Sturgeon Symposium Announced

The Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction has announced the first Annual Sturgeon Symposium, to be held September 29-30, 2022 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence KS.

The Symposium “which will feature the presentation of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best science fiction short story and a reading from this year’s winner. This hybrid in-person/online symposium will also feature panels, presentations, and roundtable discussions that highlight the diversity of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and the Speculative Arts.”

They welcome “proposals for panels, research presentations, creative presentations, roundtables, public workshops, and posters” from “students, scholars, creators, and fans whose engagement with speculative modes enriches our understanding of the world we share and challenges our notions of what is possible. We hope to illuminate the array of SF-related work being done across disciplines, genres, media, and identities.” The deadline for proposals is June 30, 2022 and should be emailed to

In addition to the award ceremony and programming based on submissions, the Symposium will include:

  • a creative writing reading from the winner of this year’s Sturgeon prize
  • Roundtable discussion: “The State of SF”
  • Panel: Indigenous Futurisms
  • Literary Salon: creative writing readings
  • Pedagogy panel: “How is SF being taught on campus?”
  • Research spotlight: “What are you currently working on in the realm of SF?”
  • Roundtable discussion: Fan Fiction and Fanwork as Speculative Art
  • Panel: Emerging Technologies

For more details, see the SF Center site.

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