Although this conference has concluded, the conference organiser, Tony Keen, continues to provide updates on the subject at the Conference blog.

The SFF generally holds a conference every three years.

The Science Fiction Foundation announces:

Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space: The Fantastika and the Classical World. A Science Fiction Foundation Conference

29 June – 1 July 2013

At The Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool

Guests of Honour/Plenary Speakers: Edith Hall, Nick Lowe, and Sophia McDougall

The culture of the Classical world continues to shape that of the modern West.  Those studying the Fantastika (science fiction, fantasy and horror) know that the genres have some of their strongest roots in the literature of the Graeco-Roman world (Homer’s Odyssey, Lucian’s True History).  At the same time, scholars of Classical Reception are increasingly investigating all aspects of popular culture, and have begun looking at science fiction.  However, scholars of the one are not often enough in contact with scholars of the other.  This conference aims to bridge the divide, and provide a forum in which sf and Classical Reception scholars can meet and exchange ideas. 




The rate for a delegate (whether full or unwaged) includes lunch, coffee breaks, and the banquet on Saturday.  Day rates are available for those unable to attend the full event. Note that you will only be able to purchase one day at a time using the form on the webpage. The Saturday day rate does not include the banquet. Spaces may be available for an additional UK £15. Day delegates should note their interest in attending the banquet in the "dietary needs" field. 


Delegate UK £150

Delegate (unwaged/student) UK £100

Day rate UK £50

Day rate (unwaged/student) UK £40




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A small number of bursaries are available to reimburse the cost of travel to and from the conference within the UK for students currently enrolled on a postgraduate degree programme. The form for applying for one is available here (.docx)

Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space is organised by the Science Fiction Foundation, with the co-operation of the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool.

Tony Keen

Chair, 2013 Science Fiction Foundation Conference


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