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Eaton Conference Papers, Contest Entries

Eaton Conference Seeks Papers, Contest Entries

The 2011 conference will focus on global science fiction.

(May 21, 2010)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Organizers of UC Riverside’s annual Eaton Science Fiction Conference are inviting submissions of proposals for papers and panels to be presented at the 2011 event, and short-story contest entries from University of California students.

The 2011 conference theme is “Global Science Fiction,” and paper and panel proposals should address the ways in which science fiction is a global phenomenon, such as how historical and contemporary science fiction relate to processes of globalization, international social movements, universalist ideologies, multinational cultures, technoscientific networks, philosophies of cosmopolitanism, neo- and postcolonial politics, and separatist and sovereignty movements.

Conference co-director Rob Latham, UCR associate professor of English, said the event “will highlight the maturity of science fiction as an international genre, showing how it has become a complex, flexible mode of expression, engaging crucial topics and debates of concern to scholars, students, and all global citizens.”

Abstracts of 500 words should be submitted by June 15 to Melissa Conway, head of Special Collections and Archives at the Rivera Library, More information is available at

The Eaton Conference’s annual Science Fiction Short Story Contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at any University of California campus. Stories must be recognizable as science fiction and must not exceed 6,000 words. The first-place winner will receive $500; second place offers a $250 prize. A list of additional requirements is available at Entries must be sent by Oct. 8 to Gwido Zlatkes, associate librarian, at

Initiated in 2008, the contest was the inspiration of Stephanie Hammer, professor of comparative literature and foreign languages.

The 2011 conference will be held Feb. 11-13 at the Mission Inn in downtown Riverside. Mike Davis, distinguished professor of creative writing at UCR, will be the keynote speaker. Davis is the author of “City of Quartz,” “The Ecology of Fear” and “Planet of Slums.” Special author guests will include Nalo Hopkinson, China Mieville and Karen Tei Yamashita, who will participate on a plenary panel on Saturday, Feb. 12.

Information about the conference is available at

UCR is the home of the J. Lloyd Eaton Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Utopian Literature, the largest in the world. The collection embraces every branch of science fiction, plus fantasy and horror, and contains the largest holdings of 16th- to 21st-century utopian and dystopian fiction in North America.

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