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CFP: SCIENCE FICTION RESEARCH ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2019
Friday, 21 June - Monday, 24 June 2019
Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawai‘i
Conference Theme: Facing the Future, Facing the Past: Colonialism, Indigeneity, and SF
Keynote Speaker: NALO HOPKINSON
The Science Fiction Research Association invites proposals for its 2019 annual conference, to be held on the campus of Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawai‘i.
“I ka wā mua, ka wā ma hope” is a Hawaiian proverb that can be translated, “In the past lies the future,” or more literally, “In what is in front of you is found what is behind you.” In the Native Hawaiian way of thinking, according to scholar Lilikalā Kame‘eleihiwa, “The Hawaiian stands firmly in the present, with his back to the future, and his eyes fixed upon the past, seeking historical answers for present-day dilemmas.” Another way of interpreting this saying might be, you must face the past to prepare yourself for the future. Thinking about this Hawaiian proverb in the context of science fiction brings up questions about ways of knowing, ways of orienting ourselves in time and space, the relation of our notions of the possible to our understanding of history, the ethical and political obligations of our scientific-technological practice in relation to the past and the future, and our expectations of social change as well as our sense of how it comes about.
SFRA 2019 will meet in Hawai‘i, a set of islands that after two and a half centuries of Western contact has become the world leader in species extinction, while being transformed during the nineteenth century from a wholly self-sustaining civilization into a plantation economy dominated by export crops and ravaged by epidemics that reduced the Native Hawaiian population by 80% or more, and whose political sovereignty was stolen by the settler-controlled and US-military-aided overthrow of the monarchy in 1893. As we plan to meet on this occupied land with its long history of indigenous resistance to colonial incursion, we welcome papers and panels on the relation of science fiction to colonial history and its ongoing effects, to the contemporary ecological crisis, to issues of political and economic justice, and to past and ongoing visions of the future.
Topics related to the conference theme include the relation of SF to the following:
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 preconstituted panels & roundtables.can be directed to SFRAHonolulu@gmail.com with the subject line "CFP QUESTION," or to the conference’s local organizers, John Rieder (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ida Yoshinaga (email@example.com) of the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and Justin Wyble (firstname.lastname@example.org) of Chaminade University.
Graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts & to attend, regardless of whether they plan to present. As with previous SFRA conferences, the first day of the conference schedule, 21 June 2019, will include roundtables & workshops targeted at early-career teachers or researchers working in SF studies as well as in the study of popular culture more generally.
A conference travel grant is available by applying here. The application is due on 15 April 2019.