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Current Study

Current Projects:
Science Fiction exhibition at The Science Museum in London.

Book Out Now:
Sideways in Time: Alternate History and Counterfactual Narratives (Liverpool University Press, 2019). Co-edited Collection.

Book Forthcoming:

Current Sub-Studies

Areas of Interest:
> literature, trauma, and ethics
> science fiction and alternate history
> 20th and 21st century literature
> history and literature of science
> comics and graphic novels
> science communication

5 January 2011

Current Research in Speculative Fiction (CRSF) 2011


“A Vampire, a Troll, and a Martian Walk Into a Bar....”
- Call for Papers -
18th June 2011
University of Liverpool
Keynote Lectures from: Professor Adam Roberts (Royal Holloway, University of London), Mr Andy Sawyer (Science Fiction Foundation Collection Librarian; Director of MA in Science Fiction Studies, University of Liverpool)


CRSF is a postgraduate conference designed to promote the research of speculative fictions including, but not limited to, science fiction, fantasy and horror.

 Our aim is to showcase some of the latest developments in this dynamic and evolving field, by providing a platform for the presentation of current research by postgraduates. The conference will also encourage the discussion of this research and the construction of crucial networks with fellow researchers. The University of Liverpool is a leading centre for the study of speculative fiction, being home to the Science Fiction Foundation Collection, and is thus ideally suited to such a cause.

This year we would like to focus on encouraging postgraduates to network with others in their field, and related areas, whilst also demonstrating the depth and breadth of research currently being conducted into speculative fiction. As such we welcome 300 word abstracts on topics as diverse as, but not limited to:

•Alternate History •Apocalypse •Environmental Philosophy •Gaming •Genre Evolution •Genre Language and the Language of Genre •Gender and Sexuality •Graphic Novels •Representations of Psychology and Consciousness •Speculative Fiction across Media – Adaptation, Translation and Franchise •Speculative Spaces, Places and Races •The Supernatural and the Other •Technology and Magic •”Why Has No One Thought of This Before?” •Young Adult Fiction.

Abstracts of 300 words, for papers intended to run for twenty minutes,  should be submitted to CRSF2011@gmail.com by 01/04/11.

For further information, email the conference team at CRSF2011@gmail.com

Note: although we are looking for papers from postgraduates we welcome delegates from across the spectrum of academic and speculative fiction fields. This conference is the first of a planned annual series and cannot succeed without your support so please pass this along to everyone who might be interested.


  1. Hi Glyn,

    I, too, am a PhD student at Liverpool; part-time, and I've been at it for about a year now. Thanks to your call for papers posting on the SFRA list, I found your blog.

    Just thought I'd say hello, as I don't think we've met. I only get to Liverpool about once a month.

    - Phil Nichols


  2. Hey Phil, thanks for getting in touch. I wish I'd known about your site when I was discussing Something Wicked This Way Comes at my SF Bookclub (sideways plug: http://sciencefictionfantasybookclub.blogspot.com/2010/11/something-wicked-this-way-comes-by-ray.html ).

    Glad the Call for papers caught your interest - thinking of coming along, or even submitting something?

  3. I will almost certainly come to the event, but I probably won't submit anything. I've got a whole stack of OTHER writing to do, including my paper for next month's Eaton conference in California!

  4. Ahh fantastic! Good luck with that. California sounds good right about now [typed with fingers made of ice]

  5. Dear Glyn Morgan,

    Pleased to write to you. I found out about your conference via Chris Pak's homepage in academia, and I have also submitted an abstract on Stanley G. Weinbaum's science fiction. I hope it will be accepted.

    It has been mentioned that your conference is a postgraduate one. I would like to know if David Seed or any other professors of the field will be there too.

    Also, when will the conference be held? Thanks beforehand.

    Zahra Jannessari Ladani


  6. Hello my friend! it is the first time that I read your blogs, one friend sent me it yesterday. This post is like the book that I read last quarter at University , science fiction, fantasy and horror are some fabulous and interesting themes in the literature .thanks for sharing.


  7. I think it is such a great idea to have a postgraduate conference in order to explore the science fiction that is one f my favorite literature genres