29 de marzo de 2016

CFP - Messengers from the Stars: On Science Fiction and Fantasy

Type: Call for Papers
Date: May 31, 2016
Location: Portugal
Subject Fields: Environmental History / Studies, Film and Film History, Graduate Studies, Literature, Popular Culture Studies

Science Fiction and Fantasy International Conference
School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon
November 16-18, 2016
Science Fiction and Fantasy objects are a permanent part of today’s cultural industry.  From the margins to mainstream culture, their ubiquity demands critical debate beyond the preconception of pop culture made for mass entertainment. The University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (ULICES) invites you to take part in the 4thInternational Conference Messengers From the Stars: On Science Fiction and Fantasy to be held at the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon, November 16-18, 2016. We welcome papers of about 20 minutes (maximum) and also joint proposals for thematic panels consisting of 3 or 4 participants. Postgraduate and undergraduate students are also welcomed to participate.
Topics may include but are not limited to the following:
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Comic Books/Graphic Novels
  • Fan Fiction/Fandom
  • Fantasy and Children’s Literature
  • Fantasy and Science Fiction on Screen (Cinema, TV, Web, etc.)
  • Fantasy and the Gothic
  • Imagination and Fantasy
  • Journey
  • Music and Science Fiction
  • Place and Non-place
  • Science and Fiction
  • Utopias/Dystopias
  • Videogames
Confirmed keynote speakers:
Andrew M. Butler – School of Media, Art and Design (Canterbury, UK)
Katherine Fowkes – High Point University (NC, USA)
Individual papers, as well as thematic panel proposals, should have 250 words maximum and be sent to mensageirosdasestrelas@gmail.com along with a short biographical note (100 words maximum) by May 31, 2016.
Notification of acceptance will be sent by June 30, 2016.
Working Languages: Portuguese and English
Early bird registration:  July 1st – September 15th 
70 € / Students: 30 €
Late bird registration: September 16th –October 31st
80 € / Students: 40 €
  1. Only after proof of payment is registration effectively considered.
  2. Participants are responsible for their own travelling arrangements and accommodation.
  3. Undergraduate and post-graduate students must send proof of student status with their registration.
Contact Info: 
José Duarte (Professor at University of Lisbon). Member of the Messengers from the Stars project, dedicated to the study of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Co-organizer of the conference Messengers from the Stars: On Science Fiction and Fantasy and member of the Editorial board of the academic journal: Messengers from the Stars (http://messengersfromthestars.letras.ulisboa.pt/journal/).