Preliminary call for papers – Science and Academic Stream

Call for Papers

Paper, Panel and Round Table proposals are invited for the CoNZealand 2020 Science and Academic Stream, an academic convention traditionally included as part of the annual World Science Fiction Convention.

Contributions are sought for a multidisciplinary academic program that will engage audiences, including not only fellow academics but also many of the world’s top science fiction authors and a well-educated and highly engaged public. In addition to traditional academic research that engages science fiction as a subject of study, scholars are encouraged to present research on or about any academic or scientific subject that is likely to engage the imagination of this eclectic and forward-thinking audience.

Potential contributors should note that science fiction explores all aspects of the future of humanity, and academic presentations on the social sciences, humanities and the arts have historically been as popular as those on science and science-related topics.

Paper Proposals should include the title, a description of no more than 25 words, author affiliation and contact information, an abstract of no more than 250 words, and bibliographic information on three or four of the author’s recent and relevant publications.

Panel Proposals should include paper proposals from all authors, a description of the expertise or relevant backgrounds of discussants if any are included, a description of no more than 25 words of the panel, and an overview of no more than 100 words of the panel.

Round Table Proposals and persons wishing to write and present a paper engaging the theme of Science Fiction in 2020 should contact the Academic Stream Head.

All proposals received before 1 February 2020 will be given full consideration. Proposals received after the deadline will only be considered if space allows. Preliminary acceptances can be offered to persons who need confirmation of program inclusion prior to 1 April 2020. Please clearly indicate if this is the case. Some conditions, such as payment of the conference membership, may apply.

Please send all proposals, queries or questions to Dr. Douglas A. Van Belle at:

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