Polish Professor Paweł Frelik : The Thomas D. Clareson Award for Outstanding Service & Promotion of SF/F

    The Science Fiction Research Association announced the winners of the SFRA Awards at the 2017 Science Fiction Research Association conference held June 28 through July 1, 2017 at the Marriott Riverside in Riverside California, U.S.A.

    Thomas D. Clareson Award (Outstanding Service & Promotion of SF/F) to Polish Professor Paweł Frelik

    Pioneer Award (Best Critical Essay-length Work)
    “Forms of Duration: Preparedness, the Mars Trilogy, and the Management of Climate Change”, Lindsay Thomas (American Literature 3/16)

    Pilgrim Award (Lifetime Contributions to SF/F Scholarship)
    Tom Moylan

    Mary K. Bray Award (Best Essay, Interview, or Extended Review in SFRA Review)
    A.P. Canavan

    Student Paper Award (Best Student Paper Presented at Previous SFRA Conference)
    Francis Gene-Rowe

    For more information, visit the SFRA website.

    Prof.Paweł Frelik

    Paweł Frelik teaches in the Department of American Literature and Culture, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland; in 2011/12 he is a Senior Fulbright Fellow at the University of California, Riverside.

    His research and teaching interests include science fiction, sf visualities beyond cinema and television, videogames, and transmedia narratives.

    He is the editor of the “European Journal of American Studies” and an editorial consultant for “Science Fiction Studies”, “Extrapolation”, and “Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds”.

    His publications include “Playing the Universe. Games and Gaming in Science Fiction” (2007), co-edited with David Mead, and articles on Richard Morgan’s fiction and Slipstream.

    Degrees and positions
    M.A. – 1994 – Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin – Projections of the World in Thomas Pynchon’s ‘The Crying of Lot 49 ‘
    Ph.D. – 2002 – Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin – Man in the World of Technology in Postmodern American Science Fiction
    Habilitation (D.Litt.) – 2015 – Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin – American Science Fiction and Its Border Media and Discourses
    Director – 2015 – Video Game Research Center, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin

    1996 – Goldsmiths College, London
    1998 – Santa Barbara, UCSB, Summer Institute for the Study of American Literature
    2001 – Salzburg Seminar, Salzburg, Austria
    2011-2012 – Senior Fulbright Fellow – University of California, Riverside

    Selected major publications
    “Return from the implants – cyberpunk’s schizophrenic futures,” Simulacrum America, eds. Elisabeth Kraus & Carolin Auer, Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2000.
    “From Jungle to Hive: The American Metropolis in Postmodern Science Fiction,” The American Metropolis. Image and Inspiration, eds. Hans Krabbendam, Marja Roholl & Tity de Vries, Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2001.
    American Portraits and Self-Portraits. eds. Jerzy Durczak and Paweł Frelik Lublin: Wydawnictwo UMCS, 2002.
    Playing the Universe. Games and Gaming in Science Fiction, eds. Dave Mead and Paweł Frelik. Lublin: Wydawnictwo UMCS, 2007.
    (Mis)Reading America: American Dreams, Fictions and Illusions. Eds. Jerzy Durczak, Paweł Frelik. Kraków: Universitas 2011.
    “Of Slipstream and Others: SF and Genre Boundary Discourses.” Science Fiction Studies 113 (March 2011): 20-45.
    “The Future of the Past: Science Fiction, Retro, and Retrofuturism.” Parabolas of Science Fiction, eds. Brian Attebery and Veronica Hollinger. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan, 2013
    “Dark Matters: Mapping Science Fiction on the Extreme Metal Continuum.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 24.2 (2013): 289-309.
    “Digital Cinema and Audiences.” Liverpool Companion to World Science Fiction Film, ed. Sonja Fritzsche. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2014, 247-264.
    “Gothic Videogames.” Expanding the Gothic Canon. Studies in Literature, Film and New Media,eds. Anna Kędra-Kardela, Andrzej Sławomir Kowalczyk. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2014, 269-286.
    “Videogames.” Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction, ed. Rob Latham. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, 226-238.

    Scholarly interests
    fantastic visualities, science fiction, videogames and transmedia, philosophy of technology, hypertext/cybertext, new media and storytelling, postmodern and experimental fiction

    European Journal of American Studies – Editor (2006-2013)
    Science Fiction Studies – editorial consultant
    Extrapolation – Editorial Advisory Board
    Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds – Editorial Board

    Membership in scholarly societies
    European Association of American Studies – Vice-President
    Science Fiction Research Association – Immediate Past President
    International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts
    Digital Games Research Association
    European Network for Cinema and Media Studies
    Society for Cinema and Media Studies

    Selected activity
    International Pynchon Week 2010 – co-organizer
    Science Fiction Research Association 2010 Conference – International Guest Scholar
    Science Fiction Research Association 2011 Conference – organizer
    Eaton Science Fiction Conference 2011 – University of California, Riverside – Advisory Committee member
    Science Fiction and Technoculture Book Prize committee, University of California, Riverside – a member


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