Call for Participants – Science Fiction Panels at ASEEES 2012

Good news for admirers of Slavic sci-fi! We are planning three marvellous science fiction-themed panels for the 2012 ASEEES convention, which will be held in New Orleans on November 15-18. As all panel proposals must be submitted by Jan 15, 2012, we urge anyone interested in presenting at the convention on this topic to contact us asap (and as directed below). Our triad of panels will each examine separate post-1917 historical periods within the general framework of the interaction of science and scientists with Soviet and post-Soviet literary fiction.

Our three panels are variously recruiting speakers, discussants, and chairs. If you are interested in contributing in one of these roles, please contact the relevant chair directly.

Science Fiction I (Pre-revolutionary & Early Soviet): “How the Style Was Tempered”

Seeking panellists, chair, and discussant

  1. Panellist: Eric Laursen (Utah), “Evgeny Zamiatin and the Second Law of Thermodynamics”

Science Fiction II (Cold War): “Cold War, Hot Topics”

  • Organizer:  Sibelan Forrester, Swarthmore College (

Chair: Anindita Banerjee (Cornell), Discussant: Matthias Schwartz (Freie Universität Berlin)


  1. Yvonne Howell (Richmond): “Mutant Flies, Cold War Spies”, on Dudintsev’s ‘Belye odezhdy’.
  2. Sibelan Forrester (Swarthmore): Soviet SF in English-language translations.
  3. Muireann Maguire (Oxford):  Viktor Shtrum in Grossman’s Zhizn’ i sud’ba.

Science Fiction III (Post-Soviet): “Apocalypse Then: Dystopian Narratives in Contemporary Eastern European Fiction”

  • Organizer: Sofya Khagi, University of Michigan (

Seeking chair, discussant, and third panellist

  1. Sofya Khagi: “The Shape of the Apocalypse in Contemporary Russian Literature” (Pelevin, Bykov, Ilichevsky)
  2. Matthias Schwartz: “Glukhovskii’s Metro 2033″ (tbc)

Muireann Maguire


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Clayton Black
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 19:23:37

    These look wonderful–I’ll be sure to attend as many as I can. I have been working for years on war scare in the 1920s and its boulevard-literature complements (think weak Soviet attempts at H.G. Wells), so the first panel looks especially useful. I’m glad to know you’re putting this together.


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