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  • 11 Dec 2021 7:35 PM | Anonymous

    The SFRA is delighted to announce that Dr. Anastasia Klimchynskaya is the winner of the Support a New Scholar Award. Congratulations, Dr. Klimchynskaya!

    Dr. Klimchynskaya is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago. Her work prioritizes an interdisciplinary approach that combines literary study, the cultural history of science, and material culture, and is interested in interrogating the relations between technoscientific reality, literary narratives, and the cultural imagination. Her current project focuses on the emergence of science fiction in the nineteenth century, taking a capacious approach to French, British, and American science fiction texts as products not just of discrete scientific practices or ideas, but of the paradigms and conceptual frameworks that these practices and discoveries existed within and produced.

    She is also passionate about sharing her love of science fiction and bringing an understanding of its power, possibilities, and relevance to students in the classroom and the broader public outside the academy. Since 2015, she has been on the programming staff of Philcon, the Philadelphia Science Fiction Conference, and has taught courses on science fiction at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, and the Rosenbach Library and Museum – including “Living in a Science Fiction World,” a course that examined contemporary social, technological, political, and ethical issues through the lens of science fiction.

  • 09 Nov 2020 5:44 PM | Anonymous

    We are pleased to post a call for applications for the SFRA Support a New Scholar Program (SNS), for 2021-22*.

    This New Scholars Program supports advanced students and scholars of outstanding promise to assist them in taking part as active members of the science fiction community.

    This excellence-based grant is aimed to help fund one graduate student and one non-tenure-track scholar for a period of two years, covering membership costs.

    Please find below eligibility criteria and application forms for both tracks.

    DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: November 15, 2020

    To submit applications or if you have any further questions please contact the SFRA Vice President, Sonja Fritzsche at:

    • Eligible candidates will have a proven interest in SF. 
    • They must be students currently registered for a graduate degree program (Masters / Doctoral) in a recognized institution of higher education. 
    • Candidates may apply more than once for the program but can only be awarded one time (no matter which track). 
    • Awarded scholars are encouraged to attend the SFRA conference during the years they participate in the program.

    Please submit the following material together with your completed form to the SFRA Vice President, Sonja Fritzsche,, no later than November 15, 2020 [Please note, applications with missing material will not be considered]: 

    • Completed application form 2021-22.Support A New Scholar.TrackA.docx
    • 300 word description of your SF interests and accomplishments, in support of your candidacy 
    • A one-page CV 
    • Proof of student status
  • 10 Jan 2020 1:30 AM | Anonymous

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    Congratulations to the winner of the 2020-2021 Support a New Scholar Award,

    Ida Yoshinaga!

    Brief Bio

    Earning her Ph.D. from the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa Department of English Creative Writing Program, Ida Yoshinaga combines creative writing pedagogy, genre theory, and formal analyses of story development and of screenplay drafting during the screen story production process. In her dissertation, she analyzed the connections between fantastic-genre audiovisual modes, the employment and promotion of minority screenwriters within Hollywood’s labor-management relations, and the cultural politics of screen representation as a result of the social stratification of teleplay writers and producers during this Peak TV era. A Disney scholar, she also researches the complex dynamics between labor and leisure within the political economy of transmedial (i.e., “franchise” or “IP”) fantastic storytelling, deploying cross-platform narratological analyses to evaluate gender, class, racial, and colonial memes across narrative and non-narrative fantasy media.

    Research Statement

    I contrast Disney’s mass-produced, Big-Data-guided articulations of the fantastic with female consumers’ practice of a fantasy imaginary within and outside of Disney’s storyworld platforms, including film, TV, fashion, food, and theme parks. Focusing on digital-age technologies of creative-labor extraction by Disney and their relationship to diverse female consumer subjectivities produced through its worldwide fantasy lifestyle empire, I analyze data from passive observation conducted at Disney Parks and Universal Studios Parks (and resorts) alongside those from fieldwork at alternative fantasy franchise and non-franchise leisure sites in the community, framing those findings against the scripted production of fantasy narrative by Disney writers.

  • 18 Jan 2019 1:33 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations, Beata Gubacsi, on winning the Support a New Scholar Award!  

    Beata Gubacsi is a PhD candidate at the University of Liverpool. Her research interests are genre, trauma, climate and animal studies, technology in medicine and health care with a focus on gaming and mental health. While working on her thesis, “Literature of Monstrosity: Posthumanism and the New Weird”, she has also been involved in Bluecoat Liverpool’s science fiction projects as part of her LiNK placement, and co-hosting and facilitating workshops at the Being Human Festival, Tate Exchange, and Nottingham New Art Exchange. She is author of the column, "Medical Humanities 2.0", for The Polyphony, the blog of the Institute for Medical Humanities at Durham University while also running the Current Research in Speculative Fiction Conference. Most recently, she has joined the team of the Fantastika Journal as assistant reviews editor.

    Her research project, “Literature of Monstrosity: Posthumanism and the New Weird”, seeks to establish conceptual and aesthetic connections between Critical Posthumanism and the New Weird through their interactions with postmodernism. One of the most significant of these overlaps is the way both Critical Posthumanism and the New Weird responds to “global weirding”, the current ideological and environmental crisis, by redefining the notion of the Other via anti-humanist postmodernist criticism of normative ideologies. The thesis argues that said crisis is not only traumatic in itself but also a return of a previous primordial trauma, the abjection of the ultimate Other, the animal. Regarding both Critical Posthumanism and the New Weird as trauma narrative, embodied in the figure of the posthuman/monster, yields the question whether New Weird can be understood as posthumanist literature?

