Enviro-Sci-Fi Call for papers

Chekc out this call for papers to present at a conference in Arizona in June.  If anybody is interested in putting together a paper or just interested in knowing what the process entails, I’d be very happy to talk about it and encourage you along the way.  Conferences are really fun, and papers are only about 8 pages maximum, so they’re often not expected to be tight and expert; indeed, they’re often initial forays into new ideas, and the point of conferencing papers is to get feedback to develop an inchoate idea. 

Note the focus on “the unique contribution of sci-fi to environmental thinking”!  This is precisely what we’ve been asking in class: what does the genre of sci fi add to our understanding of environmental problems?  What does it do that other genres or forms don’t? 

Just thought you’d be interested to see what kinds of discussions are going on “out there” within which our class discussions are situated.


The Science Fiction Research Association’s 2010 Annual Conference

Carefree, Arizona

June 24th, 2010-June 27th, 2010

Environmental Science Fiction

Proposals are invited for presentations that explore science fiction through the lens of ecocritical studies. There is no shortage of science fiction writers whose works demand analysis using the tools of ecocriticism that have emerged over the last two decades. The purpose of this panel is to highlight science fiction’s unique contribution to environmental thinking, and hopefully to work toward a deeper and much-needed understanding of the genre as “an environmental literature par excellence” (Gough).

Please submit 300-word paper proposals by April 12th, 2010 to eotto@fgcu.edu. See http://sfra2010.ning.com for more information about the conference.

Eric Otto, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd. S.
Fort Myers, FL 33965

phone: (239) 590-7250
email: eotto@fgcu.edu

“This living flowing land / is all there is, forever”–Gary Snyder


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