The convention will include a full academic programme track, where scholars in humanities and social sciences from around the world will dig into the concept of estrangement. Estrangement, or defamiliarisation (ostranenie), has long been crucial to our understanding of speculative fiction. Since its first appearance in Viktor Shklovsky’s essay “Art as Technique” (or “Art as Device”) in 1917, estrangement has made its way into the theories of prose fiction, of theatre, and of film, and it forms the core of some of the foundational works in the theory of science fiction, such as Darko Suvin’s definition of SF as cognitive estrangement.
The questions discussed in the Academic Track include:
For more information on the topics and speakers, tune in to the Academic Track Twitter feed @W75academic!
The Academic Track is organised in cooperation with the Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research (FINFAR), finfar.org/en/what-does-finfar-do.