Call for Papers: Academic Track at the 76th World Science Fiction Convention

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Science fiction always plays a part in recreating our world and directing civilization's progress. While much SF takes place in a hypothetical "future," the entire body of speculative literature influences and interacts with our world—suggesting potentialities, solutions, organizational methods, alternative cultures, and paths to follow or avoid. In that spirit, the 76th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) in San José, California has chosen "Make the Future" for its overarching theme.

The Academic Track Committee welcomes proposals for scholarly presentations, especially those that study content tied to our "Make the Future" convention theme, such as the following examples:

  • Any and all utopian or futurist novels, short stories, comic books, or other media
  • Classic SF works that changed the direction of their era
  • Dystopian novels, comic books, and other media that portray catastrophic scenarios to prevent them from happening in reality (1984, The Handmaid's Tale, The Water Knife, Bitch Planet, etc.)
  • SF groups as progressive communities ("slan shacks," writers' colonies, online communities, etc.)
  • Ties between SF literature and socio-political movements
  • Ties between maker culture and science fiction, including DIY art and music, steampunk, deiselpunk, and any other design aesthetics 
  • Major movements in the SF genre's history
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The Worldcon 76 Program Needs You!

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Are you interested in being a Program Participant?  Have a great idea for a Program Item?  Then what are you waiting for?!  Both can be submitted using our handy form here on the website.  If you are submitting a Program Item and want to be on the item, please make sure to give us your name, as the form does not automatically capture that info.
 

You can make panel and topic suggestions through our Program Item Submission Form

You can make program participant suggestions (including yourself) through our Program Participant Suggestion Form

 (And don't forget we're always looking for more staff and volunteers.. check out our Volunteer Page!

 

 

 

(PS: remember all program participants and volunteers have to be members of Worldcon 76. If you haven't yet, start your registration today by making a down payment on an attending membership!

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