Organizing Board and Executive Committee statement, January 21, 2021: The Science Fiction Research Association recognizes and rejects the structural inequities that led the conference organizing board and executive committee to select a keynote lineup for its 2021 conference on the theme of the future of inequality that does not reflect the diversity of the field or of our membership. We are committed to addressing this error in three forms. First, with respect to the conference itself, we are seeking additional keynote speakers and will have an update on that soon. Second, we are seeking workshop leaders to help the organization work through its own ongoing relations of inequality, who, like the keynotes, will be compensated for their time and effort. We as the executive committee also commit to doing the labor necessary to ensure that the conference is equitable and inclusive in content and form, not simply in the realm of good intentions. Third, we will hold an open meeting at the conference on ways to implement new procedures to reform the way we select both the executive committee and our conference sites and themes to prevent anything similar from happening again. We apologize to the community for the pall this fundamental and inexcusable error casts over our upcoming meeting and commit to transforming the organization to be a more diverse and inclusive space for all. Thank you to all those who spoke up and held us accountable. We hope this can be the start of necessary and generative conversations.
Call for Proposals:
Science Fiction Research Association
(Virtual) Annual Conference 2021
Friday, 18 June - Monday, 21 June 2021
Virtual Host: Seneca College, Toronto, Canada
Conference Theme: The Future of/as Inequality
Keynote Speaker: Madeline Ashby
[Company Town, How to Future: Leading and Sensemaking in an Age of Hyperchange,
Machine Dynasty series]
Guest Scholar: Dr. Lars Schmeink
[Biopunk Dystopias: Genetic Engineering, Society and Science Fiction; The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture, Cyberpunk and Visual Culture]
The Science Fiction Research Association invites proposals for its 2021 annual conference, to be held virtually from June 18 until June 21, 2021 and sponsored by Seneca College, Toronto, Canada. Topics related to the conference theme include (but not limited to the following:
- posthumanism(s) and the economies of/and poverty
- (hyper) exploitation and posthuman labouring bodies
- reinforcing/redefining social class
- utopianism and post-capitalist societies
- the Anthropocene; or, we’re not all in the same (sinking) ship, are we?
- Indigenous survivance
- speculative technologies of resistance
We also welcome papers on topics relevant to science fiction research broadly conceived that are not specifically related to the conference theme, including proposals for virtual panels and roundtables, if technologically feasible.
300-500 word abstracts should be sent to Graham J. Murphy (graham.Murphy@senecacollege.ca) or through the Abstract Submission form by April 1, 2021. Notification of acceptance will occur by April 16, 2021. At this stage, the plan (although it can change!) is to have papers/presentations organized into thematic “streams” and made available to registered ‘attendees’ in advance of the conference in an asynchronous manner, coupled with synchronous Q&A sessions on a virtual conferencing platform.
Otherwise, general questions concerning this call for papers, conference panels, etc. can be directed to Graham J. Murphy (graham.Murphy@senecacollege.ca) and/or SFRA president Gerry Canavan (gerry.canavan.marquette.edu).
You will also need to join SFRA (or renew your membership) to register for the conference. For more on registration categories and deadlines, visit the SFRA website.