Online MidWinter Seminar 2024

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Online MidWinter Seminar 2024
Something Mighty Queer

February 17-18, 2024
Via Zoom and Discord

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Something Mighty Queer: queerness in fantasy, science fiction, speculative fiction, and other mythopoeic work

Co-chairs: Alicia Fox-Lenz, Grace Moone, Leah Hagan

Join us for a virtual conference centered around queerness in fantasy, science fiction, speculative fiction, or other mythopoeic work. “Queerness” is an intentionally ambiguous term, demonstrating the diversity of queer experiences, and the necessity of situating queerness as a liminal, complex paradigm. Queer theory is wider than the study of gender identity or sexuality, extending to taking positions against normativity and dominant modes of thought, and engaging with the indefinite.


Taylor Driggers

Taylor Driggers is the author of Queering Faith in Fantasy Literature (Bloomsbury Academic, 2022), which was a finalist for the 2023 Mythopoeic Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies. His research examines how fantasy literature can reimagine the relationship between Christian theology, queer desire, and gendered embodiment, especially via theologies of failure. A member of the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic as well as the AHRC-funded research network Future Voices of Scottish Science Fiction and Fantasy, he is also interested in ways of curating fantasy’s queer histories beyond mere representation and inclusion. Taylor holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow.


The CFP is closed; the deadline was November 30, 2023.

The Mythopoeic Society invites paper submissions for an online conference that focuses on queerness in fantasy, science fiction, speculative fiction or other mythopoeic work. This can be queer representation within the work or engaging with mythopoeia through queer theory. Aspects of this topic might include but are certainly not limited to any of the following: Otherness, stranger/outsider, the uncanny, marginalization and oppression, liminality and liminal spaces, depictions of queer people, thresholds, trans theory, gender performativity, readings and research that challenge normative or hegemonic perspectives.

Papers, panels, and roundtables from a variety of critical perspectives and disciplines are welcome. We are interested in ANY form of media — text, graphic novels, comics, television, movies, music and music videos, games — as long as it can be described as fantasy or otherwise mythopoeic.

Some examples of topics:

Each presentation will receive a 50-minute slot to allow time for questions, but individual presentations should be timed for oral presentation in 40 minutes maximum. Two or three presenters who wish to present short, related papers may also share one 50-minute slot.

Proposals (~200 words) with bios (150 words, maximum) should be sent to: oms-chair @ Working bibliographies are welcome, but not required.


Registration is now closed.

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