Call For Papers 2022


Current Research in Speculative Fiction 2022

11th Annual Conference

30th June – 1st July 2022, University of Liverpool –

“Always treat language like a dangerous toy.” (Ansel Hollo)


Dr. Christy Tidwell (South Dakota School of Mines & Technology)

Dr. Jalondra A Davies (Writer and Scholar)

WORKSHOP: Sell Your Stories: Writing and Submitting SFF Short Fiction.

Dr Phoenix Alexander (University of Liverpool)

ONLINE ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS including special guests:

Adrian Tchaikovsky (2016 Arthur C. Clarke Award Winner; Children of Time, Upcoming: Ogres, 2022)

Professor Adam Roberts (2012 BSFA Winner; Jack Glass. Recent: Purgatory Mount, 2021)

Laura Jean McKay (2021 Arthur C. Clarke Award Winner; The Animals in That Country 2020)

Sue Burke (SFFWorld: Best of the decade list 2011-2020; Semiosis 2018 and Interference 2019)

Vandana Singh (Philip K Dick Award Finalist: Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories 2018)

Aliya Whiteley (Arthur C Clark finalist: Loosening Skin 2018, The Beauty 2014, Skyward Inn 2021)

Chana Porter (Playwrite and Author: The Seep, Leap and the Net will Appear)

I’ve a lot of respect for Mother Nature. I worked a farm for two decades, and feel I know her well. And one of her finest and noblest and redeemingest features is – she doesn’t fucking Speak.” (Adam Roberts, Bete)

“What the hell are they supposed to use man? Harsh Language?” (Alien, 1979)

Speculative Fiction often serves as an escape from reality and its social, economic and corporeal restrictions. Yet these fictions are also embedded within and reflections upon our reality: often these speculative realms have the power to tell us more about our past, our present and our future than more conventional accounts of history, society and culture. For CRSF’s 11th year, this event seeks to generate interdisciplinary discussions of communication within speculative fiction, breaching boundaries of communication and how forms of communication and kinship manifest themselves within textual and visual cultures in the present-day.

We welcome papers for the fields of literary studies, media studies, philosophy, arts, anthropology, sociology, and political theory that speak to, but are not limited to:

  • Uplift Fictions and their consequences
  • Speculative technological communication
  • The notion of communication and its representation in (post)apocalyptic speculative visions
  • The role of speculative fictions in socio-cultural and political critique
  • The body and its transformations (the racialised & gendered body; the queer body; the posthuman body)
  • Interrelationships between power, fantasy, actors, action, forms, and reality
  • Speculative fiction as a political vehicle of social transformation
  • Forms of alternative kinship made possible (or restricted) in speculative fiction
  • Representations of waste (including but not limited to nuclear waste; bodily matter; humans as waste; natural resources)
  • Recognising yourself in the other
  • The representations of communication regarding Artificial or Augmented intelligence / Robotics / Extra-terrestrial life
  • Breaching boundaries in Speculative Fiction (language or otherwise)

We welcome proposals for academic and artistic contributions that speak to any of the issues.

Abstracts (max. 300 words) and a short biographical note (max. 100 words) should be submitted to by Midday, Friday the 1st April 2022.

All queries can be directed to the above email address (or DM on Twitter @CRSFteam).