved writers of science fiction and fantasy: the great Sir Terence “Terry” Pratchett and the renowned Michael Crichton. The legacy of Prachett’s work is discussed in a special obituary, while the sole research article of this issue studies the relationship between fan and merchant in the Wincanton Hogswatch celebration. The issue also includes an overview studying the significance and scope of Crichton’s too often neglected fictional works, which present his concern for societal issues regarding science and technology.

The rest of the issue specializes in topical issues in Finnish. We are proud to present Juha Raipola’s lectio praecursoria which focuses on representations of the future and future-oriented thinking in Finnish writer Leena Krohn’s work, drawing a connection between the theme of uncertainty and the portrayal of agentic force by non-human things, beings, and technologies. The issue also contains two literary reviews: one on a recent dissertation dealing with the Disney comics by Don Rosa and the other on the first book on the philosophy of horror genre in Finnish.

Please do remember that Fafnir welcomes submissions of research articles, short overviews, academic book reviews, essays, opinion pieces and the like. More detailed information on the journal and the upcoming issues is available at journal.finfar.org.

The next issue is scheduled for December 2015. In the meantime, Fafnir wishes our readers a sunny autumn!

Remember to join Fafnir’s Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fafnirjournal.

Best regards,

Jyrki Korpua, Hanna-Riikka Roine & Päivi Väätänen
Editors-in-chief, Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research
e-mail: submissions@finfar.org
http://journal.finfar.org