CFP: Academic Track of the Worldcon 75

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Call for Papers for
Academic Track at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention:
“100 Years of Estrangement”

When? 9–13 August, 2017
Where? Messukeskus, the Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre, Helsinki, Finland
Theme? Estrangement, or defamiliarization (ostranenie). 

Worldcon 75 Academic Track calls for proposals for scholarly presentations from any academic discipline to examine, interrogate, and expand research related to the concept of estrangement, to related terms such as cognitive estrangement, the uncanny, the unnatural, Brecht’s Verfremdungseffekt or Derrida’s différance, and to their role in the analysis of speculative fiction in any medium. We hope for a broad, interdisciplinary discussion on the many ways in which estrangement or defamiliarization relates to the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror, and on how those genres form a particularly fertile ground for extending our understanding of how the familiar is made new, or the strange comprehensible.

Please remember that proposals on all other topics to do with speculative fiction are also welcome.

How to attend? Submit max. 500-word abstract, outlining your argument and the grounding of your scholarly approach and a max. 100-word description of your academic affiliation(s) and publications (i.e. a ‘bio note’).

Deadline?  October 31st, 2016.
To whom to send? e-mail attachments (Word or PDF) to merja.polvinen(at)worldcon.fi.

For more detailed information, please check out our website: http://finfar.org/479-2/.

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