Special Issue of Extrapolation

Call for Papers

Extrapolation is seeking essays for a special issue on Indigenous Futurism, edited by Grace L. Dillon, Michael Levy and John Rieder. Here's are the details:

In the last decade and a half, a number of scholars have explored the way that SF throughout the last century and a half has borne a close relationship to colonial (and later postcolonial) history, discourses, and ideologies. One of the most prominent features of colonial ideology in SF has been the widespread assumption that the future will be determined by the technological and cultural dominance of the West, the “progress” of which often entails the assumption that non-Western cultures will either disappear or  assimilate themselves to Western norms. Indigenous Futurism designates a growing movement of writing, both fictional and critical, that envisions the future from the point of view of Indigenous histories, traditions, and knowledges—and in so doing situates the present and the past in ways that challenge (neo/post)colonial ideologies of progress. This special issue of Extrapolation aims to bring together critical and scholarly explorations of and responses to fictional or theoretical and critical work in or on Indigenous SF, where SF is broadly conceived of as including science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, and slipstream.

Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • fictional and theoretical confrontations of Western science and Indigenous knowledges
  • use of Indigenous traditions in fiction or theory to envision a sustainable future
  • responses to and evaluation of Indigenously-inflected SF in any medium from any geographic location
  • representation and use of Indigenous traditions in classic SF texts
  • Indigeneity and SF adventure fiction, Indigeneity and space opera, Indigeneity and the New Weird
  • challenges of publishing and distributing Indigenous Futurism

Please send submissions of 5,000-12,000 words to John Rieder by April 1, 2015. Submissions should conform to the usual requirements of Extrapolation.