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The Science Fiction Research Collective


The Science Fiction Research Collective is dedicated to the reading, study, and analysis of American, British, and World speculative fiction, from its earliest manifestations to the present. Its central purpose is to allow for and encourage ongoing critical reading and analysis of science fiction as a cultural phenomenon, an intellectual endeavor, and a literary genre. The Science Fiction Research Collective meets six times each academic year and hosts the annual Science Fiction Research Symposium (held each fall semester) and the Science Fiction Research Roundtable (held each spring semester). The group is open to all interested faculty and students at the University of Memphis.


Meetings are generally held on the first Friday of September, October, and November (in the fall semesters) and the first Friday of February, March, and April (in the spring semesters). In those cases where the first Friday interferes with a Fall Break or a Spring Break, the group will make alternative arrangements. For news and announcements about upcoming meetings, check out the events calendar.

The Symposium:

Each fall semester, the Science Fiction Research Collective sponsors a symposium for the public in which papers related to the study of speculative fiction are presented in mini-conference style.

The Roundtable:

Each spring semester, the Science Fiction Research Collective sponsors a roundtable discussion, open to the public, in which select panelists discuss and debate some topic central to the study of speculative fiction.

For more information or to join the Science Fiction Research Collective, contact Dr. Greg Conley at or Dr. Eric Carl Link at


Department Calendar



Science Fiction Research Collective Calendar 


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