“The Worlds of Whedon” Call for Proposals







Joss Whedon’s oeuvre includes writing, directing, and producing a number of hit television series, such as Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel, as well as cult favorite Firefly and its sequel motion picture Serenity, along with the controversial series Dollhouse. He is also a co-producer of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recent cinematic forays include The Cabin in the Woods, William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing along with the blockbusters, Marvel’s the Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Whedon’s works have spawned a legion of fans, who create various types of homages to him, including fiction, films, and other forms of creative works, such as jewelry, clothing, etc. In addition, academic scholarship about Whedon and his work has led to the establishment of the Whedon Studies Association along with a peer-reviewed journal, a number of conferences, and myriad books. Given this dedicated base of fans and scholars, McFarland is pleased to announce a new peer-reviewed series that will be edited by Sherry Ginn, author of Power and Control in the Television Worlds of Joss Whedon. Both monographs and edited collections are welcome.

More information can be found at the following website:


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Deadline extended – CFP Sydney Newman – Producing Television and Film Across Borders

Call for Proposals

Sydney Newman – Producing Television and Film Across Borders

Sydney Newman – Image from Doctorwhowatch.com


Probably best known as the creator of the long-running science fiction television series Doctor Who, Sydney Newman played a significant role in the production of television and film both in his native Canada and in the United Kingdom.  The Museum of Broadcast Communications describes Newman as “the most significant agent in the development of British television drama.”[1]  But this is only one aspect of Sydney Newman’s (1917-1997) professional experience.  Newman enjoyed a long and interesting career in broadcasting and films.  While his ‘claim to fame’ might very well be as creator of Doctor Who and The Avengers, he also worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as Supervising director of features, documentaries and outside broadcasts (1952-1958), the Associated British Corporation as head of Drama (1958-1962), the British Broadcasting Corporation as head of Drama (1962-1967), and the National Film Board of Canada as a film editor (1941-1949) and as Commissioner (1970-1975).  He then became a special advisor on film to the Canadian Secretary of State, and was Chief Creative Consultant for the Canadian Film Development Corporation (1978-1984).

His work at these institutions was critical in the development of Canadian and British broadcasting, and popular culture.  His influence was far-reaching.  But thus far, while there have been some studies which have taken into account the particular roles which he has played during his career, no study has taken into account his full career, to provide a more complete picture.

This peer-reviewed collection seeks to understand Sydney Newman’s career in both Canada and in Britain by curating a number of studies on his various professional roles and works. This includes providing an understanding of the world of broadcast television and film, in both countries during the 50s-70s, and the visions of culture he articulated in his work.   Articles can deal with specific aspects of his career, specific institutions, specific programs he developed, his influence as a producer/filmmaker, or administrator.  Biographical articles are also welcome.  The aim is that the collection taken as a whole will provide a balanced look at his varied career in two countries during periods of significant development and change in the entertainment industry of both.

[Please note that Sydney Newman’s Memoirs Head of Drama: The Memoir of Sydney Newman will be released by ECW Press on 5th September 2017.]

Proposals should be approximately two hundred words, and sent to gilliandoctor@gmail.com by the 30th of September 2017.  A decision will be communicated by the 30th of November, and final articles should be submitted by the 15 July 2018.


Gillian I Leitch, PhD

Independent Scholar

Co-Chair, Science Fiction Fantasy Area, PCA/ACA





Key Words: Canada, United Kingdom, National Film Board of Canada, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, British Broadcasting Corporation, Associated British Corporation, television, film, policy, public broadcasting+

[1] http://www.museum.tv/eotv/newmansydne.htm [Accessed 2 April 2017]


Sydney Newman, image from Doctorwhowatch.com



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CFP – National Conference!


Conference of the Popular and American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)

28 – 31st March 2018 – Indianapolis, IN


One of the largest and most vibrant of the association, the Science Fiction and Fantasy (SF/F) Area invites proposals for its 2018 national conference to be held at the JW Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis. The goals of our area are (1) to share and support research, scholarship, and publication and (2) to mentor emerging scholars. As a result, we invite proposals from professors, independent scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates (with the guidance of a professor).


