CFP: Current Research in Speculative Fiction (CRSF) 2015

University of Liverpool
Monday 8th June 2015
With Keynote Lectures from:
Dr. Andrew M. Butler (Canterbury Christ Church University)
Dr. Sarah Dillon (University of Cambridge)
Returning for its fifth consecutive year, CRSF is a one day postgraduate conference designed to promote the research of speculative fictions, including SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY and HORROR; showcasing some of the latest developments in these dynamic and evolving fields. CRSF attracts an international selection of delegates and provides a platform for postgraduate students to present their current research, encourages discussion with scholars in related subjects and the construction of crucial networks with fellow researchers. The University of Liverpool, a leading centre for the study of speculative fiction and home to the Science Fiction Foundation Collection, will host the conference.
We are seeking abstracts relating to speculative fiction, including, but not limited to, papers on the following topics:
  • Alternate History
  • Alternative Culture
  • Animal Studies
  • Anime
  • Apocalypse
  • Body Horror
  • Consciousness
  • Cyber Culture
  • Drama
  • Eco-criticism
  • Fan Culture
  • Gaming
  • (Geo)Politics
  • Genre
  • Gender
  • Graphic Novels
  • The Grotesque
  • The Heroic Tradition
  • Liminal Fantasy
  • Magic
  • Meta-Franchises
  • Morality
  • Monstrosity
  • Music
  • Non-Anglo-American SF
  • Otherness
  • Pastoral
  • Poetry
  • Politics
  • Post-Colonialism and Empire
  • Proto-SF
  • Psychology
  • Quests
  • Realism
  • Sexuality
  • Slipstream
  • Spiritualism
  • Steampunk
  • Supernatural
  • Technology
  • Time
  • TV and Film
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Utopia/Dystopia
  • (Virtual) Spaces and Environments
  • Weird Fiction
  • World Building
  • Young Adult Fiction.
Please submit an abstract of 300 words for a 20 minute English language paper and a 100 word biography to by Monday 9th March 2015.
For further information email the conference team at or visit our website:
CRSF is only able to accept proposals for papers by postgraduate students and the recently qualified. However, all are welcome to attend the conference as delegates. See the website for more information.