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CRSF is a 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, 2 November 2017

CRSF 2017: A Retrospective

After a tumultuous summer peppered with international conferences, and attempts to get the work-life balance right, the CRSF team is back to work on the preparations of the next conference. Before sharing news of CRFS 2018, we’d like to recap, and share our experience with CRFS 2017.

CRSF was breaking its own records in 2016 with 56 delegates in total, due in no small part to CRSF’s steady growth throughout its previous years, the amazing organising team in Glyn, Leimar, Molly and Chris, as well as the excellent Science Fiction Research Association [SFRA] conference hosted by the University Liverpool.

On 9th June 2017, CRSF returned for the seventh time with a new team eager to continue the success of the previous years. However, we made a few mistakes that we will work on next year, we managed to keep the numbers very close to the previous year’s conference, with 52 delegates in total from across Europe and further afield. We witnessed truly exciting research from first time presenters and returning speakers alike, delivering on a plethora of topics from video game theory, metafictions, queer theory, and Weird ontologies. We’d like to thank everyone who took part in the conference for their inspiring papers which continue to open new horizons for fellow researchers, and for every hit and tweet that help us to grow on our social media forums as well. This conference could never be what it is without the support and encouragement of our peers, which not only create a vibrant and exciting research community, but allow us to continue hosting a conference for such welcoming, diverse researchers.

Special thanks to our keynote speakers: Dr Bernice Murphy (Trinity College Dublin) and Dr Robert Maslen (University of Glasgow) who not only gave insightful and entertaining keynote lectures but also lead an AHRC funded DTP event, The Role of the Fantastic, on 8 June, teaming up with Dr Brian Baker (University of Lancaster) and Dr Will Slocombe (University of Liverpool).

Last but not least, we’d like to thank the University of Liverpool staff who made sure that the process of organising and hosting the conference ran so smoothly: the Rendall Building staff, and Filomena Saltao, the Administrator of the School of the Arts, and Elizabeth Farrar. Thanks also to Andy Sawyer, academic librarian for the Science Fiction Foundation collection at the University of Liverpool's Sydney Jones Library, for once again arranging for all delegates to receive free copies of Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction. Big thanks to Blackwell’s and Grace Edwards for setting up a stall providing books, carefully tailored for the conference, and as always, thanks to the staff at Il Forno, who hosted our delegates as our traditional restaurant of choice.

As always we welcome your feedback on CRSF 2017, all comments are useful and appreciated. Please leave a comment on this post, or e-mail them to us at crsf.team@gmail.com.

Please stand by for our next post on CRSF 2018!


CRSF team

Friday, 2 June 2017

Rethinking the Contemporary: The Role of the Fantastic

With less than a week to go until CRSF 2017, we're hoping those papers are coming along well!
In other news, we've got information about a free masterclass running alongside CRSF 2017 (also hosted by the University of Liverpool) that explores the 'fantastic', whether conceived as gothic, SF, fantasy, or horror. Booking information below: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rethinking-the-contemporary-…
Lastly, anyone still interested in registering for CRSF 2017 can find registration details here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/crsf-2017-current-research-i…

Saturday, 13 May 2017

2017 Conference Schedule


CRSF 2017 is being held at the University of Liverpool on Friday 9th June, the planned schedule is as follows:

9:00-9:30: Registration and Refreshments

9:30-10:30: Keynote Lecture #1: Dr Bernice Murphy,
American Apocalypse: Plague Narratives, Popular Culture and White Anxiety in the Age of Donald Trump

10:30 -12:00: First Round of Panels
1.1: Body and Power
- Claudine Bollinger - Reading Bodies, Reading Minds: Enhanced Cognition in Anne Leckie’s Ancillary Justice
- Alex Parker - Slave-Mentality and the Violence of Coercion in Octavia Butler’s Dawn and Adulthood Rites
- Danielle Girard - Fanning the Queer: Slash Spock

1.2: Biopolitics
- Emily Cox – More Machine than Woman? Bare Life and the ‘Naked’ Gynoid in Alex Garland’s Ex Machina
- Meghann Hillier-Broadley – “Part of its appeal lay all too clearly in the fact that this was an environment built, not for man, but for man’s absence”: Brutalistic atavism in J. G. Ballard’s High Rise.
-
Sandra Mänty - Place and Space for Animals in a magic-infused World - the case of  Fantastic Beasts and Where to find Them

1.3: Freaks and the Monstrous
- Dr Sarah Cleary - The Mythos of Slender Man
- Maria Quigley - Little Zombie Girls

