Work In Progress Day November 2019

We are pleased to announce our schedule for our first Work in Progress Day, which is taking place on Saturday 23rd of November. The idea is to provide a platform to present new or developing work in any form, whether for a conference, thesis, or publication, to a sympathetic and receptive audience.

The event will be taking place in the Keynes Library, which is on the first floor of the Birkbeck Arts and Humanities buliding, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H OPD. The events will run from eleven until five, after which we will make our way to a nearby pub.

All are welcome and there will be time for discussion and feedback throughout the day. There will be tea/coffee and some snacks in the breaks, but we will not be providing lunch. Information about venue accessibility is available here. If you have any questions about the day (including accessibility, timings, etc.) then please contact us at


11:00-11:30 – Tom Dillon: ‘New Forms, New Worlds: a workshop exploring the history of sf in the UK 1937-1970 via forms and surveys’

11:30-12:00 – David Beesley: ‘Critical realism and science fiction: narrating structure and agency’

12:00-12:30 – Smin Smith: “Updating….: Science Fiction and Feminism’

12:30-13:30 – LUNCH 

13:30-14:00 – Llew Watkins: The imagined world as framework for multidisciplinary practice

14:00-14:30 – Sasha Myerson: ‘Mycosis’

14:30-14:45 – BREAK 

14:45-15:15 – Josie Taylor: ‘Magnifying the Peripheral: Modes of Extraction and Production in Science Fiction’

15:15-15:45 – Harry Smith: ‘The Utopian Enclave and Global Catastrophe’

15:45-16:00 – BREAK

16:00-17:00 – Jim Clarke and Sing Yun Lee: Science Fiction and Catholicism: The Rise and Fall of the Robot Papacy

This will be the first of our Work In Progress Days and we will be holding two more around March and June 2020. If you would like to take part in either of these then please contact us at with an overview of the contribution (you do not need to submit a fully worked out proposal).

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