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First held in 2011, CRSF is an annual postgraduate conference designed to promote the research of speculative fictions including, but not limited to, science fiction, fantasy and horror.

Our aim is to showcase some of the latest developments in this dynamic and evolving field, by providing a platform for the presentation of current research by postgraduates. The conference will also encourage the discussion of this research and the construction of crucial networks with fellow researchers.

Watch this space for upcoming CRSF news.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

CRSF 2019 Schedule

CRSF 2019 is being held at the University of Liverpool on Thursday 6th June, the planned schedule is as follows:

9:00-9:30: Registration and Refreshments

9:30-10:30: Keynote Lecture #1: Nicole Devarenne,
Primitives, Liars and Savages: British New Wave Science Fiction and the End of Empire in Africa

10:30 -12:00: First Round of Panels
1.1: Deconstructing Gender
- Dr Emily Cox-Palmer-White – Posthuman, Post-Woman: Balancing Gender and Infinite Diversity in Star Trek
Mike Ryder – Performance, Gender and the Trouble with Joi
- Jonathan Thornton
Biology, Power and Sexuality in James Tiptree, Jr and Octavia Butler's Insect People

1.2: Non-Western SF and its Traditions
- Lyu Guangzhao – The Boom and The Boom: A Comparative Study of Post-1990s British and Chinese Science Fiction

- Fruzsina Pittner – Taking Charge: African Past, African Futurism

1.3: Metafiction and Storytelling
- Fanny Geuzaine – "I did that once. They made a saga about it" Metafiction and Storytelling in Neil Gaiman's Adaptations and Retellings of Norse Mythology
- Amelha Timoner – ‘Apart from the faint odor of ink that pervaded the scene, it might have been real': Metafiction and Authorship in Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next cycle
- CY Peter  – 'Expose' in James Hogg's The Private Memoir and Confessions of A Justified Sinner

12:00 -12:45: Lunch Break

12:45 -14:15: Second Round of Panels
3.1: SF Visualities
- Rachel Hill – "Saturn, Trembling in the Crystal Lens of the Telescope": Science Fictional Visualities of Outer Space
- Dani Williamson –
- Jaime Babb
– 'To Blaze Forever in a Blazing World': Space, Time, and Hyperspace in Comics

3.2: Anthropocene Narratives
- Eamon Reid -The politics of being-in-multiple-worlds: Watching Elysium (2013) and Snowpiercer (2013) within the 'new climatic regime'
- Filip Boratyn – The Anthropocenic Enchantment in Warren Ellis and Jason Howard's Trees
- Victoria Crozier –
The Potent Environmental Discourse of the Contemporary Science Fiction Narrative

14:15 -14:30: Refreshment Break 

14:30 -16:00: Third Round of Panels
4.1: SF Productions
- Connor Jackson – "I'm tired of low carbs. I'm tired of celery. I'm hungry": Gluttonous Food Consumption in Capcom's Dead Rising Series
- Beata Gubacsi –

- Monica Guerrasio – "To all the monster girls", when power and femininity cannot coexist: a deconstruction of gender in mainstream and independent comic books

4.2: Performing New Worlds
- Vlad B Jecan – Beyond the Robot Replacement: An Experiment in Play and Science Fiction
- Ishita Jain – Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, Glasgow: A Case of Speculative Performative History of Suppression and Liberation

4.3: Non-Human Sentience
- Lucy Nield – "If you listened to the animals you'd understand" How giving Nonhuman Animals a 'human style' voice changes human-animal relationships in Adam Roberts' Bete and Matthew Stokoe's Cows
- Matthew Alexander – Verbalising Violence: A #MeToo And Animal Rights Reading of David Foster Wallace
- Tom Kewin -

16.00 -17.00: Keynote Lecture #2: Dr Paul March-Russell
On the Threshold of Sexual Difference: Re-Gendering the Eerie in Daisy Johnson's Fen

