Cyberpunk Culture Conference to Happen in Cyberspace This Year #cyberpunk #cpcc20

Let’s see: An academic conference on cyberpunk, a genre of near-future dystopian fiction that deals a lot with the virtualizing of the human being, has to move from meatspace to cyberspace to hold its conference because of a devastating, corruptly-managed global pandemic. Welcome to the future, cyberpunks.

The reality of social distancing, lockdowns, and travel bans has fully interrupted the way that work functions for most scholars. Conventions, conferences and smaller social gatherings have fallen victim to the need to self-isolate. This is especially hard for a community of scholars that is singular at their given institutions (with few exceptions) and pushes forward in science fiction studies despite being the odd one out in departments and at universities. It is even harder for those young scholars starting out and beginning the academic quest and seeking knowledge and companionship – the need to network is lost to a virus grinding the world to a halt.

With physical conferences cancelled for 2020, the Cyberpunk Culture Conference (#cpcc 20) would like to offer a digital alternative for all those looking to present. We propose to hold a virtual conference on Thursday July 9th and Friday July 10th and “get together” on this website. Technical details are explained here. We invite conference presentations in two different formats and offer an alternative venue to discuss cyberpunk culture and its tangent areas.

You can read about their Call of Paper here. And you can follow them on Twitter here

This is the same academic group responsible for the new Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture. I am reading this companion now and it is excellent. It covers first wave cyberpunk, second wave, third wave, all the waves, feminist cyberpunk, indigenous futurism, the art, music, games, fashion of cyberpunk, and global expressions of the cyberpunk “mode” as they call it. It’s clearly an academic tome, so it won’t appeal to everyone, but for those looking to gain a deeper understanding of this persistent and ever-more-relevant… er… mode and its wider cultural and historic implications, this book is worth checking out.

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