Call for Papers: Far Rainbows Science Fiction Cinema Conference

We are actively seeking paper submissions for a one-day international workshop, FAR RAINBOWS: Russian and Soviet Science Fiction On Screen, which will take place at Wadham College, Oxford University on April 12, 2013 (Cosmonauts’ Day!).Image
Papers of approx. 20 mns’ length are encouraged on any aspect of the adaptation of Russian and Soviet science fiction for cinema, television, and other media. The organisers are particularly interested in studies of how the Strugatskii brothers’ novels have been adapted for the screen, although papers on adaptations of fiction by other authors will also be welcomed. Confirmed speakers include Professor Yvonne Howell (Richmond), Henriette Cederlöf (Stockholm), Dr Andrei Rogatchevski (Glasgow), Professor Sofya Khagi (Michigan), Dr Muireann Maguire (Oxford) and Dr Matthias Schwartz (Berlin).
Please contact Muireann Maguire ( and/or Andrei Rogatchevski ( with any queries, or try our conference email address:

Possible areas to explore include intertextuality, representations of utopia and dystopia, auteur cinema versus the role of censorship, how symbolism and meaning change between media (and over time), casting, and film theory.  If you wish to submit an abstract about an adaptation of the Strugatskiis’ novels, please note that the following films and directors (Stalker, Days of Eclipse, The Sorcerers/ Letters of a Dead Man/Ugly Swans, The Dead Mountaneer Hotel and Es ist nicht leicht ein Gott zu sein) have already been preselected by invited speakers.

Closing date for submission of abstracts: 15 December 2012