CFP: (Un)Ethical Futures

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(Un)Ethical Futures:
Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction
Edited by Andrew Milner, Zachary Kendal,
Aisling Smith and Giulia Champion
Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2018
The editors invite contributions for an edited essay collection, provisionally titled (Un)Ethical
Futures: Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction. The collection will adopt a global, comparative
approach and the editors encourage submissions examining both Anglophone and non-
Anglophone literature, film, television and other media.
We are interested in submissions that explore the ethical dimensions of utopia, dystopia and
science fiction (sf). This focus on ethics allows for a range of topics, including environmental ethics
and climate change, human bioethics, animal ethics, ethical use of technology, ethics of alterity
and otherness, and related issues of social justice. We welcome submissions that bring these
ethical considerations into dialogue with speculative fictions across different genres and modes,
from sf about the near or distant future, to alternative histories about better or worse presents,
to stories about utopian or dystopian societies. Possible areas of engagement include, but are not
limited to:
• Environmental ethics in speculative climate fiction (“cli-fi”)
• The treatment or representation of animals, artificial intelligence, aliens or other
posthuman or non-human entities in utopia, dystopia and sf
• Utopian and dystopian dimensions of Indigenous literatures and traditions
• Postcolonial and critical race theory studies of utopia, dystopia and sf
• The ethics of alterity and ethical responses to otherness in speculative fiction
• Politics, activism, social justice and ethics in sf and its fan communities
• Bioethical issues in sf, including biopunk and cyberpunk subgenres
• Feminist and queer theory engagement with utopia, dystopia and sf
• Philosophy, ethics and the utopian impulse
Submissions should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words. Referencing should adhere to Chicago
Manual of Style 16th edition with endnotes and bibliography.
Full chapter submissions are due by 30 April 2018, although interested contributors are
encouraged to send 300–400 word abstracts to the editors by 1 March 2018, if they would like
their topic reviewed for suitability for the scope of the collection.
The following information should accompany all submissions:
• Author’s title, name, affiliation and position
• A curriculum vitae and a brief biography (up to 100 words)
• An abstract (up to 150 words) and up to ten keywords
• Permissions for any images used
• Copies of any relevant ethics clearances and disclosure of funding
• An acknowledgement that the work has not been previously published and is not under
simultaneous consideration elsewhere
Please direct all submissions and enquiries to

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