PCA/ACA SF/F welcomes any theoretical or (inter)disciplinary approach to any topic related to SF/F:  art; literature; radio; film; television; comics and graphic novels; video, role-playing, and multi-player online games.  The SF/F Area is also interested in featuring science fiction and fantasy writers and poets. Creative writers are welcomed.


Special Session(s)


The New Women: Superheroes and Anti-heroes


The new Wonder Woman film has brought to light the portrayal of the women in superhero genre films and comics.  This special session invites proposals for papers or roundtables that discuss the role, performance and relationships of women in action movies and comics. Examples for discussion are Gamora, Nebula, Black Widow, Jessica Jones, Harley Quin, Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman.


When proposing for a special session please clearly indicate this, and contact the area chairs pcasff@gmail.com to ensure that your paper is considered for the appropriate session.


Submission Guidelines:  In Word (.doc/.docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or PDF, completed papers or 250-word proposals for individual papers, or creative writing readings should be submitted through the PCA website and only through the PCA website. If you wish to submit a panel for the conference, all presenters must submit individually through the website, and then notify the Area Chairs of your intentions to present together. Please do not include panel colleagues on the electronic submission as this confuses the program.  Instructions for submission can be found at www.pcaaca.org/conference/instructions.php and submissions made at http://ncp.pcaaca.org .


Submissions can be made on the site after July 1st, 2017.


The document should contain the following information in this order:


  • Name of presenter—indicate main contact person if submitting a multi-authored paper
  • Institutional affiliation—if applicable
  • Name and contact information of Supervising professor—undergraduates only
  • Address(es), telephone number(s), and current email address(es) of presenter(s)
  • Title of paper
  • Completed paper(s) or 250-word proposal(s)—if submitting a workshop, please specifically indicate what those in attendance will gain


Roundtables and special sessions can only be created by Area Chairs—if you wish to organize one of these sessions, please contact the Area Chairs, who will create the event for you in the schedule. Note that beginning with the 2015 conference, ALL areas are limited in the number of roundtables that can be held. If you wish to propose one, then do so as soon as possible.

The proposal will be acknowledged within 2 days of its receipt, and the sender will be notified of the submission’s status no later than 15th October 2017.  Please be aware that acknowledgement of receipt does not automatically denote acceptance.  Deadlines for submission are firm, and we cannot accept any papers made after the deadline.  Earlier submission is appreciated.


Please, do not simultaneously submit the same proposal to multiple areas. Doing so is a discourtesy to area chairs, and will result in your paper being refused. Per PCA/ACA guidelines, a person may present only one paper at the annual meeting, regardless of subject area. If you try to submit to two areas, the master program will not accept your proposals (which may result in your paper not being accepted in either area).



Submission Deadline:  1 October 2017


Each year the SF/F Area hosts a fundraising event that includes a film, snacks, and a prize raffle of DVDs, novels, academic books, etc.—thousands of dollars in merchandise. Come enjoy the food, friendship, and fun! This year’s movie will be a science fiction film, TBD. Fundraising supports area activities and, beginning with the 2011 conference, awards to the two best papers, graduate student and professional. The Student Award includes a cash prize. More details about these awards can be found at the area’s website: www.pcasff.wordpress.com. We do accept donations of items for the raffle, so if your shelves are starting to bulge under all of your SF/F memorabilia, ask yourself if you really need 3 Thor action figures. If not, then donate that stuff to us.


Please be aware that the PCA offers several (highly competitive) travel bursaries and deadlines for them are the 7 January 2018.  Check the PCA website www.pcaaca.org for more information.



Hope to see you in Indianapolis!


PCA/ACA SF/F Area Chairs


Gillian I Leitch, Sherry Ginn and Heather M Porter




Direct all enquiries to our email address:   pcasff@gmail.com


NOTE: While the PCA/ACA welcomes fresh approaches to subjects, we also appreciate serious commitment to scholarship and to presenting at the conference.


Please note that this is a professional conference and once you are accepted, your presentation becomes integral to the success of the event.  If you must cancel, please notify the Area Chairs of your withdrawal as soon as you know.  Failure to do so will impact future opportunities to present at this conference.


