Call For Papers
Science, Faith, and the Imagination
For the ORU Conference on Science and Science Fiction
April 17 & 18, 2015
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This two-day interdisciplinary conference - sponsored by the colleges of Arts and Cultural Studies and Science and Engineering at Oral Roberts University - will examine the relationships between science and science fiction, social science and science fiction, and theology and science fiction in all forms of science and science fiction, including science fiction stories, film, television, radio, graphic novels, and theoretical physics.
Potential contributors are invited to submit an abstract or paper for this conference on themes related to any of the following conference tracks:
Papers on the above themes are invited. However, papers on other subjects related to the above topics will also be considered.
Science Fiction and Theology. Investigating the relationship between science fiction and theology.
Science in Science Fiction. Discussing the plausibility of fantastical science fiction concepts such as time travel, warp drives, cloaking devices, and (quantum) teleportation.
Hard Science Fiction. Examining scientific rigor in science fiction.
Social Sciences in Science Fiction. Investigating psychological, sociological, and cultural issues in science fiction.
The Relationship between Science and Science Fiction. Exploring how science drives science fiction and/or how science fiction drives science.
Original Science Fiction Short Stories. Submitting creative and original short stories (8-10 pages) over various science fiction themes and subjects.
Please submit an abstract or a full paper by February 28, 2015. Presentations are welcome in any format and style, including PowerPoint, and will depend upon the traditions of your discipline, but if you submit a paper to be read, it should be 8-10 pages (double-spaced, 12 point font) and needs to be an original work that has not been read at any previous conferences. Regardless of the presentation format, participants will be held to a twenty minute presentation limit.
E-mail all abstracts/papers to the following individual:
Dr. Andrew S.I.D. Lang, Conference Director
To insure prompt notification, please include your e-mail address on your submission. If you are willing to chair a section, please note this at the top of your abstract/paper.
We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker: Orson Scott Card.
Orson Scott Card is
a multiple Hugo and Nebula award winning bestselling author, critic, public speaker, essayist and columnist.
Author's Website: Hatrack River