Mechademia: Second Arc, Vol. 14.1 CFP

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Call for Papers
July 1, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Asian History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies

This volume of Mechademia: Second Arc, Vol.14.1, seeks ambitious and insightful essays on what is considered to be current science fiction and/or speculative fiction in a variety of fields (such as novels, manga, anime, cosplay and other performative genres, and drama) that pioneer the new horizons of science fiction in the current context of international literature, film, anime, manga, or art.

We used to know what Science Fiction meant. From its literary antecedents in Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe; to Golden Age authors like Asimov, Heinlein, and Clarke; to the New Wave, Speculative Fiction, and Cyberpunk authors of the 1960s-1980s; the canon of western science fiction is well established in academia. However, the science fiction we used to know came to be gradually metamorphosed into something else in the wake of cyberpunkish techno-orientalism coinciding with the discourses of "Japan as No. 1," "Pax Japonica," and "Cool Japan" in the past four decades. The literary subgenre of Japanese science fiction started with the inauguration of Hayakawa's Science Fiction Magazine  in 1959.

Since then, Japanese science fiction has produced a number of talented writers ranging from the first generation writers Shin'ichi Hoshi, Sakyo Komatsu, Yasutaka Tsutsui to the contemporary writers Hirotaka Tobi, Project Itoh, and Toe Enjoe. Deeply influenced by western science fiction, they published not only hardcore science fiction, but also avant-garde speculative fiction. Some received not only science fiction awards, but also prestigious awards in mainstream literature. Many of their major works have been translated into English and even made into films, anime, or dramas. In the 21st century, the rise of the multiple award-winning Chinese American author Ted Chang and his Stories of Your Life, as well as Chinese science fictionist author Cixin Liu and his game-changing The Three-Body Problem  trilogy -- arising in the age of digital humanities, helped us to question not only the science fictional Asia, but also Transpacific science fiction and world literature. 

Yes indeed, the 21st century has truly initiated us into the age of transnational science fiction!

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Asian influences in the contemporary age of SF
  • International SF histories and/or cultures
  • International SF genre or narratives
  • Contemporary SF theoretical aspects
  • Flows of SF in the contemporary age
  • Adaptations of SF masterpieces
  • Novelizations of SF films
  • De-canonization and/or Re-canonization of SF history
  • Decolonization of SF narratives

Deadline for submissions: July 1, 2020

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Submissions: 5,000-7,000 words including citations in Chicago Style, 17th ed. in Bibliographic Endnote form with no notes or CFs; in Word only, no PDFs. Figures are limited to 8 images and/or tables, at least 300DPI and in either TIFF or JPG formats, submitted in a separate file and not embedded in the text, with captions submitted on separate Word document. Permissions are the responsibility of the author.

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