Next year’s conference will commence early Wednesday morning. Be advised that your panel will be assigned a time randomly by the master scheduler. We cannot change the schedule after it is completed, so please ensure that you will be able to attend the entire conference before you submit your proposal. In other words, clear your schedule from Wednesday through Saturday. We will notify you of your exact presentation time as soon as we can, but know that the program is not likely to be completed before December 1st; make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. The number of reserved rate hotel rooms is limited.


Please consult our handy guide for proposing here:





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CFP: Apocalyptic Television, 2017

Science fiction has always indicated that it is a matter of when—not if—some kind of Apocalypse will occur. When it does, what will happen to the organisms that inhabit Planet Earth? Will humans revert to some type of proto-human? Will they “rise” to the occasion and create something better? Will the strong survive, only to subjugate the weak? Will we come together as human beings to build new civilizations, or devolve as a species competing for scant resources in an environment inhospitable to our very existence? Science fiction has long explored the means and outcomes of apocalyptic cataclysms, and scholars have likewise expended considerable time and energy considering the artistic, cultural, and intellectual responses to the worst possible catastrophes the human mind can devise.

            Michael G. Cornelius and Sherry Ginn are proposing a new collection of essays specifically to examine various televisual treatments of the Apocalypse. We are particularly interested in the serialization of the end of the world. The Apocalypse, after all, is an event, a singular happening with a cause, an outcome, and a response. Yet the nature of television prolongs some or all of these aspects of the end. Television allows for an extended examination of this singular (and singularly defining) event. What has this extended observation indicated about humanity? How does the nature of the Apocalypse alter when we revisit it week after week? What does it mean when the end of the world might never actually end?

Below you can find a suggested listing of series that we would like to see discussed. This list is by no means exhaustive, and we welcome essays on any series that meets the post-Apocalyptic theme in some capacity or another. We are hoping for works that reflect the storied variety of series that have depicted some version of the Apocalypse on television, not simply those that are currently on the air. The editors plan on accepting only one essay per series (though we will also look at essays that tackle the subject matter more broadly as well). Please send a 500-word abstract and CV by the deadline indicated below.

The deadline for formal proposals is 1 August 2017, with notification of acceptance by 10 September. A first draft is expected by 1 January 2018 with final drafts due 1 June 2018. The collection is to be published by Lexington Books (a subsidiary of Rowman & Littlefield).

Please email DoctorGinn@gmail.com with your proposals and any questions you may have concerning the project.

Sherry Ginn, PhD

Rowan Cabarrus Community College

1531 Trinity Church Rd

Concord, NC 28027



Casshan (1973-1974)

Planet of the Apes (1974, TV series)

The Changes (1975)

Survivors (1975-1977)

Ark II (1976)

Battlestar Galatica (1978-1979)

Thundarr the Barbarian (1980-1981)

The Tripods (1984-1985)

V (1984-1985)

War of the Worlds (1988-1990, TV series)

Not with a Bang (1990)

Woops! (1992)

Cadillacs and Dinosaurs (1993-1994)

Earth 2 (1994-1995)

Dragon Flyz (1996-1997)

Deepwater Black / Mission Genesis (1997)

Crusade (Babylon 5 spinoff, 1999)

The Last Train (1999)

Blue Gender (1999-2000)

Thunderstone (1999-2000)

The Tribe (1999-2003)

Chris Colorado (2000)

Cleopatra 2525 (2000-2001)

Dark Angel (2000-2002)

2030 CE (2002-2003)

Jeremiah (2002-2004)

Desert Punk (2004-2005)

Battlestar Galatica (2004-2009)

Jericho (2006-2008)

Grand Star (2007-2008)

Casshern Sins (2008-2009)

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008-2009)

Survivors (2008-2010)

Power Rangers R.P.M. (2009)

Life After People (2009-2011)

V (2009-2011)

The Walking Dead (2010-)

Terra Nova (2011)

El Barco (2011-2013)

Falling Skies (2011-2015)

Day Zero (2011-)

Revolution (2012-2014)

Under the Dome (2013-2015)

Attack on Titan (2013-)

Dominion (2014-2015)

Guardians Evolution (2014-2015)

Knights of Sidonia (2014-2015)

The 100 (2014-)

The Last Ship (2014-)

The Leftovers (2014-)

The Strain (2014-)

Z Nation (2014-)

The Refugees (2015)

You, Me and the Apocalypse (2015-2016)

