National conference Science and “Non-Science” Fiction was held at the Institute of Philology and Cross-Cultural Communication on November 16-17. It was dedicated to the 350th anniversary of Jonathan Swift's birth and the 125th anniversary of Ronald Reuel Tolkien's birth. These outstanding authors belonged to different epochs, but both became the founders of the genre.
The conference was organized by the Department of Russian and World Literature.
For the first time, this Department addressed to the problems of Science Fiction in December 2015, when the first conference on the problems of modern Science Fiction was held dedicated to the 95th anniversary of Ray Bradbury's birth. It attracted many young researchers and showed that the genre was one of the most popular among young adults.
This year the theme of the conference is broader, it involves what the organizers call “Non-Science” Fiction – Speculative Fiction, including fantasy, Magic Realism, horror, and other aspects.
Students, graduate students and young scholars from Kazan, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Saratov and even far away Krasnoyarsk Krai came to participate in the conference sessions and workshops.
During the discussions, it became clear that the dynamic development of Science Fiction in the 21st century, and its transformation into new forms and genres, so-called “Non-Science” Fiction, and their penetration into the other arts, visual first of all, need theoretical basis. It defined the relevance and importance of the problems raised. Different national literatures and various genres were presented by the participants of the conference. As a result, the conference turned into a live and sometimes even entertaining academic forum of young scholars who are the real fans of modern Science Fiction.