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Saturday, May 26 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Unsettling "The Eternal Feminine" and Other Gender Myths

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“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman” – Simone de Beauvoir

This panel will explore texts which deconstruct the essentialist myth of "The Eternal Feminine" archetype within science and speculative fiction literatures. Panelists will discuss alternate representations of "female" power and agency, and discuss the ways in which non-traditional gender identities are helping to dismantle such views.

avatar for Jennifer Lobasz

Jennifer Lobasz

Jennifer K. Lobasz is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware, with a joint appointment in the Department of Women and Gender Studies. Dr. Lobasz's research and teaching interests include feminist international... Read More →

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Anna Bedford

Anna Bedford earned her PhD in Comparative Literature and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. She holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.Anna’s recent research and publications have focused... Read More →
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Sarah Canfield

Sarah Canfield is Assistant Professor and the Chair of the English Department at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. A lifelong reader of science fiction and fantasy, she has pursued that interest as both a fan and an academic. As a scholar, she researches, teaches, and... 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 →

Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
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