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[ecrea] Call for Papers for : Diversity in Speculative Fiction (London August 2014)

Wed Mar 13 23:52:27 GMT 2013

Diversity in Speculative Fiction

Loncon 3, Call for Papers

72nd World Science Fiction Convention

Thursday 14 to Monday 18 August 2014

London, UK

Guests of Honour:

Iain M. Banks, John Clute, Malcolm Edwards, Chris Foss,

Jeanne Gomoll, Robin Hobb, Bryan Talbot

The academic programme at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction
Convention, is offering the opportunity for academics from across the
globe to share their ideas with their peers and convention attendees.
To reflect the history and population of London, the host city, the
theme of the academic programme is ‘Diversity’. We will be exploring
science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all forms of speculative
fiction, whether in novels, comics, television, and movies or in
fanworks, art, radio plays, games, advertising, and music.

Proposals are particularly welcome on the works of the Guests of
Honour, the city of London as a location and/or fantastic space, and
underrepresented areas of research in speculative fiction. Examples of
these may include, but are not limited to:

- Representation of alternative sexualities

- Speculative fiction by writers and producers of colour

- Non-English language media and/or fandoms

- The fantastic in unexpected places (greetings cards, pornography,
opera, football stadiums)

- Digital comics

- The role of speculative fiction in Live Action Role-Playing

- The fantastic in music videos

- Speculative fiction in advertising

- European horror

Academics at all levels are warmly encouraged, including students and
independent scholars.

We welcome proposals for presentations, roundtable discussions,
lectures, and workshops/masterclasses.

The deadline for submission is October 1st 2013. Participants will be
notified by December 31st 2013. All presenters must be in receipt of
convention membership by May 1st 2014. Abstracts will be included in
the Academic Programme Book, available to download from the Loncon
website. It is anticipated that an edited volume showcasing the
variety of topics presented will be published.

To propose a paper, please submit a 300 word abstract to Emma England,
the academic area head. To submit something other than a paper, please
contact her first, for an informal exchange of ideas.

(emma.england /at/

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