SECOND Call for Papers

: Philip K. Dick and the Counterculture: SECOND Call for Papers

 We are still welcoming proposals for twenty minute presentations for either of the confirmed panels, or for shorter contributions to the creative panel, from undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and established scholars.

 

Please send a short abstract to Tom Knowles thomas.knowles@bcu.ac.uk by the 25th of March 2016.

 

If you are interested in participating in the Creative Panel, please email charlotte.newman@bcu.ac.uk to discuss ideas.

The Creative Panel will consist of work in homage to PKD, whether it be thematic, elemental or other. These can be pursued in any creative form including but not limited to poetry, flash fiction, travel writing (non-fiction) and other. A short discussion might be followed by presenters commenting on the process of writing sci-fi and/or in the style of PKD.

 

The first PKD Day to be held at Birmingham City University on Saturday 23rd of April 2016

This interdisciplinary one-day conference seeks to explore evolving conceptions of culture and the countercultural through the lens of the life and works of a countercultural figure who appears to be in danger of recuperation.

 

After the first call for papers we are pleased to confirm the outline for the day:

9.30-10.00:          Registration
10.00-11.00:        Keynote – Umberto Rossi
‘Vinyl and Tapes: P.K. Dick and the Reproduction of Sound’
11.00-11.30:        Coffee
11.30-12:30:        Panel 1: Philip K. Dick and Psychology
12.30-13.30:        Lunch
13.30-14.30:        Panel 2: Philip K. Dick and Visual Media
14.30-15.00:        Coffee
15.00-16:00:        Creative Panel
16:00-16:30:        Coffee
16.30-17:30         Discussion Panel: The Man in the High Castle

 

About PKD Day

PKD Day is an annual gathering of researchers, readers and enthusiasts interested in the work of Philip K. Dick. It has previously been hosted by Nottingham Trent University and has featured artistic, musical, cinematic and academic presentations.

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Call for Papers

Philip K. Dick and the Counterculture

The first PKD Day to be held at Birmingham City University

Saturday 23rd of April 2016

Philip K. Dick’s cultural stock has continued to rise since his untimely death in 1982, and with the past year seeing the release of Amazon’s series based on his counter-historical The Man in the High Castle, the trend seems set to continue. This one-day conference seeks to explore evolving conceptions of culture and the countercultural through the lens of the life and works of a countercultural figure who appears to be in danger of recuperation. In some ways this is not surprising: Dick’s science-fictional thought experiments are the countercultures that precede the culture, the culture-beds in which new cultures are cultivated. But how do we read Dick’s engagement with the radical psychoanalytic, marxist, feminist and race movements of the 1960s and 70s in light of his burgeoning ubiquity? How might we vouchsafe the subversive potential of his legacy?

Topics for presentations might include but are not limited to:

  • Counterculture and genre
  • Life-writing and counterculture
  • Countercultural religious experience
  • Cultural change
  • Cultural homogenisation
  • Cultural resistance
  • Drug cultures

We welcome proposals for twenty minute presentations from both creative and academic practitioners, and from undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and established scholars. Please send a 300 word outline of your idea to Tom Knowles thomas.knowles@bcu.ac.uk by the 3rd of March 2016.

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