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Call for Papers: Sinofuturism and Chinese Science Fiction
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Contact Virginia L. Conn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

This CFPs is forwarded by Virginia Conn, a Ph.D. candidate in the Comparative Literature Program at Rutgers University. Her contact info is listed below.

SFRA ((Science Fiction Research Association)) Review

CFP for a Symposium on Sinofuturisms and Chinese Science Fiction

Following the January 2020 all-digital (prescient!) Alternative Sinofuturism(s) conference in Beijing, scholars from around the world began to preliminarily hash out models and methods for engaging with sinofuturist and techno-Orientalist concepts of “the future.” As a temporo-spatial projection of alterity, sinofuturist visions are notable for projecting an imagined China into and onto a different place and different time, outside the boundaries of an equally imaginary West. Uniquely suited to imagining future possibilities, science fiction in, of, and about China plays a unique role in these futurist visions: either as complicit descriptor of a coming racialized peril, or as a localized repositioning of global power dynamics.

For its 2020 Spring/Summer issue to be released in August, SFRA Review seeks papers building on the Alternative Sinofuturism(s) conference for a symposium examining science fiction and China’s future(s). We are interested in all papers that engage with the following:

  • SF focusing on “China,” broadly conceived, by Chinese, Sinophone, Chinese-American, or other authors of the Chinese diaspora
  • SF focusing on “China,” broadly conceived, by non-native authors
  • The role of SF as an actionable blueprint in creating future societies
  • The concept of China’s real-world development as somehow “science fictional”
  • The recent rise of increased interest in Chinese SF production in the West
  • The role of translation and the translator in Chinese SF being consumed by a non-Chinese-speaking audience, alongside the translation of non-Chinese materials into a Chinese market

Papers should be written using the MLA 8th edition style guide (in-text citations, works cited at the end) and should be 2,000-3,000 words in length. Please submit papers to Associate Editor Virginia L. Conn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by June 20th, 2020. If you have any questions about topics and fit, please address emails to Virginia.