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Sunday, May 27 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Disability in Science Fiction

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As a genre which foregrounds the abnormal and privileges the atypical, science fiction operates as an ideal medium for the exploration and analysis of difference. Where realist (especially Modernist) fiction often reproduces normative standards through the reenactment of mainstream social discourses, science fiction offers an opportunity to celebrate both physical difference and disability as forms of embodiment and subjectivity which facilitate and encourage positive identification. Science fiction catalyzes the transition from disability as lack to disability as alterity, strength, and interconnectedness. Panelists will discuss representations of ability, disability, and super-ability in contemporary science and speculative fiction novels, exploring questions of embodiment, consciousness, identity, and agency.

Moderators
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Kenneth Rogers

English Teacher, Montebello Elementary Middle School
Kenneth Rogers has earned a Master's Degree in Education from Johns Hopkins School of Education, the number one ranked school of education in the country. Since growing up and moving from Peoria, Illinois he graduated from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio in 2008... Read More →

Speakers
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Robert Aldrich

Robert V. Aldrich is a novelist and writer based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. He writes mostly sci-fi/fantasy, and draws inspiration from anime, video games, comics, lucha libre, and even opera (no really, it’s true). Robert has three books published through Caffeine & Ink Books... Read More →
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Tracy Canfield

Tracy Canfield’s short fantasy and science fiction has appeared in Analog, Strange Horizons, and other magazines and anthologies.  Her most recent project, I, Cyborg, is a computer game set in her Intersolar universe and scheduled for release by Choice of Games in mid-2018... Read More →
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Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Staff
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Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
 Woodrow Wilson D
  Literature