Registration is now open for the 29th SERCIA conference:

Old and New Science Fiction Imaginaries in English-Speaking Cinema and Television

Careof, La Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano

September 2-4, 2024

Keynote speaker:
Pawel Frelik (University of Warsaw)

Scientific Committee:
Celestino Deleyto
German A. Duarte
Julia Echeverría
Christophe Gelly
Pablo Gómez
Marianne Kac-Vergne
Delphine Letort
David Roche

The 29th SERCIA Annual Conference celebrates SF, both in its manifold 21st-century manifestations and by commemorating the old and long relationship between the genre and the cinematic image, from George Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon (1902) to current ergodic and interactive narratives such as Bandersnatch (2018). We, therefore, welcome not only studies of contemporary audiovisual manifestations of the genre but also critical re-evaluations of 20th-century landmarks. We would also like to extend the debate to the analysis of different forms of speculative audiovisual fiction in order to better understand the ways in which the two main instruments for the production of the social imaginary of the last century (film and SF) have familiarised us with technological devices, dystopian social scenarios, high-tech posthuman realities, extraterrestrial presences and non-material digital universes. In other words, we propose to explore the ways in which SF and the filmic image imagined the future during the last century and, in so doing, generated our present time and sparked our own future-directed imaginations.


DEADLINE for APPLICATIONS: May 3, 2024 May 20, 2024

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Tips for your stay in Milan

In order to enjoy a comfortable stay, here is some useful information for enjoy the city and its surroundings to the fullest.

How to reach Fabbrica del Vapore:
Careof is located in Via Giulio Cesare Procaccini, 4 - 20154 Milan, in the Fabbrica del Vapore (FDV), which houses a series of workshops operating in the cultural, artistic and social sector.

The area is well connected by public transport:
Bus: 57, 91, 94
Metro: M5 Monumentale; M5 Cenisio
Tram: 10, 12, 14

and can be easily reached from the Milano Centrale railway station:

  • by tram 10: in about 20 minutes to the Via Procaccini Via Nono stop
  • with the M2 green metro line towards Abbiategrasso-Assago to the Garibaldi stop

or from Milano Garibaldi station:

  • by tram 10, approximately 10 minutes
  • with the M5 lilac metro to the Monumentale or Cenisio stop, approximately 10 minutes

Single fares cost 2.20 euros. Alternatively, you can purchase:

  • a day ticket - 24h value - at 7.60 euros
  • a ticket valid for 3 consecutive days at 13 euros
  • a carnet of 10 tickets at 19.50 euros

There are several hotels and hostels in the area, among which we recommend:

  • Hotel Parma
    Via Piero della Francesca, 48, 20154 Milan MI, 17 minutes walk from Fabbrica del Vapore

  • Hotel San Guido.
    Via Carlo Farini, 1A, 20154 Milano MI, 11 minutes walk from Fabbrica del Vapore

  • Hostel Bello Grande - Milano Centrale
    Via Roberto Lepetit, 33, 20124 Milan MI, 20 minutes by public transport from Fabbrica del Vapore

  • MEININGER Milan Garibaldi
    Via Privata Giovanni Calvino, 11, 20154 Milan MI, 14 minutes on foot from Fabbrica del Vapore

  • Hotel Residence Cenisio
    Via Privata Giovanni Calvino, 21, 20154 Milan MI, 14 minutes by public transport from Fabbrica del Vapore

  • B&B Hotel Milan Cenisio Garibaldi
    Via Messina, 38, 20154 Milan MI, 3 minutes walk from Fabbrica del Vapore

  • Hotel Mozart
    Piazza Gerusalemme, 6, 20154 Milan MI, 11 minutes walk from Fabbrica del Vapore

  • Leonardo Hotel Milan City Center
    Via Messina, 10, 20154 Milan MI, 3 minutes walk from Fabbrica del Vapore