Film Studies, Science Fiction, Young Scholars Competition

Proposals invited! 2021 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Science Fiction Studies @IAFA_TW @sfranews @GerryCanavan @tpmoylan @sfritzsc #sf #sciencefiction

Peter Lang Oxford is delighted to announce the 2021 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Science Fiction Studies.

Proposals are invited from early career scholars ­in Science Fiction Studies for academic monographs to be evaluated by a distinguished editorial board. At least two winners will be selected, one for the Ralahine Utopian Studies series and one for the World Science Fiction Studies series, each of whom will receive a contract to publish their book with Peter Lang.

Proposals should be submitted to Laurel Plapp ( by 30 November 2020 and include an abstract (including chapter synopses), a sample chapter (5,000 to 10,000 words in length), and a CV in separate Microsoft Word documents.

Proposals are welcome from scholars working on any aspect of Science Fiction Studies and must be written in English. We welcome scholars working on world science fiction, utopian science fiction, science fiction film, and/or interdisciplinary studies. Proposals under review elsewhere should not be submitted.

The winner will be offered a contract for a fully funded book to be published within six months of receipt of the complete and approved manuscript. Planned manuscripts should be 60,000 to 100,000 words in length. Authors will be expected to copy-edit the manuscript in accordance with the style guidelines provided.

Applicants should be early career scholars who have been awarded a PhD between 2015 and 2020 or expect to be awarded a PhD in 2021.

Decisions will be made by 31 January 2021 and the winner will be notified shortly thereafter.

For general information about the competition, please contact Peter Lang Ltd, 52 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU. E-mail:

Ralahine Utopian Studies

Edited by Raffaella Baccolini, Antonis Balasopoulos, Joachim Fischer, Michael J. Griffin, Naomi Jacobs, Michael G. Kelly, Tom Moylan and Phillip E. Wegner

Ralahine Utopian Studies is the publishing project of the Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies at the University of Limerick in association with the University of Bologna, the University of Cyprus, the University of Florida and the University of Maine.

The series publishes high-quality scholarship that addresses the theory and practice of utopianism (including Anglophone, continental European and indigenous and postcolonial traditions, and contemporary and historical periods). Publications (in English and other European languages) include original monographs and essay collections (including theoretical, textual and ethnographic/institutional research), English-language translations of utopian scholarship in other national languages, reissues of classic scholarly works that are out of print and annotated editions of original utopian literary and other texts (including translations).

While the series editors seek work that engages with the current scholarship and debates in the field of utopian studies, they will not privilege any particular critical or theoretical orientation. They welcome submissions by established or emerging scholars working within or outside the academy. Given the multilingual and interdisciplinary remit of the series, the editors especially welcome comparative studies in any disciplinary or transdisciplinary framework.

World Science Fiction Studies

Edited by Sonja Fritzsche and Gerry Canavan

World Science Fiction Studies understands science fiction to be an inherently global phenomenon. Proposals are invited for monographs and edited collections that celebrate the tremendous reach of a genre that continues to be interpreted and transformed by a variety of cultures and linguistic communities around the world. The series embraces this global vision of the genre but also supports the articulation of each community’s unique approach to the challenges of science, technology and society. The series encourages the use of contemporary theoretical approaches (e.g. postcolonialism, posthumanism, feminisms, ecocriticism) as well as engagement with positionalities understood through critical race and ethnicity studies, gender studies, queer theory, disability studies, class analysis, and beyond. Interdisciplinary work and research on any media (e.g. print, film, television, visual arts, video games, new media) is welcome. The language of the series is English.

Advisory Board: Elizabeth Ginway (University of Florida), Iva Polak (University of Zagreb), and Alfredo Luiz Suppia (University of Campinas)

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