‘The stars look very different today’: Migration and Exile in Science Fiction
June 12th 2021
To mark Refugee Week and World Refugee Day, the Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy and New Routes Old Roots: Art, Migration & Exile at Anglia Ruskin will hold a colloquium on depictions of exile and migration in science fiction. Some writers imagine future humans displaced by new versions of familiar threats such as war, persecution and environmental disaster. Others create new sources of danger – and new places of refuge – beyond the confines of Earth. Questions and topics to consider could include:
- Displacement and migration in climate change fiction
- Alien invaders and exiles
- Political exile in dystopian science fiction
- Altered narratives of migration in alternate histories
Dr Helen Marshall will give the keynote. Dr Marshall is a Senior Lecturer of Creative Writing at the University of Queensland. Her debut novel The Migration was released in 2019 and was one of The Guardian’s top science fiction books of the year. It was shortlisted for two British Fantasy Awards as well as the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic.
If you would like to participate in this event please send a CV and 200-word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, April 19, 2021. The conference will be hosted on MS Teams; there will be opportunities to submit pre-recorded talks and papers to be pre-circulated as well as to offer live presentations. We also welcome creative responses to the questions and topics to be discussed.
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This event is kindly supported by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge