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SFS is planning a special issue on “Science Fiction and the Climate Crisis” that we see as part of an urgent and ongoing conversation with colleagues in the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences. In the energy humanities and other interdisciplinary fields, the climate crisis unfolds differentially as description, allegory, abstract model, immanent materiality, slow apocalypse, and the end of humanist philosophy. We welcome submissions that address the intersections of science fiction and the climate crisis in historical and/or theoretical terms and in multiple media forms from the pulps to science-fiction media and art. We encourage papers that reflect on and explore genre hybridity, including modalities such as climate fiction, petrofiction, and slipstream.

What does one look for when science fiction overlaps with the climate crisis? Is it the punctual events of the thriller genre or the slower pacing of a carefully considered longue durée that grabs critical attention? Moreover, how does climate figure in sf—as foreground or background? Which sf authors or texts stay nervous about the climate crisis? Is there a parallel between science-fictional estrangement and the defamiliarization of neologisms such as the Anthropocene, hyperobjects, necrocapitalism? Contributions might also consider how the climate crisis figures in sf in light of the energy regime. For instance, what differences obtain between figurations of coal crisis and depictions of nuclear disaster? How does the way we use energy affect the reach and scope of sf writing? Conversely, what impact, if any, does climate crisis have on our understanding of the role of science fiction in technoculture?

We are looking for submissions that contribute substantial overviews of the current situation and that explore a variety of sites and authors. In addition to papers focused on the ways in which sf engages the climate crisis, energy regimes, and multiple ecologies (real or imagined), we are interested in discussions that draw on feminist and queer futurities, swerve with the nonhuman turn, analyze the vicissitudes of capitalism’s secular crisis, and follow the utopian impulse. We see immediacy in climate crisis—we must act now—and yet we appreciate a long view of global warming as well—the slow accretion of carbon that has so recently tipped the atmospheric balance of the planet.

Please send proposals (300-500 words) by 1 Jun. 2017 to Brent Ryan Bellamy ( and Veronica Hollinger ( Completed papers (6000-8000 words) will be due by 1 Dec. 2017.

Wiscon has just extended the submission deadline for their academic track to March 1st. More info here:

“WisCon is a 1,000-member science fiction convention with a feminist/social justice focus. Every year we celebrate, dissect, and transform speculative literature, television, film, comics, and games. We specifically aim to foster conversations about feminism(s), gender, race, disability, and class.”

Wiscon has a strong academic track as well as fannish programming. May 26-29 in Madison, WI.

ICFA 38 – Fantastic Epics

22 March – 26 March 2017

Hello Everyone!

As the Thirty-Eighth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts nears, I wanted to send out a few last minute reminders!  


The on-line system will be closed temporarily as of March 1, 2017 so that the conference committee can commit to the hotel for space and meal requirements. The system will open again for on-site registration on March 22, 2017.

Please note that date changes for registration purposes are reckoned by local time in Orlando, Florida. 

If you haven’t already done so, you can renew your membership and register for the conference here.  

Although you can join the association even if you don’t attend the conference, current IAFA membership is required if you are presenting a paper at the conference, so you should join the association or renew your membership before attempting to register for the conference if you are presenting a paper.  

A list of all fees associated with the conference can be found here and a “How To” guide for membership renewal can be found here, and a “How To” guide for registering and paying for the conference can be found here


All IAFA members are invited to join the IAFA listserv. You may do so by clicking here.  


Interested in helping us make ICFA 38 a success? We are looking for volunteers to assist with the book room, registration desk, and A/V. Please use the survey link below to let us know when and where you would like to help. If you know of other people attending the conference that would like to volunteer and earn ICFA bucks to help them keep coming back, please share the survey with them. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Valorie Ebert, Membership and Registration Coordinator (iafareg

Please Note: We need extra volunteers to help load and unload the book room.  If you plan on being at the hotel Monday and/or aren’t leaving until the following Sunday or Monday and would like to help with this important task, please indicate your willingness on the volunteer survey or please contact Valorie Ebert, Membership and Registration Coordinator (iafareg AT

** Book Room Set Up normally begins at 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning.  They need all the help they can get, so if you are at the conference early on Monday, stop by and lend a hand.

** Book Room Breakdown normally begins at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.  Again, they need all the help they can get, so if you are an early riser, go lend a hand.

You can find the volunteer survey here.

