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Friday, May 25
 

4:00pm

Edgar Rice Burroughs, His Worlds and His Influences
Panelists will introduce Burroughs to a new generation, describe some of his many literary accomplishments, and discuss his influences on both fiction and science.

Moderators
Speakers
JH

J.G. "Huck" Huckenpohler

J. G. Huckenpöhler first discovered Edgar Rice Burroughs via the Sunday “Tarzan” strip by Burne Hogarth in the Spokane, Wash. Spokesman-Review during World War II, and discovered the Tarzan books and other Burroughs books after the war.  He has been a member of the Burroughs... Read More →
avatar for Jess Terrell

Jess Terrell

Jess Terrell is an admin in the Facebook discussion group "For the Love of All Things Edgar Rice Burroughs". That discussion group, founded January 2016, is an up and coming venue for news, discussion, and research into the worlds, characters, stories, and life of Edgar Rice Burroughs... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Aisha Matthews

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 →

Friday May 25, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson D

5:00pm

YA Science Fiction Writing Workshop
Limited Capacity filling up

This interactive writing workshop will focus on helping authors understand how to write fantasy, science fiction, and speculative fiction stories for young adults. This workshop is meant for aspiring novelists, short-story writers, and anyone else interested in learning some SF writing tips & techniques.

Space is limited to 60 students, so please add this to your My Sched to reserve a spot!

Speakers
avatar for Robert Aldrich

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 →
avatar for Jalondra Davis

Jalondra Davis

Jalondra A. Davis is a Black feminist artist-intellectual, writing, researching and educating in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from University of California, Riverside and a Masters of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California. Her research... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Aisha Matthews

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 →

Friday May 25, 2018 5:00pm - 6:50pm
 Baltimore 3

6:00pm

Frankenstein’s Monster: 200 Years Later
In recognition of the 200th-anniversary of Frankenstein's publication, panelists will will discuss the science and speculative fiction aspects of the text, consider its significance as an early prototype within the SF genre, and explore the text's present and future significance through the many questions (in particular, those of posthumanism, race, technology, and progressivism) it engenders.


Moderators
avatar for Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago. Her current book project focuses on articulating how the new technoscientific paradigm brought about by industrialization gave rise to the literary form... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Despina Kakoudaki

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 →
avatar for Barry Luokkala

Barry Luokkala

Physics professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Barry Luokkala is a teaching professor of physics at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his BS and MS degrees in physics at the University of Pittsburgh, where he did experimental research in the physics and chemistry of the ionosphere. He received his PhD in experimental condensed... Read More →
avatar for PJ Manney

PJ Manney

author, PJ Manney
PJ Manney is the author of the bestselling and Philip K. Dick Award nominated (R)EVOLUTION, book 1 in the Phoenix Horizon series, and book 2, (ID)ENTITY. She is a former chairperson of Humanity+, the author of "Empathy in the Time of Technology: How Storytelling is the Key to Empathy... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Aisha Matthews

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 →

Friday May 25, 2018 6:00pm - 6:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson D

7:00pm

Legacy Launch Party!
The Heir is Back…and only at Escape Velocity! EV 2018 cordially invites you to the pre-launch book party of the season for L.G. Ransom’s much anticipated sequel to Hollin’s Heir : Legacy of Hollin.  If you love Voltron, Power Rangers, Robotech or science fiction books in general, don’t miss your chance to snag a signed, limited edition, first run copy of the hottest new Super Sentai story in YA literature. Join the launch at 7pm on Friday, May 25th in Woodrow Wilson D - meet L.G. Ransom in person, ask her questions about her books, and listen to her read the first chapter of Legacy.

Moderators
avatar for LG Ransom

LG Ransom

L.G. Ransom, the author of Hollin's Heir and Conquering Mount Ta-Ta,  was born in Miami, Florida but grew up living in various countries around the world including Europe and the British West Indies. She is an accomplished artist who’s computer art and canvasses have graced... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Aisha Matthews

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 →


Friday May 25, 2018 7:00pm - 7:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson D
 
Saturday, May 26
 

9:00am

Unsettling "The Eternal Feminine" and Other Gender Myths
“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.

