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James Leggott <[log in to unmask]>
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Call for Contributions

Anthology on British Science Fiction in Film and Television

Deadline: May 20, 2008


The consistent quality of science-fiction films and television programmes in Britain has won audiences for generations, both in the UK and around the world. One reason for this sustained popularity lies in the ability of British cinema and TV to constantly reinvent the genre, keeping it socially and philosophically elastic. Incorporating impulses from literature, popular culture and science, British 'sci-fi' has constantly adapted to changes in the political and social climate. Furthermore, the involvement of numerous 'foreigners' has enriched science fiction by introducing new aesthetics and internationalism to a genre that has traditionally been marked as distinctively British.


Bringing together academics from various countries and disciplines, this proposed edited collection regards British science fiction as a cultural phenomenon that exceeds the realm of individual media and narrowly defined notions of the nation. Indeed, by emphasizing cross-media and cross-cultural connections, the anthology proposes that the last century of science fiction productions, from The Tunnel (1935) to landmark TV series such as The Quatermass Experiment and contemporary films such as Children of Men (2006) has always existed in the interstices of different cultures and media. 


We invite proposals for chapters on any aspect of British science fiction cinema and television, but responses to the following themes would be particularly welcome:


*        the inter-relationship between film and television science fiction, but also between these and other media and art-forms such as radio, literature, painting, music and the internet

*        case studies of trans-national and international cooperation 

*        the role of émigré and non-British creative personnel in the evolution of British 'sci-fi' 

*        the role of auteurs and literary writers, from Dennis Potter and Stanley Kubrick to H.G. Wells, Nigel Kneale, and P.D. James 

*        British 'sci-fi' and its political, cultural, social, religious and philosophical contexts

*        fan cultures in print and on-line

*        the international marketing, distribution and reception of British science-fiction

*        the evolution of hybrid forms such as science fiction comedy or horror


Please send your 200-word proposal by May 20, 2008 to


James Leggott and Tobias Hochscherf

Lecturers in Film and Television Studies

Northumbria University                                

School of Arts and Social Sciences                              

Media & Communication           

Lipman Bldg.                            

Newcastle upon Tyne                             

NE1 8ST                                 

United Kingdom  

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