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Multiverse Convention (Multiverse Convention)

Atlanta, GA
Organization: Multiverse Convention
Event: Multiverse Convention
Categories: Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy
Event Date: 2023-10-20 to 2023-10-22 Abstract Due: 2023-06-30

Multiverse Convention 2023

Event Date & Location: October 20-22, 2023, Westin Atlanta Perimeter North


Deadline for Submissions: June 30, 2023


Name of Organization: Multiverse Convention


Organization Website: https://www.multiversecon.org


Contact Email: Rhonda Jackson Joseph, Learn@Multiversecon.org




Multiverse Convention was formed from our belief that great stories don’t only come from the books and comics we love to read. Each fan is their own universe as well, with their own unique story to tell. Added together, these infinite stories create the Multiverse of modern fandom.


This Multiverse also informs the creation of works of speculative fiction, a body of work encompassing every imaginable academic field. In this light, we seek to create a multidisciplinary academic program that will showcase the innumerable ways speculative fiction is inspired by various branches of academia. 




Multiverse Convention is seeking academic presentations of 15, 25, and (a limited number) 45 minutes in length for the 2023 convention. While we require presentations to reflect rigorous academic scholarship, we are not requesting conference paper readings. Presentations only, please.


We are seeking presentations that approach an academic topic in a way that non-academic audiences will find accessible and entertaining. Ideally, presentations will incorporate a core theme or topic of interest to speculative fiction fans.


Example topics may include, but are not limited to:


An interesting historical event that garners immense speculation. What really happened?


A comparison between modern governments and dystopian societies


The application of a sociological lens in examining a popular speculative fiction TV show or movie


From a scientific angle, could one of the monsters from horror tropes really exist?


How might the fantasy elements of speculative fiction lend themselves to child development in teaching various lessons?


A chemistry presentation that teaches children how to create spider webbing


A presentation on new, emerging technologies or scientific breakthroughs (e.g., artificial intelligence, biotech, space travel, etc.)


Presentations on specific authors, works of fiction, or genres within speculative fiction are also welcome. Of particular interest are presentations on the works of any of our Guests of Honor and/or focusing on voices within speculative fiction that are not typically amplified.


Please note: we would like to include at least one presentation per convention day that fits our theme and is targeted to a child/family friendly audience, so please submit those presentation proposals, as well. Our definition of child/family targeted includes any images, videos, or handouts accompanying the presentation.


Please provide the following in your submission:


300-500 word abstract


Preliminary bibliography


Length of presentation (15, 25, or 45-minute category)


150-word biography (should reflect academic credentials)


Any required props or specialized A/V equipment


Do you have any special accommodations or other requests we should be aware of?


What are your pronouns?


Email your submissions and/or questions to Rhonda Jackson Joseph at: Learn@Multiversecon.org


Accepted presenters will receive a complimentary Multiverse membership for 2023 and may be invited to participate in other panels within the convention’s other programming tracks. If you would like to be considered for other programming at the convention, separately or in conjunction with your proposed academic presentation, please fill out our guest application here.


Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis up until June 30th. Acceptances will be sent out no later than July 31.



Rhonda Jackson Joseph