CFP: "Science Fiction and Communism," American University in Bulgaria

CFP: "Science Fiction and Communism"
When:  May 26 - 27, 2018
Where:  American University in Bulgaria (Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria) Abstract deadline: February 23, 2018 Acceptance responses will be send out by March 9, 2018

The American University in Bulgaria, in collaboration with Sofia University, is pleased to announce a call for papers for its first conference on "Science Fiction and Communism". This conference seeks to explore the complex relationship between the communist regime of the past century and science fiction. It also aims to address the cultural, historical, and political contexts of "communist" SF and "communism in SF".

They encourage interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives including, but not limited to the following subjects:

History of communist/socialist science fiction;  Science fiction as a socio-political commentary;  Utopian versus dystopian narratives in the context of the Cold War;  Comparisons between the "Eastern" and "Western" science fiction visions of "the future"; Flows of science fiction images, texts and ideas across the Iron curtain; Visual megatexts of the future, new technologies and the new man; Correlations between communist science fiction and the communist modernization project as an alternative to capitalist modernity.

In addition to individual paper submissions, they especially encourage abstracts for thematic panels and round  table proposals. Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) must include an abstract, contact information, and a short CV for each presenter.

Abstract proposals of up to 500 words and short CVs are due by Friday, February 23, 2018 emailed to Yulia Pechanova at  yulia@aubg.edu.

They can offer free accommodation to a limited number of guests, please specify should you want to be considered. Otherwise they can assist with local accommodation in small hotels for about 25 USD/night.  Participants are responsible for their own traveling arrangements.

There is no registration fee for this conference.

Contact info:
All inquiries can be directed to Yulia Pechanova at  yulia@aubg.edu.

More information can be found at: https://www.aubg.edu/science-fiction-and-communism-conference