Frauke Uhlenbruch (F.Uhlenbruch@derby.ac.uk)
This group invites papers which engage with the possibilities of discussing biblical literature informed by Science Fiction (SF). Proposals for papers are invited that apply specific works, tropes, or theories from SF to consider whether new insights can be derived from applying concepts of SF to biblical concepts or passages.
Using the concept of SF is a multidisciplinary approach. We encourage proposals from Bible scholars with an interest in SF, but also particularly from scholars in disciplines such as cultural studies, literature, sociology, film/media studies or even engineering and physics. In 2014 we expand our scope to also include considerations about religion and ethics, which may not be directly linked to a specific biblical passage or concept.
Call for Papers for Vienna 2014
Open call (some papers will be invited):
For our meeting in Vienna in 2014 (July 6th-10th), we accept proposals for papers which look at a specific passage or concept in biblical literature informed by SF (theory or a specific work or genre within SF). In addition to this, we expand our scope to invite considerations about religion and ethics (in conjunction with SF), which may not be directly linked to a specific biblical passage.
Go here to submit an abstract.
Ian D. Wilson (University of Alberta): “Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to rule by the sense of smell! Superhuman kingship in the prophetic books”
Tom Hull (Monash University): “Anamnesis and intercession in 3 Enoch and Philip K. Dick’s The Divine Invasion”
Raymond Edward Morehouse (University of St. Andrews): “Pauline Theology and Ice-Nine: How Kurt Vonnegut Jr. helps us articulate the importance of theological anthropology”
Ryan Higgins (Jewish Theological Seminary): “Of gods and monsters: supernatural beings in the Uncanny Valley”
Paraskevi Arapoglou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki): “Apocalyps(e)ing Apocalypto: reception of eschatological hope on the verge of environmental degradation”
(Trailer for 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsU5dfACAYM)