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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.

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:

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