Moderators
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 →

Speakers
avatar for Anna Bedford

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 →
avatar for Sarah Canfield

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 →

Staff
avatar for Aisha Matthews

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
 Woodrow Wilson D

10:00am

Sci-Fi Languages, Dialects, and Slang
If languages are systems of interrelated, communally determined signs, it stands to reason that a genre which bends the conventions of narrative (and language itself) will be rife with complex, unconventional signs, symbols, and even intertextual references. Join our panelists in exploring the similarities and differences between created SF languages, special dialects, and slang lexicons. How do they influence readers? Do they augment or diminish the reading experience? Do they create new speech communities which transcend the boundaries of how and why a text is read? Join us to explore these questions and more!

Moderators
avatar for Aisha Matthews

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Canfield

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 →
avatar for Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago. Her current book project focuses on articulating how the new technoscientific paradigm brought about by industrialization gave rise to the literary form... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
 Woodrow Wilson D

11:00am

Female Embodiment in the Post-Apocalyptic Survival Narrative
The post-apocalyptic novel comes in many forms. Be it through biological warfare, the creation of zombies, civic unrest and revolution, or some other society-crushing event, the end of the world is a source of contemporary cultural fascination. But one thing that we never seem to discuss is the realistic set of challenges which accompany living in a post-apocalyptic world. With a move towards feminist theory and women’s and gender studies, panelists will discuss the many challenges of being a woman at the end of the (civilized) world, including nudity, contraception, menstruation, pregnancy, and termination.

Moderators
avatar for Aisha Matthews

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Anna Bedford

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 →
avatar for Sarah Canfield

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 →
avatar for Jalondra Davis

Jalondra Davis

Jalondra A. Davis is a Black feminist artist-intellectual, writing, researching and educating in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from University of California, Riverside and a Masters of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California. Her research... Read More →
avatar for LG Ransom

LG Ransom

L.G. Ransom, the author of Hollin's Heir and Conquering Mount Ta-Ta,  was born in Miami, Florida but grew up living in various countries around the world including Europe and the British West Indies. She is an accomplished artist who’s computer art and canvasses have graced... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
 Woodrow Wilson D

1:00pm

Faith and Reason: Can Science Fiction Encompass Both?
One way in which we might definine the genre of science fiction is as a literary form that generally respects the epistemic authority of scientific reason: technology instead of magic, and a universe without supernatural deities directing the course of events. Given that predisposition, is there room in a science fiction story for both reason *and* faith? This town hall-style session will feature initial statements by a few persons of faith who are also fans of science fiction, and then open up the discussion to all present at the session.

Moderators
avatar for Patrick Thaddeus Jackson

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson

Professor and Associate Dean, American University
Patrick Thaddeus Jackson is Professor of International Studies and Associate Dean for Curriculum and Learning in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. In addition to his work in the philosophy of science and the politics of national and transnational... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert Aldrich

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 →
avatar for Tracy Canfield

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 →
avatar for Holly Jackson

Holly Jackson

The Reverend Holly R. Jackson became pastor at the United Church of Christ of Seneca Valley in August 2016. Previously, she served as the Minister of Christian Education at Hope United Church of Christ in Alexandria, VA. As someone who is passionate about children and families, Holly... Read More →
avatar for LG Ransom

LG Ransom

L.G. Ransom, the author of Hollin's Heir and Conquering Mount Ta-Ta,  was born in Miami, Florida but grew up living in various countries around the world including Europe and the British West Indies. She is an accomplished artist who’s computer art and canvasses have graced... Read More →
avatar for Mark Schaffer

Mark Schaffer

Rev. Mark Schaefer is the tenth University Chaplain in American University's history, appointed to the position in September 2016 after having served for 14 years as AU's United Methodist Chaplain. He is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and is an ordained elder in the... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Aisha Matthews

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 1:00pm - 1:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson D

2:00pm

Afrofuturism Returns: Black Superhuman and Otherhuman Identities
Our discussion on Afrofuturism continues in 2018 as we expand upon last year's panel, which focused on popular afrofuturist texts, authors, and tropes. This session will aim to address representations of "superhuman" or "otherhuman" embodiment in Afrofuturist science and speculative fictions, including a discussion of the 2018 release of Black Panther, in conversation with the intersection of critical race and women's and gender studies.