  • 02 Feb 2018 12:26 PM | Anonymous

    323, the latest issue of SFRA Review, is now out! It includes an article on gender and sf via handmaids, androids and sex dolls by our New Scholar Grant winner Emily Cox as well as a Feature 101 article by Victor Grech on Manichaeism in Star Trek's Nanotechnology. In addition, inside you'll find reviews of nonfiction, fiction, media, as well as details on the upcoming conference in July and a call for a new SFRA Review editor. 

    Hats off to Chris Pak, who has been a tremendous editor for the past four years, and to whom we all owe so much. 

  • 29 Jan 2018 10:21 AM | Anonymous

    The SFRA is delighted to announce that Dr. Emily Cox is the winner of the Support a New Scholar Award. 

    Congratulations, Dr. Cox! 

    Having completed her doctorate at Brunel University in science fiction literature and continental philosophy, Dr Emily Cox researches sf, gender theory and the work of Giorgio Agamben and Gilles Deleuze. She is particularly interested in applying Agamben’s concepts of inoperativity and bare life to gender theory in sf media and popular culture. Dr Cox also works as Public Relations editor for the journal Femspec, and her article ‘Denuding the Gynoid: The Woman Machine as Bare Life in Alex Garland’s Ex Machina’ is soon to be published in the journal Foundation.

  • 23 Jan 2018 3:05 PM | Anonymous

    The call for papers for SFRA 2018 (Sunday, July 1 - Wednesday, July 4; Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI) is now available! The conference theme is "The Future of Labor." Click "Events" in the menu to see the full CFP; abstracts are due at the end of March.

  • 11 Oct 2017 8:45 PM | Anonymous

    SFRA Grad Student Members: Remember to submit your conference presentation from last summer’s SFRA 2017 conference in Riverside for consideration for the Graduate Student Paper Award. It’s a great opportunity to have your work honored by your sf peers and to build lines for your CV.

    In order to be eligible, all you have to do is send in the paper that you presented as you presented it (no revised or extended versions – other than light editing to correct typos). Please attach all presentations (either in Microsoft Word or PDF format) to an email with the subject line, “SFRA Grad Student Award Submission” and send them to ( The deadline for submission is Wednesday, November 15th.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the chair of the committee, Hugh O’Connell, directly at the above email.

    The committee looks forward to reading your work.

  • 05 Oct 2017 2:44 PM | Anonymous

    Dear SFRA Members,

    As promised, on October 4th, you will be sent a link to a ballot on the proposed revisions to the bylaws. As you may recall, the proposal is to create staggered terms for the executive committee, by ending the current Vice President and Treasurer's terms one year early and thus having elections for those two offices in 2018, elections for President and Secretary in 2019, no elections in 2020 (because the then-current officers would be about to commence their second and third years in office), etc. See the full text of the proposal in the latest Review

    Voting will open on 4 October 2017 and will remain open until November 2

    If this change is approved, the following sections of the bylaws would read thus:

    Article V, section 1: The officers of the association shall be chosen by the membership. There shall be a president, a vice president, a secretary, and a treasurer. They shall take office onJanuary 1 of the year succeeding their election. The terms of office shall be staggered, such that in any given year up to two officers may be newly elected to their positions.

    Article VI, section 1: Elections shall be held for three-year terms. The president and secretary will be elected in 2019 (to serve from January 2020 through December 2022) and every three years thereafter. The vice president and treasurer will be elected in 2018 (to serve from January 2019 through December 2021) and every three years thereafter.

    Article VI, section 3: In each year in which elections are required, the Executive Committee shall establish a time and date by which ballots for the election of officers must be received, which date shall be known as the election date.

    Jenni Halpin
    SFRA Secretary

  • 25 Sep 2017 3:18 PM | Anonymous

    Dear SFRA members,

    Hello from the executive committee! As we discussed at the business meeting in Riverside in July, our original venue for SFRA 2018 fell through and we have been scrambling to find new accommodations for our upcoming annual meeting. We're pleased to announced we now have a home for the SFRA 2018 conference, so mark your calendars: it will take place on the campus of Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, from Sunday, July 1, to Wednesday, July 4.

    In keeping with Milwaukee's long history as a site of labor activism and union struggle, including the famous Bay View Massacre of protestors striking for the eight-hour-workday and the longest Socialist mayoral tenure in US history -- as well as ongoing and increasingly urgent global concerns about the rise of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and autonomous robots --the overarching theme of SFRA 2018 will be "The Future of Labor."The conference will be co-organized locally by Gerry Canavan (Marquette University) and Pete Sands (University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee).

    More details, including a formal call for papers and details on lodging and accommodations, will be forthcoming! Thank you for your patience.


    Keren Omry, Gerry Canavan, Jenni Halpin, and David Higgins

    PS: Please publicize not only this news but the SFRA Support a New Scholar Program for advanced graduate students and non-tenure-track scholars! See the application form here:

    The deadline is October 15, 2017.

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