Academic Area

Opportunities for scholars

Academic Call for Papers and Posters

Academic tracks at Worldcon provide an opportunity for scholars to present critical reflections and research to an interested, knowledgeable and active audience. The Academic Track at Dublin 2019 welcomes contributions from both institutional and independent scholars on a wide range of topics in a variety of formats.

Submission Form

Enter your Submission here.

The Academic Call for Papers and Posters Form is designed to capture details of your proposed presentation, session, panel, round-table or poster. In addition, per new GDPR rules, it provides us with your consent to be contacted by Dublin 2019’s Academic Programme Team and Academic Poster Exhibits Team in the future. We cannot contact you unless you fill in this form.


The form will no longer be available after the closing date of Friday, 22 February 2019, at 5:00 pm Dublin Time extended to Wednesday, 06 March 2019, at 5:00pm Dublin Time!

Important Information

The submission form is divided into two sections: Proposals and Posters. You may submit a maximum of 3 proposals, and you may submit 1 poster. We welcome single poster or proposal entries.

We will be sending out occasional updates and timelines to keep you abreast of our activities. If you should have any questions, please contact us at for Proposals (Individual Presentations, Panels, Roundtable/Discussion and Workshop Sessions), or at for Posters.

All presenters must be members of Dublin 2019 within 30 days of accepting our invitation in order to appear in the convention programme.

Call For Papers

Individual Presentations, Panels, Roundtable/Discussion and Workshop Sessions

We are particularly interested in three themes:

  1. Ireland has been home to many prominent writers in the genre, while Irish and Celtic history, culture and myth has provided inspiration for many works. We look to take this opportunity to explore this rich cultural background at Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon.
  2. We also welcome proposals which provide scholarly insights on the work of Worldcon Guests and visiting authors, and timely contemporary issues in the field.
  3. Mindful that Science Fiction is a powerful tool for envisioning the future, we welcome contributions that help the community to write a better tomorrow. These might address design fiction, future studies, or explore the relationship between work in the field and current and future societal challenges.

Proposals are welcome for:

  • Individual Presentation – one 15 minute long presentation (Papers will be grouped into panels by the committee)
  • Panel – a group of 3 related presentations of 15 minutes length each. (Each presenter will need to fill in a Call for Papers form for GDPR compliance reasons).
  • Roundtable/Discussion – a group of contributors on a specific topic moderated by one individual for a 50 minute discussion, including audience contribution
  • Workshop Session – 50 minute interactive sessions led by 1-3 presenters,  centering on participant involvement.

If you’re proposing a group event:

Let us know who else has agreed to participate, or who you (reasonably) expect to participate. We would expect that you will have discussed the proposed event with your intended co-presenters. We cannot set up group panels for you, though we might be able to assist if you’re looking for suggestions for that last spot in your group.

You may submit a maximum of 3 proposals, which may be any combination of papers, discussions, or workshops.

Call for Posters

Dublin 2019 also invites proposals for academic posters and poster presentations across the full range of academic disciplines. Proposals are welcome from presenters at any point in their career, but students and post-doctoral researchers will be eligible to enter their submissions into a competition. The competition will have two tracks: one for STEM, and one for Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. (You are invited to select the track that best fits your work.) Both tracks will have a €100 prize for the poster that best communicates its subject to the general public.