Diversity in Speculative Fiction

Loncon 3: Call for Papers

72nd World Science Fiction Convention

Thursday 14 to Monday 18 August 2014

London, UK


Guests of Honour:

Iain M. Banks, John Clute, Malcolm Edwards, Chris Foss, Jeanne Gomoll, Robin Hobb, Bryan Talbot

The academic programme at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, is offering the opportunity for academics from across the globe to share their ideas with their peers and other convention attendees. To reflect the history and population of London, the host city, the theme of the academic programme is “Diversity”. We will be exploring science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all forms of speculative fiction, whether in novels, comics, television, and movies or in fanworks, art, radio plays, games, advertising, and music.

Proposals are particularly welcome on the works of the Guests of Honour, the city of London as a location and/or fantastic space, and under-represented areas of research in speculative fiction. Examples of these may include, but are not limited to:

Academics at all levels are warmly encouraged, including students and independent scholars.

We welcome proposals for presentations, roundtable discussions, lectures, and workshops/masterclasses.

The deadline for submission is 31 December 2013. Participants will be notified by 1 February 2014. All presenters must have acquired convention membership by 1 May 2014. Abstracts will be included in the Academic Programme Book, which will be available to download from the Loncon website. It is anticipated that an edited volume showcasing the variety of topics presented will be published.

To propose a paper, please submit a 300 word abstract to Emma England, the academic programme area head. To submit something other than a paper, please contact her first for an informal exchange of ideas.

In addition to the main CfP there are CfPs for specific sessions:

Emma England