Moderators
avatar for Aisha Matthews

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Jalondra Davis

Jalondra Davis

Jalondra A. Davis is a Black feminist artist-intellectual, writing, researching and educating in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from University of California, Riverside and a Masters of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California. Her research... Read More →
avatar for Ricardo Guthrie

Ricardo Guthrie

Ricardo Guthrie is associate professor & director of Ethnic Studies at Northern Arizona University. He examines political narratives of the Black Press and writes about cinema as cultural political artifacts. His most recent publications include: “Afrofuturism and the Haunting... Read More →
avatar for De Witt Douglas Kilgore

De Witt Douglas Kilgore

De Witt Douglas Kilgore is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Indiana University.  He is the author of Astrofuturism: Science, Race and Visions of Utopia in Space (2003).  His recent work includes, “This Time for Africa!: Afrofuturism as Alternate (American... Read More →
avatar for Kenneth Rogers

Kenneth Rogers

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 →


Saturday May 26, 2018 2:00pm - 3:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson D

4:00pm

Interview with a “Vampyre”... A Conversation with the Creators of Nightmares
You’ve read the books and seen the movies, now meet the creative spirits behind the horror... Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein, Vlad Tepes, and The Count.

Come listen to the stories behind the stories that kept you up at night, with some horror icons. Miss Lane delves into questions like...
  • Where did the classic science-fiction tales originate?
  • What was fiction and what was science?
  • Why was Frankenstein’s Monster so pissed off?
Starring:
  • Dean Howarth as Victor Frankenstein
  • Rachel O'Connell as Mary Shelley
  • Tony Casperite as Vlad the Impaler
  • Eric Stevenson as the Count
  • Grace Myers as Miss Lane the Moderator
  • The Monster (as himself)

Enjoy a Light Hearted Chat with the Dark Minds of terror for some irreverent fun and fascinating facts about your favorite Horror Icons!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Dean Howarth

Dean Howarth

The Natural Philosopher
Dean Howarth, a veteran physics teacher, brings history to life at museums, historic sites, festivals, conferences, schools, science and history camps, and other institutions with connections to both science and history. For over 20 years he has engaged in historical interpretation... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Stacy Bruss

Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
 Annapolis 4

5:00pm

Zombae: The Evolution of Zombies in Popular Culture
Zombies have been a part of popular culture since the dawn of fiction. Where once they were brain-washed fools and shambling corpses, today they are metaphors for natural disasters, modern consumerism, and even adolescence. Join us for a light-hearted discussion of all things zombie, from their superstitious beginnings to our modern fixation. We’ll tackle some tough questions like how much of our modern concept of zombies is rooted in racism and classism, and lighter fare like how all you need to survive a zombie outbreak is a sturdy door and a Netflix subscription.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Aldrich

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 →

Staff
avatar for Aisha Matthews

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 5:00pm - 5:50pm
 Annapolis 4
 
Sunday, May 27
 

9:00am

Science Fiction and Fantasy Characters as Dramatis Personae
Science Fiction and Fantasy (SFF) literature and television offer us textual and visual representations of what possible futures might look like, what challenges are likely to arise in in the digital age of progress, and how we might handle encountering the unknown, including the probable existence of alien life. But parallel to their ethical and speculative dimensions, SFF literature and television offer for our consideration various complex characters through whose development the text’s innermost meaning becomes intelligible, and the “human condition” is highlighted.

