SFF Conference 2013
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
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)
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.
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.
Chair, 2013 Science Fiction Foundation Conference