Social Media:

If you are on Facebook you can connect with IAFA here.  In addition, if you are a student you can also join the Student Caucus Facebook page here.

Please follow us on Twitter here!

If you have any questions or need any help with membership renewal or registration, please email me at iafareg AT

We look forward to seeing you in March!



“The lesson of history is that no one learns.”

― Steven Erikson, Deadhouse Gates

“We humans do not understand compassion. In each moment of our lives, we betray it. Aye, we know of its worth, yet in knowing we then attach to it a value, we guard the giving of it, believing it must be earned, T’lan Imass. Compassion is priceless in the truest sense of the word. It must be given freely. In abundance.”

― Steven Erikson, Memories of Ice

“It is blasphemy to separate oneself from the earth and look down on it like a god. It is more than blasphemy; it is dangerous. We can never be gods, after all – but we can become something less than human with frightening ease.”

― N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

“Tell them they can be great someday, like us. Tell them they belong among us, no matter how we treat them. Tell them they must earn the respect which everyone else receives by default. Them there is a standard for acceptance; that standard is simply perfection. Kill those who scoff at those contradictions, and tell the rest that the dead deserved annihilation for their weakness and doubt. Then they’ll break themselves trying for what they’ll never achieve”

― N.K. Jemisin, The Fifth Season

“What better way to destroy a civilization, society or a race than to set people into the wild oscillations which follow their turning over their judgment and decision-making faculties to a superhero?”

― Edward James, The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction

Call for Papers

The 2017 Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy will be held Friday and Saturday, June 2-3, 2017, in Toronto, Ontario, at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy, one of the most important collections of fantastic literature in the world.

We invite proposals for papers in any area of Canadian science fiction and fantasy, including:

-studies of individual works and authors;
-comparative studies;
-studies that place works in their literary and/or
cultural contexts.

Papers may be about Canadian works in any medium: literature, film, graphic novels and comic books, and so on. For studies of the audio-visual media, preference will be given to discussions of works produced in Canada or involving substantial Canadian creative contributions.

Papers should be no more than 20 minutes long, and geared toward a general as well as an academic audience. Please submit proposals (max. 2 pages), preferably by email, to:

Dr. Allan Weiss
Department of English
York University
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, ON M3H 3N4

Deadline: March 1, 2017

MLA 2018: Hacking (In)security: Rewiring Systems through Genre

deadline for submissions:
March 15, 2017

full name / name of organization:
Sagnika Chanda

contact email:

How does contemporary global genre fiction reimagine political / personal insecurities? How can it subvert oppressive systems? Texts from 1950-present. 350 word abstracts and CV by 15 March 2017; Jessica L. FitzPatrick ( and Sagnika Chanda (

Afronatures and Afrofutures: Speculation, Technology, and Environment in African Literature and Film (MLA 2018)

deadline for submissions:
March 15, 2017

full name / name of organization:
Dustin Crowley / Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

contact email:

Afronatures and Afrofutures: Speculation, Technology, and Environment in African Literature and Film // MLA 2018, New York City, January 4-7 // Panel arranged by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

Science fiction and speculative fiction have a rich tradition of engaging environmental concern. Using the distance of other worlds and futures, these genres often reflect and refract the human-nature relationship, interrogating and critiquing discourses of otherness and belonging, and projecting the environmental consequences of unchecked war, technology, capitalism, and so on. Similarly, Afrofuturism and other forms of African science/speculative fiction challenge histories and contemporary practices of black marginalization by drawing on and reimagining black history, culture, mythology, cosmology, and more to “build new worlds” and pose alternative futures and possibilities. In his review of Wanuri Kahiu’s 2010 film Pumzi, Matthew Durkin sees environmentalism and Afrofuturism coexisting “to produce an indictment of unrestrained material consumption and its physical effects upon the natural world” (African Studies Review 59.1, April 2016). Yet important questions and potential tensions remain in bridging these fields and genres, including Afrofuturism’s privileging of technology and urbanity and science fiction’s strains of imperialist fantasy and universalization through a planetary scale.

