MAUREEN K. SPELLER TRAVEL FUND NOW AVAILABLE
In honour of our departed friend and colleague, Maureen Kincaid Speller, we are launching an annual travel fund of up to £500 to enable independent scholars to pursue their research. The fund can be used to attend conferences, workshops and archives both in the UK and overseas. This has been made possible by the profits from the When It Changed conference held online in December 2022, for which we thank all the attendees. For further details, go to our new Research and Travel Funds page on the website.
Published 1 May 2023
TOM DILLON APPOINTED AS SFF CURATOR
We are happy to announce the appointment of Tom Dillon as the new SFF Curator at the University of Liverpool. Besides being a graduate of Birkbeck College, London (where his PhD supervisor was Prof Roger Luckhurst), he is a former member of the LSFRC organising committee and the Beyond Gender Collective. Tom is already in post but he officially starts on 15 May. Enquiries can be sent to his university email - T.Dillon@liverpool.ac.uk
Published 30 April 2023
PETER NICHOLLS ESSAY PRIZE 2024
We are pleased to announce our next essay-writing competition. The award is open to all post-graduate research students and to all early career researchers (up to five years after the completion of your PhD) who have yet to find a full-time or tenured position. The prize is guaranteed publication in Foundation (summer 2024).
To be considered for the competition, please submit an article on any topic, period, theme, author, film or other media within the field of science fiction and its academic study. The work should be original and not previously published. Approximate length should be 6000 words. All submitted articles should comply with the style guide. Only one article per contributor is allowed to be submitted.
The deadline for submission is Monday, 4th December 2023. All competition entries, with a short (50 word) biography, should be sent to the journal editor at firstname.lastname@example.org The entries will be judged by the editorial team and the winner will be announced in the spring 2024 issue of Foundation.
Published 17 February 2023
SFF AT RAVEN ROW GALLERY
Raven Row Gallery in Spitalfields, London is currently hosting an exhibition that includes the Science Fiction Foundation. People Make Television celebrates the BBC's community programming slot, Open Door (1973-83). Amongst over a hundred programmes being screened, visitors can also see the documentary that Peter Nicholls made about the SFF in 1976, 'Science Fiction Goes to School'. More details about the exhibition can be found here.
Published 30 January 2023
ADAM BALDWIN WINS THE 2023 PETER NICHOLLS PRIZE
This year's Peter Nicholls Prize has been awarded to Adam Baldwin for their essay 'Secularizing the Destruction of Gomorrah in George Griffith's "Hellville, USA"'. Adam is a fourth-year PhD student with the Open University, working on Griffith's role in the development of early science fiction. His prize-winning essay will appear in our summer 2023 issue (no. 145). The call for next year's prize, which is open to all early career researchers in sf studies, will be announced later this spring. A list of past winners can be found here.
Published 3 January 2023
FOUNDATION EDITOR LAUNCHES NEW SCIENCE FICTION IMPRINT
Paul March-Russell and Una McCormack have launched a science fiction imprint, Gold SF, devoted to new feminist writing, to be published by Goldsmiths Press. The call for submissions is below:
Gold SF - Call for Submissions
Goldsmith’s Press is seeking to establish a dedicated imprint to publish feminist science fiction. We believe that sf and speculative fictions offer a mode of critical and utopian thinking ideally placed to address contemporary issues. We are therefore looking to commission novella and novel length work which answers to the times, dealing with subjects such as:
· Anti-rationalism and the rise of the alt-right
· The climate crisis and feminism in the Age of the Anthropocene
· Global movements of populations and refugees
· New visions of race, class, and queerness
· Expanding frontiers in gender and sexuality
· Decoloniality and indigenous knowledge traditions
· Pathways to resistance and rebellion
We are particularly keen to hear from new voices not traditionally represented by science fiction, literary fiction, and liberal feminism.
Enquiries to: Ellen Parnavelas - E.Parnavelas@gold.ac.uk
Editorial board: Abi Curtis, Elizabeth English, Joan Haran, Una McCormack, Paul March-Russell, Aishwarya Subramanian and Sheree Renee Thomas
Follow us at: https://twitter.com/GoldSF_Books
Published 17 April 2020 (updated 17 February 2023)