The Fifth International Symposium on the Poetics of Science Fiction
Department of English and American Studies, Tel-Aviv University
18-19 March 2018
Submission Deadline: September 30, 2017
Science fiction is inseparable from the idea of space – “the final frontier”, as Star Trek defined it for the general audience. From its very inception in the works of H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, H. Rider Haggard and other 19th-century writers, SF has been concerned with exploring, mapping and conquering geographical and physical spaces. However, outer space is but one of the many continua the genre has ventured into. With the rise of cyberpunk in the 1990s, cyberspace has joined the iconic settings of SF, soon followed by virtual spaces, dream-spaces, unknown planets, parallel Earths, and utopian or dystopian communities of the future.
Narrative and cultural theories have recently experienced a “spatial turn”, as expressed by a rapidly-growing flood of scholarly articles and monographs concerned with representation of space. Grounded in the pioneering work of Henri Lefebvre and Fredric Jameson, titles such as Stephen Kern’s The Culture of Time and Space (2003), Ryan, Foote, and Azaryahu’s collaboration Narrating Space/Spatializing Narrative (2016) and many others have come to epitomize the importance of space in the humanities. But despite the problematic of space receiving critical attention, the spatial poetics of SF has remained relatively under-theorized.
Proposals of up to 300 words and short CVs are to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by September 30, 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by the end of October 2017.
Select participants may be invited to join a follow-up publication to Science Fiction Beyond Borders, eds. Shawn Edrei and Danielle Gurevitch (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2016).