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Blade Runner 2049 and Philosophy, CFA Deadline Extended.

Posted on | July 14, 2018

Blade Runner 2049 and Philosophy
edited by Robin Bunce and Trip McCrossin.

Abstracts are sought for a collection of philosophical essays related to Blade Runner 2049. The volume is to be published by Open Court Publishing, as part of their successful Popular Culture and Philosophy series (e.g., Twin Peaks and Philosophy, Westworld and Philosophy, The Handmaid’s Tale and Philosophy, and many others).

Abstracts are welcome on any topic of philosophical interest related to Blade Runner 2049. We are especially interested in work that engages philosophical issues/topics/concepts in Blade Runner 2049 in creative and nonstandard ways.

Chapters should be accessible and entertaining to a general audience. They may be critical, but should be constructively so, readers being most likely also fans. Contributors may want to consult the above or other volumes in the series (http://www.opencourtbooks.com/categories/pcp.htm).

While Blade Runner 2049 is the volume’s primary focus, we welcome work that reflects the overall storyline, including: Philip K. Dick’s original novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the original film, Blade Runner, K.W. Jeter’s trilogy of Blade Runner novels, and the short films Blade Runner 2022, Blade Runner 2036, and Blade Runner 2048.

The following is a very modest selection of overlapping areas of interest, which contributors are encouraged to work in between and beyond.

  1. Gender, sexuality, reproduction
  2. Race, ethnicity, nationality
  3. Reality, experience, their relation
  4. Identity and authenticity
  5. The nature of consciousness, of bodies
  6. Human nature/replicant nature, and the making of persons
  7. Reason, memory, empathy, and autonomy in being human, being good
  8. Politics and power, government and law enforcement
  9. Politics and society, the limits of the city, the expansion of colonies
  10. Technology and commerce, social and ecological degradation
  11. Writers and artists, in and out of Deckard’s Las Vegas library, such as Graham Greene, Franz Kafka, Vladimir Nabokov, Sergei Prokofiev, Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, Leonardo da Vinci, as well as Wallace’s and others’ religious references.

Contributor Guidelines:

  • Your abstract should be 100-500 words in length.
  • Please submit your work only by email — both in the body of a message and as a pair of attachments: one a word-processed file (preferably in Microsoft Word (with either a .doc or a .docx suffix)), the other a version of it in Portable Document Format (with a .pdf suffix) — to both Robin Bunce (rerb2@cam.ac.uk) and Trip McCrossin (trip@mccrossin.org).
  • Please include with your abstract a resume/CV for each author/coauthor (in whatever form you prefer).
  • First and subsequent drafts should be roughly 3,000 words in length (alternatively, roughly 10 pages, using 12 pt font, with one-inch margins around) and should minimize footnotes and other conventional trappings of academic writing.

Deadlines (all of them Mondays in 2018):

  1. Abstracts: by September 3
  2. Notification: by September 10 (one week later)
  3. First drafts: by October 22 (six weeks later)
  4. Initial feedback: by October 29 (one week later)
  5. Final drafts: by December 10 (six weeks later)

(Open Court has asked for a completed manuscript by the end of the year, for spring 2019 publication, which is the reason for the accelerated schedule, and why early submissions will be welcome.)

Dr Robin Bunce (rerb2@cam.ac.uk) is a historian of ideas based at Homerton College, University of Cambridge

Trip McCrossin (trip@mccrossin.org) teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey


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