Science Fiction Research Association
is the oldest professional association dedicated to scholarly inquiry into Science Fiction and the Fantastic across all media.
Organizing Board and Executive Committee statement, January 21, 2021: The Science Fiction Research Association recognizes and rejects the structural inequities that led the conference organizing board and executive committee to select a keynote lineup for its 2021 conference on the theme of the future of inequality that does not reflect the diversity of the field or of our membership. We are committed to addressing this error in three forms. First, with respect to the conference itself, we are seeking additional keynote speakers and will have an update on that soon. Second, we are seeking workshop leaders to help the organization work through its own ongoing relations of inequality, who, like the keynotes, will be compensated for their time and effort. We as the executive committee also commit to doing the labor necessary to ensure that the conference is equitable and inclusive in content and form, not simply in the realm of good intentions. Third, we will hold an open meeting at the conference on ways to implement new procedures to reform the way we select both the executive committee and our conference sites and themes to prevent anything similar from happening again. We apologize to the community for the pall this fundamental and inexcusable error casts over our upcoming meeting and commit to transforming the organization to be a more diverse and inclusive space for all. Thank you to all those who spoke up and held us accountable. We hope this can be the start of necessary and generative conversations.