CRSF is about bringing together the most cu

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.

The CRSF Team

CRSF 2017 Team


Beata Gubacsi is a PhD candidate at the University of Liverpool, working on her thesis, Literature of Monstrosity: Posthumanism and Authorship. The project seeks to revisit the humanist notion of authorship in terms of posthumanism through metafictional New Weird texts, focusing on the recurring theme of hybridity. She has been involved in Bluecoat’s science fiction projects as part of her LiNK placement, and co-hosting workshops at the Being Human Festival.

Laura Borden is a doctoral student at the University of Liverpool currently pursuing research into social engagement, commentary and criticism in the novels of Kurt Vonnegut. She also has an MA in English by Directed Research, for which she completed a research project on the works of Hunter S. Thompson in the context of the New Journalism, and a BA in English Language and Literature, both from the University of Liverpool.

Matthew McCall is a PhD candidate in Medieval Literature at the University of Liverpool. He has previously presented on the horrific and the monstrous in Medieval poetry at CRSF and is currently working on the relationship between Cosmic Horror and Medieval Christianity. He is also responsible for co-curating an exhibition of the artwork of John Higgins at the Victoria Gallery and Museum, 'Beyond Watchmen: The Fantastic Worlds of John Higgins'.

Tom Kewin is a second-year doctoral student researching into speculative fiction in the Department of English at the University of Liverpool. Tom is currently embarking on a research project which concerns posthumanism and the different ways in which it can be constructed and understood, and has worked extensively with the Widening Participation programme within the University of Liverpool to lead workshops on his research to schoolchildren of various ages, alongside working on the poster display and running workshops for the Being Human Festival 2015 and 2016.

CRSF Executive Committee
Glyn Morgan
Leimar Garcia-Siino
Molly Cobb
Chris Pak

Past CRSF Team Members
Dr. Aidan-Paul Canavan (2011-12)
Dr. Clare Parody (2011)
Dr. David McWilliam (2012)
Dr. Michelle Yost (2012-15)