12 Monkeys (TV series, 2015-)

Between (2015-)

Fear The Walking Dead (2015-)

Into the Badlands (2015-)

The Last Man on Earth (2015-)

Zoo (2015-)

Aftermath (2016)

Containment (2016)

3% (2016-)

Colony (2016-)

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (2016-)

Travelers (2016-)

Van Helsing (2016-)

Extinct (2017-)


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Call for Papers – Star Trek Voyager, 2017

[CFP] Star Trek: Voyager

deadline for submissions: 

Oct. 28 2017

full name / name of organization: 

Robert L. Lively/Truckee Meadows Community College

contact email: 


In 1995, Star Trek: Voyager launched in a way very different from its predecessor series.  Voyager took place thousands of light years from the Federation, and it contained a multi-ethnic crew with a female captain.  Voyager, in a sense, encapsulated the American zeitgeist of the 1990s when major demographic changes were transforming the population of America, and the post-Cold War era left us wondering what strategic alliances would mean moving forward. The series challenged the nature of the American mindset at the time.

This edited collection attempts to ask the questions, what can we learn from Voyager looking back on the series, and in what ways does Voyager show us a path forward as the world is still changing demographically and politically? It is in this spirit that we invite proposals of 250-300 words dealing with literary, political, historical, and/or other critical interpretations of the series or characters.

McFarland Publishers has expressed strong interest in the collection.

Abstracts (300 words max) are due for submission on 28 Oct. 2017. Please send your abstracts, together with a short bio (100 words max), to the editor of the collection, Robert L. Lively/ rlively@tmcc.edu. Authors whose abstracts are accepted for inclusion will be notified by 30 Nov. 2017. Full chapters of 6,000-7,000 words in MLA format will be due on 1 May 2018.


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Call for Papers, Apr 30 2017

Journal of Science and Popular Culture
The integral place of science in global society as well as the proliferation of science and technology on television, in films, and across the internet, makes it more important than ever to examine the dynamic and complex connections between popular culture and science. 
Working with a distinguished international board, the Journal of Science and Popular Culture – a new, peer-reviewed academic publication – aims to create a unique forum in which to analyse, chronicle, and interpret the interrelationship of science and society. Contributions from academics, scientists, communicators, industry professionals, practitioners, and others with an interest in the interface of science and culture are now invited. The first issue will be published October 2017 with ongoing publication starting 2018.  Submissions for the first issue must be received by April 30.
Further information about the journal and its board can be found at:
Full articles of 6,000-8,000 words (inclusive of notes, references and other material), shorter proposals, and inquiries can be sent to Steven Gil:
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Schedule for SFF Area – PCA 2017

Wherefore the Apocalypse?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – 11:30am to 1:00pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Shots Fired: Sexuality, Race, and The 100’s Ship Wars Michelle Maloney-Mangold Paper
Doomed To Repeat It: The 1OO vs. Wynonna Earp and Why Hollywood is Stuck in a Loop of Killing Lesbians Kate Dessart Paper
Mall’ed to Death: How Monuments, Malls, and Online Shopping Shape Post-Apocalyptic Narratives Alana Renee Milliord Paper

Human, Post-Human, Trans-Human: Redefining Identity in the New Millennium #1

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Beyond the Turing Test: Gender and Identity in Ex MachinaMachine and Uncanny AJ DeLong Paper
“Iron Man Can’t Be A Woman” or T. S. Eliot’s Great Tradition Collides with Millennial Transtructuralism Jamie Dessart Paper
The Zombie Acceptance Movement in the Era of Anthropo-Exhaustion Eva R Hudecova Paper

TV and Film #1

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Agents and Inhumans from Hydra to Hive: Examining Groups and Group Dynamics in Marvel’s Agents of Shield Heather M. Porter Paper
Doctor Who: Time Lord of Whiteness Julie Martin Paper
I Have to Face Him: Jessica Jones and the Shadow-Self Robert L. Lively Paper

TV and Film #2

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – 4:45pm to 6:15pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Memory as Narrative: Eliza Hamilton and Rey Construct History Heather Urbanski Paper
The Ending of Ender’s Game: Towards a Theory of (Mis)Reading Brent Gibson Paper
The Flash, the Shutter, and the Traumatic Sublime: Working Through Photographs of Animal Trauma in the Fantasies of Clive Barker (and the “Real World”) Tony Vinci Paper
“Everybody’s programmed, Boyd” Brainwashing and Conditioning in the Whedon and Marvelverses Sherry Ginn Paper

