After a tumultuous summer peppered with international conferences, and attempts to get the work-life balance right, the CRSF team is back to work on the preparations of the next conference. Before sharing news of CRFS 2018, we’d like to recap, and share our experience with CRFS 2017.
CRSF was breaking its own records in 2016 with 56 delegates in total, due in no small part to CRSF’s steady growth throughout its previous years, the amazing organising team in Glyn, Leimar, Molly and Chris, as well as the excellent Science Fiction Research Association [SFRA] conference hosted by the University Liverpool.
On 9th June 2017, CRSF returned for the seventh time with a new team eager to continue the success of the previous years. However, we made a few mistakes that we will work on next year, we managed to keep the numbers very close to the previous year’s conference, with 52 delegates in total from across Europe and further afield. We witnessed truly exciting research from first time presenters and returning speakers alike, delivering on a plethora of topics from video game theory, metafictions, queer theory, and Weird ontologies. We’d like to thank everyone who took part in the conference for their inspiring papers which continue to open new horizons for fellow researchers, and for every hit and tweet that help us to grow on our social media forums as well. This conference could never be what it is without the support and encouragement of our peers, which not only create a vibrant and exciting research community, but allow us to continue hosting a conference for such welcoming, diverse researchers.
Special thanks to our keynote speakers: Dr Bernice Murphy (Trinity College Dublin) and Dr Robert Maslen (University of Glasgow) who not only gave insightful and entertaining keynote lectures but also lead an AHRC funded DTP event, The Role of the Fantastic, on 8 June, teaming up with Dr Brian Baker (University of Lancaster) and Dr Will Slocombe (University of Liverpool).
Last but not least, we’d like to thank the University of Liverpool staff who made sure that the process of organising and hosting the conference ran so smoothly: the Rendall Building staff, and Filomena Saltao, the Administrator of the School of the Arts, and Elizabeth Farrar. Thanks also to Andy Sawyer, academic librarian for the Science Fiction Foundation collection at the University of Liverpool's Sydney Jones Library, for once again arranging for all delegates to receive free copies of Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction. Big thanks to Blackwell’s and Grace Edwards for setting up a stall providing books, carefully tailored for the conference, and as always, thanks to the staff at Il Forno, who hosted our delegates as our traditional restaurant of choice.
As always we welcome your feedback on CRSF 2017, all comments are useful and appreciated. Please leave a comment on this post, or e-mail them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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