About the SFWG

Science fiction is the distinctive fictional form of late modernity. Bridging popular and elite cultures, engaging critics and enthusiasts, scientists and humanists, it is ideally suited to lively and productive debates on questions of fundamental concern to the humanities and the social, behavioral, and physical sciences. Since its emergence as a dominant form of cultural production in the 19th century, science fiction has served as a primary medium for forecasting effects of technology and science in the human world. In an era of increased academic emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, sf studies can be an invaluable site of intervention by and collaboration with traditional humanistic inquiry.

The Science Fiction Working Group (SFWG) is an alliance of University of Florida faculty, researchers, and graduate students working in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and utopian studies. At present, the SFWG includes more than 20 members from a half-dozen units on campus, primarily in the humanities and social sciences. Through collaboration in research, teaching, and the organization of symposia and conferences, the group aims to promote interdisciplinary sf studies at the University of Florida and to raise the University’s profile in this important field.

The SFWG was formed expressly as an interdisciplinary, transnational, and transmedial scholarly group, to promote popular critical reflection and to advance research and teaching across the widest range of historical and global science fiction, fantasy, and utopian medias and cultures. Our faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized for their leading roles in these fields. Our graduate student members are working on theses and dissertations that represent the next generation of scholarship. We regularly teach innovative and popular UF courses in sf, fantasy, and utopian studies.

We welcome membership by any UF faculty or graduate student, in any discipline, with an interest in the field. If you would like to join the SFWG or be notified of upcoming SFWG-sponsored events, please contact Terry Harpold or M. Elizabeth Ginway.