Terry Pratchett

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – 8:15pm to 9:45pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Something That Gods Are: Acts of Creation in Terry Pratchett’s Early Science Fiction Kristin Noone Paper
The Civilizing Process in Terry Pratchett’s Unseen Academicals: Sport, Colonization, and State Violence. Julia Rogers Paper
Tropes and Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards!: Carrot Ironfoundersson and the Intersection of Popular Fantasy and Medieval Romance Emily Lavin Leverett Paper

Science Fiction Explorations of African Myths and Cultures

Thursday, April 13, 2017 – 9:45am to 11:15am (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Voicing Silence as a “Place of Struggle” and Empowerment in the Work of Octavia Butler Kim Kirkpatrick Paper
Imagined and Real: Dystopic Dreams and Nightmarish Realities of African American Culture Jay Axline Gentry Paper
Super Black: The Transformative Power of Fantasy and Black Speculative Fiction Marcus Haynes Paper
What the Signs Say: African Symbology in L.A. Banks’ Vampire Huntress Legend N. A. Pierce Paper

Celebrating 50 Years of Star Trek

Thursday, April 13, 2017 – 11:30am to 1:00pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Where No Woman Has Gone Before. Captain Kathryn Janeway, Breaking Barriers or Reinforcing Stereotypes. Michelle Tabit Paper
We Make It So: Queer Futures and Utopic World Building in Star Trek: The Next Generation Solana Willis Paper
“I’ll Chase Him Round Perdition’s Flames Before I Give Him Up!”: Moby-Dick, Star Trek, and the Meaning of a Text H Peter Steeves Paper
Can The [Pre-Warp Communities] Speak?: An Away Mission Exploring Star Trek’s Colonialist Foundations (And Hopefully Rescuing It From Them). Daniel Pierce Paul Paper
Captain’s Log, Stardate 9.11.2016: Inside Star Trek’s 50 Year Mission Elizabeth Anne Thomas Paper

Great Authors of Science Fiction

Thursday, April 13, 2017 – 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Orwellian Rhetoric in The Fixed Period Dominick Grace Paper
Tolkien’s Unforeseen War Experiences in The Lord of the Rings Nora Alfaiz Paper
Prime Dick: Streaming The Man in the High Castle Jake Jakaitis Paper

Techology and Culture #1

Thursday, April 13, 2017 – 4:45pm to 6:15pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)

Presenters Presentation type


Presenters Presentation type
Alien ex Machina: An Examination of the Alien Artifact in Corey’s Expanse Series Stan Hunter Kranc Paper
Sailor Moon: Surveillance, Technology and Culture in 20 Years. Stéfy McKnight Paper
The Furious Road to Ozploitation: Examining the Culture Stereotypes within Mad Max: Fury Road Brandon Shepherd Paper
Alienation of Labor: Visions of Utopia in Mad Max: Fury Road MaryKate Messimer Paper

Open Mic: Creative Reading

Thursday, April 13, 2017 – 8:15pm to 9:45pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Creative Writing Reading: The Werewolf and His Boy Warren Rochelle Creative work


Heroes, Superheroes, Heroines, Superheroines?

Friday, April 14, 2017 – 8:00am to 9:30am (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Wonder Woman’s 75th Anniversary: Celebrating the Amazing Amazon Thomas Parham Paper
“You have that power too”: The Force Awakens and the Heroine’s Journey Valerie Estelle Frankel Paper
The Continuing Evolution of the Superhero Genre Ryan Lagerstrom

Tyler D. Welch

“It’s Just Me”: Grimm’s Monroe and the Liminal Hero Tradition of Spock and Spike Rhonda V. Wilcox Paper

Human, Post-Human, Trans-Human: Redefining Identity in the New Millennium #2

Friday, April 14, 2017 – 9:45am to 11:15am (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
“[S]omeone else sometimes”: Down the Rabbit Hole and Through the Looking-Glass in Orphan Black Buket Akgün Paper
cDNA in Orphan Black: Surplus Life, Sterility, and the Castor Virus Jessica Lee Mathiason Paper
That’s Pretty Ugly: How Uglies Confronts Plastic Surgery As a Necessity In Youth Robyn Amada Tilley Paper