This panel invites papers on African science/speculative fiction and/or Afrofuturism in literature and film as it engages with environmental concerns and discourses. We are particularly interested in projects that explore how these genres might productively challenge and expand each other, reimagining relations of place and belonging, human-nature relationships, the scales and structures of agency and activism, and the centrality of Africa within environmental discourse and practice.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

Negotiating Afrofuturism’s focus on urbanity/built environments and technology with other discourses of environmentalism
The convergence of myth/folklore and science/technology in the literature’s environmental representations
Challenges to the universalism of environmentalist and Anthropocene discourses
Reconfigurations of animals, agency, and the category of the “human” in African science/speculative fiction
Challenges to the imperialist thrust of science fiction through recentering of Africa and reimagining of colonial/neocolonial histories of environmental and ecological degradation
Send a 250-word proposal and CV to Dustin Crowley, Assistant Professor of English at Rowan University at Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2017.

CFP for MLA 2018 — Commodification of the Spirit

2018 Modern Language Association Annual Convention

January 4-7, New York City, NY

CFP for MLA Special Session: Commodification of the spirit, soul, or religion in film and TV (apocalypse, afterlife, deities, demons); intersections between genre and industry. Abstract and CV by 15 March 2017; Steven Holmes ( and IdaYoshinaga (

Summary: Representations of spirituality are interminable fixtures of Western film and television, from Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves (1990) to HBO’s The Young Pope(2016-present). Recent scholarly works focus on the portrayal of religion, deities, and the afterlife in popular culture, from Kyle Bishop’s American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture (2010) to Emily McAvan’s The Postmodern Sacred: Popular Culture Spirituality in the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Urban Fantasy Genres (2012). This panel focuses on the current proliferation of television and filmic depictions of the sacred, divine, or eschatological, whether via undeath (zombies, vampires, ghosts), apocalypse (i.e. The Leftovers), or supernatural (gods, curses, miracles).

Recent TV series explore the imagined inner workings of religious institutions, such as Fox’sThe Exorcist (2016-present). Media corporations appropriate spiritual and mythical histories of indigenous peoples for genre films, as in the case of Disney’s Moana (2016). This 2018 MLA panel considers how television and cinematic productions negotiate the adaptation of religious narratives and the representation of holy institutions. How do corporations and audio-visual texts work to commodify the representation of spiritual beliefs, religions, and practices?

Global, queer, feminist, economic, embodied/affective, faith-based, and indigenous perspectives welcomed.

NANO: New American Notes Online
Issue 13 Call for Papers
Due by: December 2, 2017
Special Issue: The Anthropocene
Guest Editors: Kyle Wiggins and Brandon Krieg

In the Anthropocene–our geological present defined by humans as the dominant, destructive force in the natural world–calamity is familiar. As Jeremy Davies puts it in The Birth of the Anthropocene, “Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, rocks, plants, and animals are experiencing changes great enough to mark the ending of one epoch and the beginning of another” (2). We have entered a moment of environmental crisis, yet the concept of “Anthropocene” continues to be used in “diverse, contested, and even incompatible ways” and its influence on humanism and the humanities remains much debated (6).

For McKenzie Wark, the Anthropocene “is a series of metabolic rifts, where one molecule after another is extracted by labor and technique to make things for humans, but the waste products don’t return so that the cycle can renew itself again. The soil depletes, the seas recede, the climate alters, the gyre widens: a world on fire” (Molecular Red, xiv). Ironically, Wark sees opportunity in this unsettling. He argues that this age of “carbon liberation” invites a reorganization of time and material resources, one that might generate an endurable relationship between human labor and nature. Jane Bennett sees a related opportunity in the Anthropocene to extend our conception of material geology to include human bodies, noting that humans “are made of the same elements as is the planet,” and that, “Like wind or river, human individuals and groups are geologic forces that can alter the planet in countless and, as the concept of the Anthropocene marks, game-changing ways” (“Making the Geologic Now”). Bennett proposes an ethic of “self” as coextensive with other geologic material as crucial to promoting human survival: “For me, one of the effects of a heightened awareness of the interpenetration of the human and ahuman geologic is that it stretches my definition of ‘self’-interest to include the flourishing of the complex system of bio-geologic processes. This enriched understanding of ‘self’ would then, I hope, enable a more extended pursuit of our conatus, the endeavor to persist in being.” In contrast, in a most apocalyptic take, Roy Scranton argues that the “biggest problem we face” in the era of climate change “is a philosophical one: understanding that this civilization is already dead” (“Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene”). Nothing can rescue our doomed species. The time has come to rethink what it means to be human on a planet imperiled by human presence.

