Just a friendly reminder that there's just one week to go for abstracts to
SFRA 18 ("The Future of Labor," Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI USA,
July 1-4)! We're hoping to have all abstracts in by next Friday, March 30.

You can find the full CFP here:

I've also pasted it below.

We hope to see you!


Sunday, July 1- Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)

Conference Theme: *The Future of Labor*


Peter Frase (author of *Four Futures)*

Rebekah Sheldon (author of *The Child to Come)*

The Science Fiction Research Association invites proposals for its 2018
annual conference, to be held on the campus of Marquette University in
Milwaukee, WI. In keeping with Milwaukee's long history as a site of labor
activism and union struggle, including the famous Bay View Massacre of
protestors striking for the eight-hour-workday and the longest Socialist
mayoral tenure in US history—as well as ongoing and increasingly urgent
global concerns about the rise of machine learning, artificial
intelligence, and autonomous robots—the overarching theme of SFRA 2018 will
be “The Future of Labor.” When machines think and work—at speeds and
efficiencies humans cannot match, and perhaps can no longer even
understand—what will become of human beings?

Possible subtopics might include:

   - ·               artificial intelligence, machine learning, and
   algorithmic culture;
   - ·               the rise of the machines; automation and labor;
   - ·               the Singularity;
   - ·               drone warfare;
   - ·               automated and robotic care labor;
   - ·               the gig economy and hyperexploitiation;
   - ·               hyperexploitation and technology in the academy;
   - ·               automation and the digital economy;
   - ·               automation and the environment, especially climate
   - ·               automation and disability;
   - ·               automation and race, gender, sexuality, and class;
   - ·               nonhuman labor and nonhuman laborers;
   - ·               genetic manipulation, computer prosthesis, and other
   modes of cognitive enhancement;
   - ·               games, gamificiation, and other brainhacks;
   - ·               universal basic income and other modes of
   - ·               the politics of artificial intelligence, utopian,
   dystopian, and otherwise;
   - ·               representations of nonhuman, robotic, artificially
   intelligent, and postcapitalist labor across the last two centuries of
   science fiction texts.

Of course we also welcome papers on topics relevant to science fiction
research broadly conceived that are not specifically related to the
conference theme.

Graduate students are encouraged to apply and attend; as with previous SFRA
conferences, the first day of conference programming will include
roundtables and workshops devoted to targeted at early-career teachers and
researchers working in SF studies and in the study of popular culture more

300-500 word abstracts should be sent to [log in to unmask] by March
30, 2018. Alternatively, you can submit them through this Google Form
<>. Notification of acceptance will
occur by April 15, 2018. We also welcome submission of preconstituted
panels and roundtables.

Questions concerning the call for papers can be directed to
[log in to unmask] with the subject line “CFP QUESTION,” or to the
conference’s local organizers, Gerry Canavan (Marquette University,
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Gerry Canavan
Associate Professor of 20th and 21st Century Literature
English Department, Marquette University
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