12:00 -12:45: Lunch Break 


12:45 -14:15: Second Round of Panels
2.1: Adolescent Narratives
- Alison Baker - Alison Baker: Harry Potter: The Hero’s Journey or Radicalised Youth?
- Meriem Rayen Lamara - ‘Old tales told Anew’: Intertextuality and Retellings in Contemporary Young Adult Fiction
- Rachel Fennell -
Four and Twenty Naughty Boys Baked in a Pie: The Song of the Rat Cook and other Cannibal Fairy Tales for Children

2.2: SF and Cultural Productions
- Ian Farnell - Theatre, Science Fiction and Nick Payne’s Elegy
- Raphael Kabo – The Snow and the Zone: Creating communitas on the thresholds of SF cinema
- Jaime Oliveros Garcia -
Connecting Cognitive Narratology and Ergodism: Gods will be Watching, the last Chapter

2.3: Metafiction and Authorship
- Ashley Gordon - Blinded by the Light: Blind Brain Theory and Inhuman Authorship in Peter Watts’ Blindsight and Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora
- Päivi Väätänen - “Engage Second-Person Present” Metafictional Challenges to Readers in “The Magical Negro” by Nnedi Okorafor and “The Venus Effect”
- Fanny Geuzaine - The Devouring Mouth: Challenging Immortality in Neil Gaiman’s Short Stories

14:15 -15:45: Third Round of Panels
3.1Spatial and Temporal Boundaries
- Miriam Elin - Rebuilding a Nation: Welsh-language Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
- Thomas Connolly - History for Life: Nietzsche and the many histories of London’s The Star Rover, Doyle’s The Lost World and Gilman’s Herland
- Kerry Dodd - The Archaeological Weird – Articulating Exhumed Horrors and Inexplicable Ancientness

3.2Soundscapes and Landscapes
- Jemima Cloud - 28 Days Later, 28 Years Behind: How music reflects the surprisingly conservative ideology of family in 28 Days Later
- Anya Hancock - ‘The nicely managed crescendo’: Soundscapes of horror in BBC adaptations of M.R. James’ ghost stories and Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man (1973).
- Declan Lloyd - J. G. Ballard and the Great Lost Salvador Dali Ad-campaign

15:45 -16:00: Refreshment Break 

16:00 -17:30: Fourth Round of Panels
4.1: Unsustainable Futures
- Sarah Lohmann - The Coming Races: Self-Defeating Eugenics in Late-19th-Century Utopian Literature
- Asami Nakamura -
The Sexual Politics of Memory in Katherine Burdekin’s Swastika Night  
- Mike Ryder - ‘Future Soldiers’: the Soldier, the Citizen and the State

4.2Creation through Destruction
- Fanni Petrák - Homo Craker
- Michael Power - ‘He Has Taken His Revenge: The Posthuman Subject as a Consequence of Vengeance’.

4.3: Volatile Subjects
- Jaime Wright - Exploring Science and Religion through Speculative Fiction: ‘God is a Cluster of Neurons’ and Other Failed Propositions by the Scientist Crake
- Claire Quigley - Mushroom Morphology: Examining Transformative Properties of Fungus in Weird Fiction
- Daniel Panka – The Exhilaration of the Gaze in Dave Egger’s The Circle

17.30 -18.30: Keynote Lecture #2: Dr Robert Maslan
The Politics of Celtic Fantasy

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


For registration at CRSF 2017, see the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/crsf-2017-current-research-in-speculative-fictions-conference-tickets-34362214308


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Call for Papers: CRSF 2017

CRSF 2017

Friday 9th June 2017

With Keynote Lectures from:

Dr Bernice Murphy (Trinity College Dublin)
and
Dr Robert Maslen (University of Glasgow)

Returning for its seventh year, the Current Research in Speculative Fictions conference is a one day postgraduate event designed to promote the research of speculative fictions, including Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy. 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:

•Alternate History •Alternative Culture •Animal Studies •Anime • Anthropocene •Apocalypse •Body Horror •Consciousness •Cyber Culture •Disability •Drama •Eco-criticism •Fan Culture •Gaming •(Geo)Politics •Genre •Gender •Graphic Novels •The Grotesque •The Heroic Tradition •Liminal Fantasy •Magic •Metafiction •Memory •Morality •Monstrosity •Music •Non-Anglo-American SF •Otherness •Poetry •Politics •Post-Colonialism and Empire •Posthumanism •Proto-SF •Psychology •Quests •Realism •Sexuality •Slipstream •Spiritualism •Steampunk •Supernatural •Technology •Time •TV and Film •Urban Fantasy •Utopia/Dystopia •(Virtual) Spaces and Environments and Landscapes •Weird Fiction •World Building •Young Adult Fiction.

Please submit an abstract of 300 words for a 20 minute English language paper and a 100 word biography to 
CRSF.team@gmail.com by Friday 31th March 2017.

For further information email the conference team at
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