The CSFF will be running a one-day conference on Saturday 12 September: ‘Walls and Barriers: Science Fiction in the age of Brexit’
Walls and barriers of different kinds loom large in today’s world – and in much recent science fiction. Dave Hutchinson’s Fractured Europe Sequence presents us with an alternative version of Europe split into hundreds of new states with carefully policed boundaries. In Leila, Prayaag Akbar creates a near-future Indian town where physical walls separate divided communities. And several writers – John Lanchester in The Wall and Regine Bott in The Shelter for example – have used Brexit as the springboard for dystopian visions of the future. What strategies do such texts use to make us think about issues such as climate change and the refugee crisis? What can we learn about the present from these visions of the future?
Please send proposals (roughly 200 words) for 20-minute papers on any aspect of these themes to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 March 2020.