17.00 -17.30: Post-Conference Wine Reception and Official Conference Group Photo

 Also, Eventbrite links for CRSF are here (

Friday, 25 January 2019

Call for Papers: CRSF 2019

CRSF 2019

Thursday 6th June 2019
University of Liverpool

With Keynote Lectures from:

Dr Paul March-Russell (University of Kent)
Dr Nicole Devarenne (University of Dundee

Returning for its ninth year, the Current Research in Speculative Fictions conference is a one-day postgraduate event designed to promote the research of speculative fictions, including Science FictionHorror and Fantasy not only in literature but also in visual and performative arts. Attracting an international selection of delegates, CRSF showcases some of the latest research in these ever-evolving fields, while also providing a platform for postgraduate students to present their current research, engage in discussion with scholars in related subjects and create crucial networks with fellow researchers. The University of Liverpool, a leading centre for the study of speculative fiction and home to the Science Fiction Foundation Collection, will host the conference.

We are seeking abstracts relating to speculative fiction, including, but not limited to, papers on the following topics:
AI narratives •Alternate History •Animal Studies •Anthropocene •Cyber Culture •Death •Disability Ethics •Economics •Fan Culture •Gaming •Genre •Gender •Graphic Novels •Horror •Human and Non-human Sentience •Liminal Fantasy •Metafiction •Memory  •Monstrosity •Otherness •Poetry •Politics •Postcolonialism •Posthumanism •Proto-SF •Psychology •Sexuality Spiritualism •Sublime •Supernatural •Transhumanism •Technology •Time •TV, Film and Theatre •Fantasy •Utopia/Dystopia •Virtuality •New Weird and Weird •Young Adult Fiction

Please submit an abstract of 300 words for a 20 minute English language paper and a 100 word biography to by Friday 31th March 2019.

For further information email the conference team at 
Or visit our website:

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

CRSF 2018: A Retrospective

In June 2018, the eighth annual Current Research in Speculative Fiction conference took place, welcoming approximately 40 delegates and attendees to our new base in the School of Arts Library at the University of Liverpool.

The team decided to kick off CRSF 2018 with an eye to our creative aspirations. Following the success of the PGR workshop, "The Role of the Fantastic", that began CRSF 2017, on the 28th June we held a science fiction creative writing workshop, gathering together 13 aspiring writers and two fantastic authors for lively discussion. The session was led by our two visiting experts, Justina Robson and Tricia Sullivan. Our enthusiastic attendees, representing diverse forms of speculative fiction and unique voices, formed into groups led by Tricia and Justina, and indulged in wide ranging debate, from creative processes and writing styles, to self-confidence and writer’s block. Specific questions concerning individual stumbling blocks were fielded by Tricia and Justina, generously offering person to person guidance with detailed responses and personalised advice.

On 29th June the conference proper began. By 9 am CRSF 2018 was well underway welcoming delegates and attendees from all over the globe to our new base in the School of Arts library. We witnessed a truly exciting variety of first time presenters and returning speakers, delivering exciting papers on topics from gaming and the environment to young adult fiction and horror. The team would like to thank everyone who took part in the conference for their time and hard work, and for their inspiring presentations which continue to equally amaze, motivate and provoke some mild PhD envy in us. CRSF is made possible and truly enjoyable by you and it continues to be a great privilege for us to be host to such an outstandingly friendly and open-minded research community.

Special thanks also to our keynote speakers: Tricia Sullivan, "On Starting Over" and Dr Mark Bould (UWE Bristol) "Science Fiction and the Anthropocene Unconscious", who both gave provoking, insightful and entertaining keynote lectures, as well as attending numerous panels, offering perceptive and enlightening discussion, and entering fully into the spirit of the day. We are also grateful to the participants of the “How to Get Published” panel which was an experimental endeavour, new to CRSF 2018, to support PGRs with useful information and advice as they look into publishing their work: Dr Mark Bould, Dr Chris Pak, Dr Emily Cox, Kerry Dodd and Dr Will Slocombe, we are indebted to you all for your insight and generosity with your time.

