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September 22, 2017 to September 24, 2017
Minnesota, United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Japanese History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies

"Science Fictions"

Keynote Speakers: Tatsumi Takayuki + Kotani Mari

Science fiction gives us free rein to imagine a different world, giving us insight into what in our own world has become naturalized and allowing us the space to question the potentials of technologically enhanced futures. The questions provoked by science fiction strategies and forms often provide insights to imagine our world in a different light. Science fiction has always been central to the popular culture globally, but particularly in Japan. It is the key narrative form found in anime, manga, gaming,  and fan works. We encourage papers that analyze science fiction tactics, themes, and narratives regarding the way the geo-political, geo-economic climatic situation has been reflected, criticized, and made hypothetical through futuristic utopian/dystopian narratives in anime, manga, design, illustration, literature, film, and gaming. Topics may include but are not limited to the following areas:

* Transnational science fiction forms

* Gender, feminist, or queer SF

* Fan fictions, or other fan works

* Anthropocene or anthropocide as posited in SF

* Early responses to climate change 

* Techno-orientalism as a problematic subtext in SF forms

* Fashion and cosplay 

Tatsumi Takayuki is a Professor at Keio University where he teaches literary theory and American literature. He is one of Japan’s leading cultural critics, renowned for his work on American literature and culture, but especially science fiction. 

Kotani Mari is a Japanese science fiction critic, best known in the West for her work, Techno-Gynesis: The Political Unconscious of Feminist Science Fiction, which won the 15th Nihon SF Taisho Award. She is now the chair of the Japan PEN Women Writers Committee and a member of the Science Fiction Writers of Japan.

This conference invites scholars, fans, and creators to consider the situation and respond with presentations as we expand the discursive field against the vast mediated (dis)information found on the web. We welcome both in-person presentations at the conference as well as remote presentations via Zoom (much like Skype) for those unable to make it to Minneapolis. 

Teachers: We also have an “Emerging Scholars Panel” for your advanced undergraduate students to participate in during this event. They can also register at the same site.


Please send 250 word proposals to by September 1, 2017. In your email memo field, state: mechademia_2017_submission



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