Upon closer examination however, many of the characters created within SFF appear to be constructed with various stock roles or “masks” in mind. This is a paper presentation panel. Presenters will analyze the functions of specific dramatic personae and the presence of stock characters in science fiction and fantasy literature, television and film, examining their roles in the construction of SF worlds, canons, cult classics, and in the interrogation of ethics.

Moderators
avatar for LG Ransom

LG Ransom

L.G. Ransom, the author of Hollin's Heir and Conquering Mount Ta-Ta,  was born in Miami, Florida but grew up living in various countries around the world including Europe and the British West Indies. She is an accomplished artist who’s computer art and canvasses have graced... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert Aldrich

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 →
avatar for PJ Manney

PJ Manney

author, PJ Manney
PJ Manney is the author of the bestselling and Philip K. Dick Award nominated (R)EVOLUTION, book 1 in the Phoenix Horizon series, and book 2, (ID)ENTITY. She is a former chairperson of Humanity+, the author of "Empathy in the Time of Technology: How Storytelling is the Key to Empathy... Read More →
avatar for Gary Morgenstein

Gary Morgenstein

Gary Morgenstein’s new science fiction novel A Mound Over Hell, set in 2098 following America’s defeat by Islam in World War Three as baseball begins its final season ever, has been called “1984 Meets Shoeless Joe.” It’s the first book in The Dark Depths series. His previous... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Aisha Matthews

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 9:00am - 9:50am
 Woodrow Wilson D

10:00am

Do You Believe in Magic?: The Narrative Construction of Magical Worlds, Creatures, and Characters
As is often the case in the examination of the mainstream literary cannon, works incorporating “traditional” magic, Afro-diasporic voodoo and Santeria, and other mystical cosmologies are frequently dismissed as non-literature in an increasingly secular and data-driven world. But by violating the laws of empirical reality, magical narratives challenge the preferred Western emphasis on science to make room for cultural, religious, and social practices inexplicable in scientific terms.

  • Ivy Roberts – “Spell-casting as Illusion-Dance: The Look and Laws of Physical Magic in The Magicians”
  • Summer Sutton – “Everything at Once yet Not Any One Thing: Reclaiming Scattered Histories in Andrea Hairston’s Will Do Magic for Small Change”
  • Erin Guydish - "It’s More than Just a Game of Thrones"

Moderators
avatar for Aisha Matthews

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Erin Guydish

Erin Guydish

Exploring literature as a way of understanding reality has long been a passion of Erin’s, from a world where one small Lorax seed and a young person could make a difference, to novels describing a world where racial prejudices are erased, then inverted, to books describing how imagination... Read More →
avatar for Ivy Roberts

Ivy Roberts

Ivy Roberts, Ph.D. is a scholar of media history and culture. She is an instructor in the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA). Dr. Roberts is the author of Visions of Electric Media: Television in the Victorian and Machine Ages (2018) and editor... Read More →
avatar for Summer Sutton

Summer Sutton

Summer Sutton is a soon-to-be PhD student at the University of California, Riverside, where she will pursue her research in feminist science studies and the intersections between SF studies and cultural studies. She currently resides in Williamsburg, Virginia but is looking forward... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 10:00am - 11:20am
 Woodrow Wilson D

10:00am

Science Fiction Writing Workshop for Teens
Limited Capacity seats available

This panel, designed for teens, will teach authors how to write science fiction short stories.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Aldrich

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 →
avatar for LG Ransom

LG Ransom

L.G. Ransom, the author of Hollin's Heir and Conquering Mount Ta-Ta,  was born in Miami, Florida but grew up living in various countries around the world including Europe and the British West Indies. She is an accomplished artist who’s computer art and canvasses have graced... Read More →
avatar for Kenneth Rogers

Kenneth Rogers

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 →

Staff
avatar for Aisha Matthews

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 10:00am - 11:50am
 Annapolis 3

12:00pm

Artificial Bodies in Contemporary Media
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). 

