Science fiction cinema has often featured prominently as a source and subject in arts and humanities research, but science fiction writing – as a mode of research and a subject of study – is often overlooked. The aim of this conference is to explore the intersections of science fiction literature, the Humanities, Music and the Visual Arts as a worldwide phenomenon that has important implications for scholars, performers, teachers, and students across a range of disciplines and across the world.

The event, held over three days at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will feature performances, lectures, and panels. Our hope is to initiate a longer conversation at Illinois on the potentials of science fiction writing as an important feature of the University’s ongoing critical explorations of science, technology and society.