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CFP: Robert A. Heinlein 1907-2007: A Century of Infinite Possibilities (10/15/06; PCA/ACA, 4/7/07-4/10/07)

Call for Academic Papers

Robert A. Heinlein Studies
An Area of the Popular Culture Association
National PCA/ACA Conference
Boston Marriott Copley Place
April 4-7, 2007
Boston, Massachusetts

See Notice of Prize Below

2007 marks the 100th anniversary of Robert A. Heinlein's birth. Centennial events and celebrations will take place throughout the year. Select papers presented at the 2007 PCA/ACA conference will be published in special Centennial issues of the Heinlein Journal. The Heinlein Studies Area invites papers, panels, artwork, and multimedia presentations related to Robert A. Heinlein, his works, and his influences. Presentations from a variety of academic and critical perspectives and disciplines are welcome and should be suitable for a 15 to 20-minute reading/presentation time limit. Please e-mail inquiries or 250-word abstracts and working bibliography (optional) to Lisa N. D'Amico, Heinlein Studies Area Chair. Deadline for abstracts and proposals is October 15, 2006. Prospective panelists will be contacted promptly via e-mail. All submissions will be acknowledged upon receipt.

Suggested topics of exploration include (but are not limited to):
The Human Diaspora
The Future History
The juveniles
Defining humanity in sf context
Cultural contexts
Popular culture and science fiction
The space program
Short stories and novels
Social structure
Critical analysis of Heinlein's works, characters, and themes

Since Heinlein's works encompass many fields of study, Heinlein Studies is not limited to science fiction or literary themes only. Presentations are encouraged from all academic areas.

Artwork can be representational of (or inspired by) Heinlein-related themes, characters, works, or other aspects of the Heinlein universe. Artists will present and discuss their work at the conference.

Visit for more information and updates leading up to the conference. Other opportunities for scholarship will be posted on the website as they become available.

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The Heinlein Studies Area of the Popular Culture Association is excited to announce that a $500 cash prize will be awarded to the best Heinlein paper presented at the 2007 National PCA/ACA Conference in Boston.

The prize, sponsored by the Heinlein Society (, will be awarded by a three-judge panel appointed by the Society.

All Heinlein Studies papers presented at the conference will be eligible for the prize.

The winning paper will be published on the Heinlein Society website. The Society reserves first publication rights to the winning paper; all other publication rights are reserved to the author.

Non-winning papers may also be considered for publication by the Society.

Please forward all inquires to Lisa D'Amico, Heinlein Studies area chair, at


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