Moderators
avatar for Despina Kakoudaki

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Tara Campbell

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 →

Staff
avatar for Aisha Matthews

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
 Annapolis 4

1:00pm

Disability in Science Fiction
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
avatar for Kenneth Rogers

Kenneth Rogers

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
avatar for Robert Aldrich

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 →
avatar for Tracy Canfield

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 →
avatar for Aisha Matthews

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
avatar for Aisha Matthews

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
 Woodrow Wilson D

2:00pm

Why Are They Spiritual Machines? AI and Religion
Cognitive science removed the necessity for thinking about mind as an embodied soul, and replaced it with a computational theory of mind. So why is humanity so interested in making intelligent machines our spiritual companions, guides, and gods? This panel will pull together science fiction and science fact to contemplate questions of religions and machines. Are there religious motivations at work in robotics and artificial intelligence research? What should we make of literature, television, and films centered on confrontations between AIs and traditional (human) religious beliefs? What do our machines, and the stories we share about machines, tell us about the human spirit?

Moderators
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Phil Frana

Associate Dean and Associate Professor, James Madison University
Philip Frana is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and Associate Dean of the Honors College at James Madison University (Harrisonburg VA). He is currently writing a book on the history of artificial intelligence, The Past, Present, and Future of Artificial... Read More →

Speakers
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Michael Klein

Associate Professor, James Madison University
Michael Klein is Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication and Director of the Cohen Center for the Humanities at James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA). He teaches a course about zombies, and uses science fiction literature and film as a means of exploring... Read More →
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Joe Loyacano

Instructor and Academic Advisor, James Madison University
Joe Loyacano is an Instructor and Academic Advisor in the School of Media Art and Design at James Madison University (Harrisonburg VA). He teaches The Mind and Brain in Literature and Film, and his interests include art house cinema, film adaptation, new media writing, and the art... Read More →
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Barry Luokkala

Physics professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Barry Luokkala is a teaching professor of physics at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his BS and MS degrees in physics at the University of Pittsburgh, where he did experimental research in the physics and chemistry of the ionosphere. He received his PhD in experimental condensed... Read More →
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PJ Manney

author, PJ Manney
PJ Manney is the author of the bestselling and Philip K. Dick Award nominated (R)EVOLUTION, book 1 in the Phoenix Horizon series, and book 2, (ID)ENTITY. She is a former chairperson of Humanity+, the author of "Empathy in the Time of Technology: How Storytelling is the Key to Empathy... Read More →

Staff
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Stacy Bruss

Director, Event Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is a reference librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Physical Measurement Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson D

3:00pm

Transtemporal and Transdimensional Worlds
“Other worlds” are most commonly represented within the popular imagination in a surprisingly derivative fashion. Writers and producers create books, movies, and TV shows which often show us the “alien environment,” that is barren, or entirely liquid, or densely populated with exotic trees and creatures, asserting ingenuity despite their presentation of creatures and places that take recognizable forms, that can communicate easily with new races and survive meaningfully in unfamiliar surroundings. While there is much to be gained from the exploration of such worlds, this panel will shift focus towards the metaphysical, highlighting worlds that exist between time and space, pushing the boundaries of our shared reality and reshaping our conception of what constitutes a world or world making. Panelists will discuss other worlds that transcend not only place and historicity, but also the constraints of time and material existence altogether, by exploring created worlds which foreground nonlinear existence, both temporally and dimensionally.

Moderators
avatar for Barry Luokkala

Barry Luokkala

Physics professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Barry Luokkala is a teaching professor of physics at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his BS and MS degrees in physics at the University of Pittsburgh, where he did experimental research in the physics and chemistry of the ionosphere. He received his PhD in experimental condensed... 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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Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago. Her current book project focuses on articulating how the new technoscientific paradigm brought about by industrialization gave rise to the literary form... Read More →
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LG Ransom

L.G. Ransom, the author of Hollin's Heir and Conquering Mount Ta-Ta,  was born in Miami, Florida but grew up living in various countries around the world including Europe and the British West Indies. She is an accomplished artist who’s computer art and canvasses have graced... 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 3:00pm - 3:50pm
 Woodrow Wilson D