Call For Papers: Dystopia Now

Friday 26th May 2017

9am-6pm

Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square

Keynote Addresses: Professor Mark Bould (UWE), Dr Caroline Edwards (Birkbeck)

The Centre for Contemporary Literature invites proposals for a one-day symposium on Dystopia Now.

In an era of global turbulence, what pertinence do fictional dystopias have? Is dystopia a key genre for our time? Does it seem more vital than utopia? What key dystopian narratives are being produced now? What can we learn from rereading dystopias of the past in the light of the present?

Please send proposals of c.200 words, for 20-minute papers, to Dr Joseph Brooker (j.brooker@bbk.ac.uk) by Monday 10th April. (For ease of reference please write 'Dystopia Now' in the subject line of your email.) Any further inquiries can be directed to the same email address.

Relevant topics could include:

* Science Fiction & Dystopia

* Dystopia in other Fantastic Genres

* Can Realism be Dystopian?

* Where is Utopia now?

* Gender and Dystopia

* Visions of Climate Change and Eco-Apocalypse

* Film and Visual Narratives

* Rereading classic Dystopias in the present

* How Dystopian is Now?

 

 

Dystopian Escalators

Image by Lachlan Hardy, used under a CC BY 2.0 licence.

Author: CCL

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