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Friday, May 25
 

6:00pm EDT

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 EDT
 Woodrow Wilson D
 
Saturday, May 26
 

10:00am EDT

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 EDT
 Woodrow Wilson D

5:00pm EDT

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 EDT
 Annapolis 4
 
Sunday, May 27
 

10:00am EDT

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 EDT
 Woodrow Wilson D
  Literature, Pop Culture

12:00pm EDT

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 EDT
 Annapolis 4

3:00pm EDT

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
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 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 →
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 →

Sunday May 27, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
 Woodrow Wilson D