Conference 2016 Messengers from the Stars – Episode IV

Science Fiction and Fantasy International Conference

Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon


Science Fiction and Fantasy objects are a permanent part of today’s cultural industry.  From the margins to mainstream culture, their ubiquity demands critical debate beyond the preconception of pop culture made for mass entertainment. The University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (ULICES) invites you to take part in the 4th International Conference Messengers From the Stars: On Science Fiction and Fantasy to be held at the School for Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon, November 16-18, 2016. We welcome papers of about 20 minutes (maximum) and also joint proposals for thematic panels consisting of 3 or 4 participants. Postgraduate and undergraduate students are also welcomed to participate.

Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Comic Books/Graphic Novels
  • Fan Fiction/Fandom
  • Fantasy and Children’s Literature
  • Fantasy and Science Fiction on Screen (Cinema, TV, Web, etc.)
  • Fantasy and the Gothic
  • Imagination and Fantasy
  • Journey
  • Music and Science Fiction
  • Place and Non-place
  • Science and Fiction
  • Utopias/Dystopias
  • Videogames

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Andrew M Butler – School of Media, Art and Design (Canterbury, UK)

Katherine Fowkes – High Point University (NC, USA)


Individual papers, as well as thematic panel proposals, should have 250 words maximum and be sent to along with a short biographical note (100 words maximum) by May 31, 2016.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by June 30, 2016.

Working Languages: Portuguese and English


Early bird registration:  July 1st – September 15th

70 € / Students: 30 €

Late bird registration: September 16th –October 31st

80 € / Students: 40 €


  1. Only after proof of payment is registration effectively considered.
  2. Participants are responsible for their own travelling arrangements and accommodation.
  3. Undergraduate and post-graduate students must send proof of student status with their registration.


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.