Last but not least, we are, as always, deeply appreciative of the University of Liverpool staff who made sure that the process of organising and hosting the conference ran so smoothly. Our gratitude to Andy Sawyer, Foundation collection librarian, for the previous issues of Foundation enriching our conference packs and the wonderful selection of books presented at the event, and Blackwell’s Phillip Larner for joining us again, providing us a great selection of fiction and non-fiction.

As always we welcome your feedback on CRSF 2018, all comments are useful and appreciated. Please leave a comment on this post, or e-mail them to us at 
Please stand by for our next post on CRSF 2019!

Saturday, 23 June 2018

2018 Conference Schedule

CRSF 2018 is being held at the University of Liverpool on Friday 29th June, the planned schedule is as follows:

9:00-9:30: Registration and Refreshments

9:30-10:30: Keynote Lecture #1: Tricia Sullivan,
On Starting Over

10:30 -12:00: First Round of Panels
1.1: Philosophy of Gameplay
- Emily Cox – “Another Settlement Needs Your Help!” Oikonomic Gameplay in Fallout 4
Kerry Dodd – ‘Never to Return’ – Airship Communities and Ritualised Travel
Connor Jackson – Zombies in Video Games, Ludic Satire and Ludonarrative Dissonance

1.2: Overwhelming the Normative
- Felix Kawitzky – The Changeling’s Story: The Fantastic Duplicity of Queer Bodies in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fiction

- Maria Quigley – The Resurrection of the Subversive Zombie Girl in The Girl With All the Gifts
Hannah Spruce – Disrupting the Conflation of Psychopathy and Autism in the MaddAddam Trilogy

1.3: Sociopolitics and Speculative Fictions
- Eamon Reid – Rabble Above, Rabble Below: The Representation of Socioeconomic Class Within the Star Wars Universe
- Victoria Zammit – ‘A World and A Mirror of Worlds’: Fantasy Literature as a Tool to Understanding Reality
- Nicholas Wanberg – Fantasy at the Margins of the Anti-Racist Agenda: A Re-Reading of the Harry Potter Series

12:00 -12:45: Lunch Break 

12:45 -14:15: How to Get Published Panel
 - Foundation
 - Vector
 - Fantastika
 - and more

14:15 -15:45: Third Round of Panels
3.1Embodiment and the Interface
- Chris Pak – The Drill in Science Fiction and Fracking
- Mike Ryder – The Literature of Drones: Ethics and Remote Killing in Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game
- Agata
Waszkiewicz – Mediated Worlds, Mediated Bodies: Between the Player and the Video Interface

3.2Death of the Environment and Cli-Fi
- Andrew Stones -Welcome to the Dystopian Real: Decolonising Climate Fictions
- Ralph Dorey – Bio-Film Assemblages and Ahuman Horror
- Britta Maria Colligs – The Forest as a Voice for Nature: Ecocriticism in Fantasy Literature

15:45 -16:00: Refreshment Break 

16:00 -17:30: Fourth Round of Panels
4.1: SF Productions
- Jemima Cloud – Shaun of the Dead Classy: Production is to Satisfy; Narrative is to Pacify
- Declan Lloyd – Cubist Time Travel in
Chris Marker’s La Jetée
- Zoe Wible – Science Fiction Creatures in Film and the Defamiliarization of Size and Scale

4.2Memory and Narrative Nostalgia
- Taylor Driggers – Escaping (into) the Past? Nostalgia and Radical Theological Imagination in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
- Siravich Kurat – Chained Identity: Memory Manipulation in Chain Memories
- Jamie Cabrera -

4.3: The Posthuman Sensorium
- Eva Dinis – Maria Judite de Carvalho’s Relocation to the Thirdspacekatie
- Katie Stone – Young Demons: Childhood in Science Fiction and its Criticism
- Tom Kewin -

17.30 -18.30: Keynote Lecture #2: Dr Mark Bould
Science Fiction and the Anthropocene Unconscious

18.30 -19.00: Post-Conference Wine Reception and Official Conference Group Photo

 Also, Eventbrite links for CRSF are here (, as well as a second link for a free masterclass hosted by Tricia Sullivan and Justina Robson (