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CHANGING THE CLIMATE: UTOPIA, DYSTOPIA AND CATASTROPHE

The Fourth Australian Conference on Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction

CALL FOR PAPERS

30th August – 1st September 2010
Monash University Conference Centre
30 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia

A conference organised by the Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Monash University

WEBSITE: http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/cclcs/conferences/utopias/4/index.php

In December 2001 the University of Tasmania hosted a successful conference around the theme of Antipodean Utopias. In December 2005, Monash University hosted a second conference, around that of Imagining the Future, to mark the long-awaited publication of Fredric Jameson’s book Archaeologies of the Future. A third conference, Demanding the Impossible, followed in December 2007, again at Monash. Despite the apparent optimism of all three conference themes, dystopia remained a recurrent preoccupation in their discussions. This fourth conference will directly address the questions of dystopia and catastrophe with special reference to a problem that increasingly haunts our imaginings of the future, that of actual or possible environmental catastrophe. As Jameson himself wrote in The Seeds of Time: ‘It seems … easier for us today to imagine the thoroughgoing deterioration of the earth and of
nature than the breakdown of late capitalism; perhaps that is due to some weakness in our imaginations’.Hopefully, this conference will play some small part in changing that particular climate of opinion.

The conference invites papers from scholars, writers and others interested in the interplay between ecology and ecocriticism, utopia, dystopia and science fiction.

OPENING ADDRESS

The opening address will be given by Kate Rigby, Founding President of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, Australia-New Zealand, and author of Topographies of the Sacred: The Poetics of Place in European Romanticism (2004).

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

John Clute
Science fiction writer, Director of the Department of Story Future in the Centre for the Future at Slavonice and co-author of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993) and The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997).

Tom Moylan
Emeritus Professor and Founding Director of the Ralahine Center for Utopian Studies, University of Limerick, author of Demand the Impossible (1986) and Scraps of the Untainted Sky (2000) and co-editor of Dark Horizons (2003).

Kim Stanley Robinson
Distinguished science fiction writer, winner of two Hugo Awards and author of the Orange Country Trilogy, the Mars Trilogy, Antarctica, The Years of Rice and Salt and the Science in the Capital Trilogy.

Deborah Bird Rose
Professor of Social Inclusion, Macquarie University, author of Dingo Makes Us Human (2000), Reports from a Wild Country (2004) and Wild Dog Dreaming: Love and Extinction (in press).

Linda Williams
Associate Professor in Art History at RMIT University, curator of The Idea of the Animal exhibition (2004) and the HEAT: Art and Climate Change exhibition (2008).

The conference invites papers from scholars, writers and others interested in the interplay between ecology and ecocriticism, utopia, dystopia and science fiction.

CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS

Abstracts (approx. 100-150 words) should be sent by 30 June 2010 by e-mail to: Utopias@arts.monash.edu.au

or by post to: Utopias4 Conference, Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, School of English, Communications and Performasnce Studies, Clayton campus, Monash University, Victoria 3800, Australia

REGISTRATION

The conference will take place over three days.

Full registration for the three days costs $A280, with a concessional price for students and the non-employed of $A140.

Registration for one day only costs $A110, with a concessional price of $A55. All prices are GST inclusive.

Registration is due by 31 July 2010.

Professor Andrew Milner
Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies
School of English, Communications and Performance Studies
Monash University
Melbourne
Victoria 3800
AUSTRALIA

Phone: (61) (3) 9905 2979
Fax: (61) (3) 9905 5593
Email: Andrew.Milner@arts.monash.edu.au
Homepage: http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/ecps/people/andrew-milner/

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