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CFP: Reframing Science Fiction.


CFP: Reframing Science Fiction.

  • 21 March 2016
  • A One Day Conference on the Art of Science Fiction
  • Keynote speakers: Dr Jeannette Baxter (Anglia Ruskin University) and Dr Paul March-Russell (University of Kent)

From William Blake and John Martin to Glenn Brown and The Otolith Group, artists have been producing works of art that are science fiction. And artists and their works have been incorporated into many works of sf.

Meanwhile, on countless book covers and in magazine illustrations, a visual language of science fiction has evolved: bug-eyed monsters; spaceships; robots and so on.

Art in the comic strip and the graphic novel has been the means of telling stories in visual form – whilst artists such as Roy Lichtenstein have made comic panels into art.

We invite 300 word proposals for twenty minute papers on the intersection of art and sf across the media – painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, photography, film, performance, prose, dance, architecture and so on – on topics such as:

  • individual artists or groups of artists;
  • surrealism;
  • pop art;
  • representations of sex, gender, class, ethnicity etc.;
  • specific techniques or materials;
  • book and magazine covers;
  • illustrations;
  • comic books/graphic novels;
  • art film;
  • art direction.

Send proposals or queries to: Dr Andrew M Butler, School of Media, Art and Design, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, CT1 1QU, UK or to by 15 January 2016.

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