CFP: CYMERA – Scotland’s Festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Writing. Deadline 22 March 2019

CYMERA: Scotland’s Festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Writing

8-9 June 2019, The Pleasance, Edinburgh UK

CYMERA is a new literary festival launching this June in Edinburgh, Scotland’s first such festival devoted to science fiction, fantasy and horror writing. This ambitious event already  has a guest list of more than 60 authors from across all three genres (full programme to be announced in March at https://www.cymerafestival.co.uk/). Now the festival is inviting early career researchers to participate in its innovative academic strand with this call for papers.

The academic strand at CYMERA is free to attend, giving you and your research the chance to engage with the public as well as other academics. Presentations will be strictly limited to five minutes, but you will be presenting to a wider audience – and, potentially, a much bigger audience – than most purely academic conferences. With only five minutes to present, your paper should focus on the core argument or findings of your research in a dynamic manner. The most engaging papers from each Saturday session will be invited back for a second presentation on Sunday. One paper will be chosen to get presented in the festival’s main hall before a major guest event, with a potential public audience of up to 300 people. For further details about how the academic strand will work at the festival, email cymeracfp@gmail.com.

For the academic strand at CYMERA 2019, we are asking for papers that explore Scotland’s contribution to science fiction, fantasy and horror. That can range from writers and creators born in Scotland [from Stevenson and Conan Doyle to Iain Banks and beyond] to those who have made Scotland their home; from Scotland as a location for the genre’s narratives [such as Under the Skin by Michel Faber] to themes of Scottishness present in genre writing. Your paper may focus on one or more of the genres; it could look beyond prose fiction to consider science fiction, fantasy and horror in graphic novels and comics by Scottish creators; or at adaptations of Scottish science fiction, fantasy and horror narratives into other media.

We invite 100-word proposals for five (5) minute papers. Suggested topics include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Scottish authors of the genres – past and present
  • Themes of Scottishness within the genres
  • Scotland as a location, be it rural, urban or both
  • Scotland’s role in the development of these genres
  • New theoretical perspectives on Scottish science fiction, fantasy and horror
  • Scotland’s influence on one or more of the three genres
  • Intersections, blends and hybrids within Scottish fictions of the genres
  • Scottish graphic novels and comic books within the genres, and their creators
  • Adaptations of Scottish science fiction, fantasy and horror
  • Scotland’s contribution to the genres in other media, such as games
  • Genre blending and bending in Scottish writing
  • Dualities in Scottish genre writing and its cities
  • Scotland as a filming location for science fiction, fantasy and horror film and TV

Please send your 100 word abstract with a biographical note of 50-75 words to cymeracfp@gmail.com no later than midday on Friday 22nd March 2019. Please direct all queries and enquiries to the same address.

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Volunteer Opportunity: London Science Fiction Conference 14/15 September 2018

The London Science Fiction Research Community (LSFRC), run by fellow research students Aren Roukema and Rhodri Davies, is in need of people (or self-identifing AIs) to assist with its 2018 conference, “Sublime Cognition: Science Fiction and Metaphysics”.

Interested parties would be able to help in a number of different areas, including setup, welcome and registration, refreshments, technical assistance and chairing of panels (if suitable research experience). This opportunity would be particularly valuable for students looking to gain conference organisation experience and make new contacts in science fiction studies and related fields. Free admission will be provided.

“Sublime Cognition” will take place 14–15 September at Gordon Square. The conference will feature keynotes from Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck) and Helen de Cruz (Oxford Brookes), as well as a roundtable with SF authors Justina Robson, Jeff Noon, and Fiona Moore, and panel presentations from more than 30 speakers.

Please contact Aren Roukema or Rhodri Davies at lsfrcmail@gmail.com.”

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2017-18 Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship: Deadline January 5, 2018

2017-18 Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship: Deadline January 5, 2018

Beginning Fall 2017, this fellowship is being administered and housed at the University of Oregon Libraries Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA).

2017-18 Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship

Deadline: 5pm, Friday, January 5, 2018

The Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Research Fellowship supports travel for the purpose of conducting research using the papers of feminist science fiction authors housed in the UO Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives. For more information on these collections, which includes the papers of Ursula K. Le Guin, visit:
http://researchguides.uoregon.edu/c.php?g=431653&p=2944560

Applications for short-term research fellowships will be accepted from undergraduates, master’s and doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and college and university faculty at every rank, as well as independent scholars working in feminist science fiction.

Up to $2,000 in fellowship support will be awarded for use within one year of award notification.

For complete information and application requirements, visit: https://library.uoregon.edu/special-collections/le-guin-fellowship

Submit applications to: Linda Long, Curator of Manuscripts, llong@uoregon.edu.

The Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship is sponsored by the University of Oregon Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives and the UO’s Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS).

Find more information about the Le Guin Fellowship on the UO SCUA website and/or contact Linda Long, Manuscripts Librarian.

 

Apply for the Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship

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London Science Fiction Research Group 2015-16

Please see the readings for the London Science Fiction Research group 2015/16. All sessions will be held between 7-9pm in Room 112, 43 Gordon Square. All are welcome to attend:

  • 2nd November 2015  – James Tiptree, Jr., Up the Walls of the World
  • 7th December 2015 – Ted Chiang, Story of Your Life
  • 11th January 2016 – Iain M. Banks, Excession
  • 1st February 2016 – Ursula Le Guin, The Word for World is Forest
  • 7th March 2016 – China Mieville, Embassytown
  • 4th April 2016 – Stanislaw Lem, Eden
  • 2nd May 2016 – Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, Roadside Picnic
  • 6th June 2016 – Suzette Haden Elgin, Native Tongue
  • 4th July 2016 – Nnedi Okorafor, Lagoon
  • 1st August 2016 – Naomi Mitchison, Memoirs of a Spacewoman
  • 5th September 2016 – Ian Watson, The Embedding

The London Science Fiction Research Group

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