Conferences/Events

The SFF has organized several conferences as well as sponsoring other events and collaborating with sister organizations. Below is a list of past and present activities.

1975

Science fiction festival organized by Ted Polhemus at the Institute for Contemporary Arts.

A series of lectures was programmed by Peter Nicholls of the SFF and subsequently published as Science Fiction at Large (Harper & Row, 1977). Contributors included John Brunner, Edward de Bono, Philip K. Dick, Thomas M. Disch, Alan Garner, Harry Harrison, Ursula Le Guin, Robert Sheckley, John Taylor and Alvin Toffler.

1996

Speaking Science Fiction

Conference organized jointly by the SFF and the University of Liverpool to celebrate the re-opening of the SFF Collection. A volume of essays was published as Speaking Science Fiction: Dialogues and Interpretations, eds. Andy Sawyer and David Seed (Liverpool University Press, 2000).

2000

The Profession of Science Fiction

Held at Birmingham's Gas Hall, this special panel, celebrating Foundation's long-running series, was chaired by Edward James and featured Peter F. Hamilton, John Jarrold, Rog Peyton and David Pringle.

2001

Television and the Fantastic

Conference organized by Farah Mendlesohn and Nickianne Moody on behalf of the SFF, and held at Liverpool John Moores University.

2001

A Celebration of British Science Fiction

Conference organized by the SFF. A selection of essays was published in Foundation 93 (2005), edited by Andrew M. Butler, Farah Mendlesohn and Andy Sawyer; simultaneously published in the Foundation Studies series. The Guests of Honour were Brian Aldiss, Stephen Baxter, Nicola Griffith, Gwyneth Jones and Ken MacLeod.

2002

The annual SFRA conference was co-organized by Andrew M. Butler and Farah Mendlesohn on behalf of the SFF. The three-day event was held in New Lanark, Scotland from 28-30 June. The conference programme is available here

2002

Children's Fantasy Fiction

Conference held at the University of Reading and co-organized by the Association for Research in Popular Fiction and the SFF. A selection of papers was published in Foundation 88 (2003).

2004

A Commonwealth of Science Fiction

International conference organized by the SFF. It was held at the Foresight Centre, Liverpool from 5-8 August.

2005

The Matter of Britain

The SFF organized the academic track at the 63rd Worldcon. A selection of the papers can be read here

2011

Out of This World: Science Fiction But Not as You Know It

British Library exhibition on science fiction guest-curated by Andy Sawyer, SFF Librarian. Read the press release here. See Mark Kermode's feature for BBC 2's Culture Show and China Mieville's tour of the exhibition for BBC News.

2013

Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space: Fantastika and the Classical World

Three-day conference held at the University of Liverpool's Foresight Centre. Organized on behalf of the SFF by Tony Keen. A selection of papers was published in Foundation 118 (2014).

2014

Diversity in Speculative Fiction

Academic track at Loncon3, the 72nd Worldcon (14-18 August), sponsored by the SFF. Organized by Emma England. Selections of papers were published in Foundation 121 and Foundation 122 (both 2015).

2014

Strangers in Strange Lands

Two-day conference on science fiction and anthropology, held at the University of Kent, and part-funded by the SFF. A conference report was published in Foundation 120 (2015) followed by a version of Gwyneth Jones's keynote, 'Aliens in the 21st Century', in Foundation 125 (2016).

2016

Science Fiction Research Association 

The University of Liverpool and the SFF Collection played host to the annual SFRA conference. Organized by Chris Pak and Will Slocombe. A conference report was published in Foundation 124 (2016).

2019

77th Worldcon at Dublin

The SFF sponsored a science poster competition as part of the academic track. Organized by Shana Worthen.

2020

Sum Tyms Bytin Sum Tyms Bit

Online celebration of Russell Hoban's Riddley Walker, part-funded by the SFF. The sessions can be viewed here and the video contributions by, amongst others, SFF patron Neil Gaiman can be viewed here. A recording of Amy Cutler's live performance is available here. Organized by Andrew M. Butler, Feral Practice, Paul March-Russell and Sonia Overall.