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Sunday, May 27 • 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Artificial Bodies in Contemporary Media

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How are artificial bodies represented in contemporary visual culture? These papers focus on different depictions of the constructed, mechanical, or artificial body in recent films and TV series. From perspectives on disability and gender construction, to films and TV series such as Westworld,  AI: Artificial Intelligence, Ex Machina, and Her,  these papers explore the impact of the artificial body in science fiction today, and implicitly trace the continued relevance of the Frankenstein myth in contemporary culture. 

This panel showcases work by graduate students in the Washington DC area, research conducted for an advanced seminar taught by Despina Kakoudaki and titled "Frankenstein And Beyond" (American University, Spring 2018). 

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Despina Kakoudaki

Despina Kakoudaki is an Associate Professor of Literature at American University, and director of the Humanities Lab, an interdisciplinary research center in Washington DC. She works on film and media studies, cultural studies, literature, and the history of technology. Her book, Anatomy... Read More →

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Tara Campbell

Tara Campbell (www.taracampbell.com) is a fiction editor at Barrelhouse and an MFA candidate at American University. Prior publication credits include SmokeLong Quarterly, Masters Review, b(OINK), Booth, Spelk, Jellyfish Review, Strange Horizons, and Queen Mob's Teahouse. Her debut novel, TreeVolution, was published... 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 →

Sunday May 27, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm EDT
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