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SFRA Conference call for presenters

Hello, SF scholars, teachers, and fans -

Below is a note from Karen Hellekson, requesting y'all to get in your abstracts for this summer's Campbell Conference / SFRA Conference happening here in Lawrence, Kansas, July 10-13. Want to build up that resume by giving a professional presentation on SF?
Well, here's how:
Get those abstracts in for the SFRA meeting! I won't repost the complete call for papers here (AGAIN) but today is the close date. I see I have a bunch in my inbox to address--ya'll will be hearing from me soon.

Meanwhile, people are asking how firm the deadline is. We're more interested in getting a wonderful cross section of people than wagging our admonishing deadline finger--if you need more time, e-mail me and tell me what you have in mind so I can plan accordingly.

Several people aren't yet sure they can make it and have thus resisted sending in a proposal. My general advice has been, go ahead and propose a paper if you are more than 60% sure you can make it. Then let me know if you have to withdraw it. It's easier to drop a paper from a panel than it is to add one. (And you're more likely to prioritize coming if your abstract has been accepted!) I anticipate that we'll have to do some last-minute scrambling. We'll accommodate what we can--just keep us in the loop and let us know what you're thinking and what your travel plans end up being, and I'm sure everything will turn out beautifully.

People presenting at the conference should be registered. Registration and hotel info are available here.

Registration forms are here (note it's a .pdf - print and mail; no online or PayPal registration is available).

Prices go up after April 30. I also encourage SFRA folks to consider attending the Campbell Conference, and vice versa.

To propose a paper, start a new e-mail to me at karenhellekson@karenhellekson.com.


Karen Hellekson, PhD, ELS
For the SFRA 2008 Program Committee
karenhellekson <at>karenhellekson <dot> com


I'll make another post soon with more info about the Campbell Conference; in short, we're running a special "Teaching Science Fiction" program in conjunction with SFRA. Hope to see you this summer!



( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 1st, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Thank you.
I submitted an abstract.

I'm certain I'll be in Lawrence, this summer.
Apr. 1st, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
Re: Thank you.
Awesome! See you then.

Apr. 1st, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
Re: Thank you.
Wait, is this going to be the con of the hot shaven-headed guys with facial hair?
Apr. 1st, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)
Re: Thank you.
Apr. 1st, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)
Re: Thank you.
All smiles. LoL.
Apr. 1st, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
Stupid Question

What sort of papers?
Apr. 1st, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
Re: Stupid Question
Why, papers on SFnal topics, of course! Particularly if you have a paper topic in mind about the work of attending authors, including Karen Joy Fowler, James Gunn, Maureen Kincaid Speller, Paul Kincaid, and others. The Campbell Conference will bring the winners of the Campbell Award for the best SF novel of the year and the Sturgeon Award for the best short SF of the year, as well as noted science-fiction teacher and author, Jim Van Pelt, keynote speaker for the “teaching SF” program. Other writers often attend both meetings.

Check out the SFRA Conference page for more info.
Apr. 1st, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
Re: Stupid Question
I have to say, this made me larff: Includes a variety of Kansas-style food as well as beer.
Apr. 1st, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
Re: Stupid Question
Heh. They wanted authentic Kansas food, so we've set up a BBQ picnic, among other things. Oh, and of course we'll have local beer, too.
Apr. 1st, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
Ah, alas, I'm at ShoreLeave that weekend. We'll be up the week before, though, so we should definitely get together. And I was thinking I might even check with the Jayhawk and see if it's worth doing a signing. What do you think?
Apr. 1st, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
It'll be grand to see you, though of course we'll be smack-dab in the middle of the Workshops and Conference prep. Drop Ruth Lichtwardt at the KU Oread Book Store (rlichtwardt @ ku.edu)
a note expressing your interest, and I bet she'd find a way to set up a signing and/or reading. Would be fun for the Workshoppers, too!
Apr. 2nd, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
Hey, do me a favor? Delete the Gmail e-mail address! Break the other e-mail address somehow--spacing the @ symbol?

Thanks for posting! I had 28 new submissions on the close date. We have about 55 papers that are not on panels already. Woo!

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Apr. 2nd, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Done! I thought about that when I posted but wasn't too worried, because my LJ is not searchable.

Hooray on all the new submissions!
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