The aim of this NANO special issue is to explore what shape this new humanism is taking and how literature, film, art, philosophy – really the breadth of the humanities – are responding to the Anthropocene’s challenges. What does art made for a dying planet look like? Do artists, intellectuals, and critics see our species as moribund? What moral, ethical, and political challenges face citizens of the Anthropocene? What stories do we tell ourselves about civilization’s (inevitable) end? What value or purpose do such tales have? Can a new humanism save us?

This issue of NANO welcomes multimodal essays up to 4,000 words (excluding works cited) exploring topics relating to the Anthropocene, including but not limited to the following:

• art and the Anthropocene
• philosophy and carbon consumption
• the rhetoric of “sustainability” and “green living” in American consumerism
• ecocriticism, ecopoetics, and the Anthropocene
• narratives of resource depletion
• resetting civilization: the Anthropocene’s possibilities for renewal
• climate change and the American novel
• the future of criticism in the age of the Anthropocene
• extinction anxiety and popular culture
• “prepper” and aftermath/cataclysm fiction
• ethical dilemmas of the Anthropocene
• teleology, the apocalypse, and the environmental end-game
• new worlds: science fiction stories of species relocation
• charting time in the Anthropocene
• waste, wreckage, and industrial decay
• posthumanism and the Anthropocene
• the Anthropocene in the age of Trump

Direct questions to the Special Issue co-editors: Kyle Wiggins [] and Brandon Krieg [].

NANO is a multimodal journal. Therefore, we encourage submissions that include images, sound, video, data sets, or digital tools in support of a written argument. The multimodal components of the essay must be owned or licensed by the author, come from the public domain, or fall within reasonable fair use (see Stanford University Libraries’ Copyright & Fair Use site, and the U.S. Copyright Office’s Fair Use site, for more information). NANO’s Fair Use Statement is available on its submission page,

For questions about video, audio, or image usage, please contact NANO:

NANO uses modified 8th Edition MLA (Modern Language Association) formatting and style. See NANO’s Submission page for more information.

Keywords and abstract: Each author is asked to submit 5 keywords and a 150-word abstract to accompany their submission.

Deadlines concerning the special issue to be published in NANO:
• Submission deadline: December 2, 2017
• Pre-production begins February, 2018
• Publication: Spring 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen,

There is an extension on the application for the SCIAFA Writing Workshop. Applications are now due by Sun, Feb 26th. Full information about the workshop and the application can be found below.

Please be aware that you do not have to be a member of the Student Caucus to participate. This workshop is open to anyone.

One of the main events sponsored by the IAFA Student Caucus is the SCIAFA Writing Workshop that takes place during ICFA. It is a chance for graduate students to share their written work with a professional in the field and receive invaluable feedback and advice as they work to improve their writing and shift from conference papers to publications. In the past, this workshop has been run by such people as Sherryl Vint, Ritch Calvin, and Brian Attebery. This year we are pleased to announce that the workshop will be run by Christine Mains.

Christine Mains has taught SF, Fantasy, and popular culture at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University. She is a past Vice President of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts and is currently an Associate Editor for Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. She has published on SF television and on the works of Patricia McKillip and Charles de Lint. She moonlights as a freelance editor of fiction and academic writing.

The workshop will focus on issues to consider when revising conference papers or dissertation chapters into articles that might be submitted to JFA or other journals. The workshop is capped at 10 participants. It will be held in the last timeslot of the conference: Saturday, March 25, from 4-5:30pm. To apply for the workshop, please submit a two-page writing sample and the following information no later than Friday, February 10.

-your name
-your preferred email address
-your institutional affiliation and adviser
-what stage you’re at in your program
-your dissertation or thesis topic (1-2 sentences)
-the issues or problems in your writing you’d most like to address (1-2 sentences)
-the title(s) of academic journals you’re most interested in submitting to

Submissions should be sent to

Prior to the workshop, participants will need to send their paper submissions (~5000 words) no later than March 10 (this could be your conference presentation paper or any other paper you would like to work on for possible publication); they will also need to bring two copies of the paper to the workshop for peer review.

Any questions may be addressed to both Christine Mains at and Amanda Rudd at

Psychology of the Fairy Tale/Fairyland Fiction

deadline for submissions:
February 28, 2017

full name / name of organization:

contact email:

Papers examining the fairy tale/fairyland fiction through a psychoanalytic lens are invited. Please submit 250 word abstracts to by February 28, 2107.