Sunday, May 13, 2012

CFP Reminder: Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space: The Fantastika and the Classical World

Apologies for cross-posting.  Please distribute to anyone who might be interested.

Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space: The Fantastika and the Classical World.  A Science Fiction Foundation Conference

29 June – 1 July 2013

At The Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool 
Guests of Honour/Plenary Speakers: Edith Hall, Nick Lowe, and Catherynne M. Valente
Call for papers
The culture of the Classical world continues to shape that of the modern West.  Those studying the Fan­tastika (science fiction, fantasy and horror) know that the genres have some of their strongest roots in the literature of the Graeco-Romanworld (Homer’s Odyssey, Lucian’s True History).  At the same time, scholars of Classical Reception are increasingly investigating all aspects of popular culture, and have be­gun looking at science fiction.  However, scholars of the one are not often enough in contact with scholars of the other.  This conference aims to bridge the divide, and provide a forum in which sf and Classical Reception scholars can meet and exchange ideas. 
We invite proposals for papers (20 minutes plus discussion) or themed panels of three or four papers from a wide range of disciplines (including Science Fiction, Classical Reception and Literature), from aca­demics, students, fans, and anyone else interested, on any aspect of the interaction between the Classi­cal world of Greece and Rome (including post-Roman Britain and the Byzantine empire) and science fiction, fantasy and horror. We are looking for papers on Classical elements in modern (post-1800) examples of the Fantastika, and on science fictional or fantas­tic elements in Classical literature.  We are particularly interested in papers addressing literary science fiction or fantasy, where we feel investigations of the interaction with the ancient world are relatively rare.  But we also welcome papers on film, television, radio, comics, games, or fan culture. 
Please send proposals to, to arrive by 30 September 2012.  Paper pro­posals should be no more than 300 words. Themed panels should also include an introduction to the panel, of no more than 300 words.  Please include the name of the author/panel convener, and contact details.
Any enquires should be sent to the e-mail address above.
Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space is organised by the Science Fiction Foundation, with the co-operation of the School ofArchaeology, Classics and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool.
Tony Keen
Chair, 2013 Science Fiction Foundation Conference
Conference Official Twitter Feed!/SFFConf2013
The Chair of conference being interviewed about the conference:


Martin McCallion said...

Hi Tony, there's something wrong with your links. They're all going to an Outlook Web Access site at the OU, under this address:

Tony Keen said...

Thanks martin - a curse on redirects!