Publishing your SF/F Nonfiction with McFarland

Friday, April 14, 2017 – 11:30am to 1:00pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Publish Your SF/F Book with McFarland Donald E. Palumbo Paper

Contemporary Authors

Friday, April 14, 2017 – 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Climate and Fantasy: Sanderson’s Mistborn Trilogy as Geoengineering Elizabeth Callaway Paper
Carry on my wayward Fangirl: fanfics of fanfics of fanfics in Rainbow Rowell Jodie Alexander Paper
Kubo and the Two Strings: Reimagining the Stop-Motion Monstrous Progeny Michelle Smith Paper
Mythic Resonances and Techno-Cultural Representations in Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon Edward Ardeneaux IV Paper

Technology and Culture #2

Friday, April 14, 2017 – 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Reconstructing Posthuman Masculinity in Almost Human Patrick B. Sharp Paper
Networked Subjectivity: Mr. Robot, Corporate Personhood, and Resistance Movements Sherryl Vint Paper
“When Animals Bite Back:” The Representation and Work of Nonhuman Animals in Recent Science Fiction Television” Sharon Sharp Paper

Using Science Fiction Texts to Address Contemporary Issues

Friday, April 14, 2017 – 4:45pm to 6:15pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Artful Stealing and Convergent Dodging : Analyzing Divergent and Convergent thinking in creative control, temp music, and Stealing Like an Artist Abraham Eli Mullican Paper
The Monstrous within & without: Using Vampires To Explore First Year Goals U Melissa Anyiwo Creative work
Monsters and millenials: navigating writing, rhetoric, and mental health Lisa Nevarez Creative work

Science Fiction Fantasy Movie Night

Area Meeting and Film screening

Friday, April 14, 2017 – 6:30pm to 10:00pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)Session chair:Gillian Leitch

Monty Python and the Holy Grail!

Followed by our annual SFF Raffle with proceeds going to the area and our paper awards.


Magical Girls, Magical Boys

Saturday, April 15, 2017 – 9:45am to 11:15am (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
So…This Is Love? The Evolution Of Disney’s Princes Lauri Evans Deason Paper
Passive Magic and Naming in the Harry Potter Universe Hannah Megna Paper

Stranger Things

Saturday, April 15, 2017 – 11:30am to 1:00pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Stranger Things, Dungeons & Dragons, and the Limits of Cold War Cultural Narratives Timothy L Glenn Paper
Stranger Things: Examining the Show’s Terror and Horror as Shown through the Characters and Setting Joshua Akens Paper
Dungeons and Dragons, Winona Ryder, and Wood Paneling: Pervasive Nostalgia in Stranger Things: A Proposal Heather Roberts Paper
Moms and Monsters: Maternal Abjection in Stranger Things Stephanie Alexander Paper

Explorations of Trauma in SF Television and Film

Saturday, April 15, 2017 – 1:15pm to 2:45pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
“Not Looking to Hug and Cry and Learn and Grow”: Faith and Trauma in Buffy and Angel Alyson Buckman Paper
Say My Name, Say My Name, Why Did You Say That Name? PTSD and Trauma in Batman v Superman Nicole Drew Paper
“Life Is Full Of Possibilities”: Reformulating Jaime Lannister’s Violent Hegemonic Masculinity Through Fantasy Conventions In A Song Of Ice And Fire And ‘Game of Thrones’ Tania Evans Paper
Feeling their sorrow: Fan reactions to characters’ death in HBO’s Game of Thrones Elisabeth Beaunoyer Paper

Canadian Influences on/in Science Fiction

Saturday, April 15, 2017 – 3:00pm to 4:30pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)

Presenters Presentation type


Presenters Presentation type
Hidden in Plain Sight: the Canadian Influence on SFF Gillian Leitch Paper
African Deities at Canadian Borders in Nalo Hopkinson’s Sister Mine: Afrofuturist Visions of Cultural Infusion Cherie Ann Turpin Paper
From Surréal to Montréel: A Historical Look at Québec’s Imagined Futures and Fears Caroline-Isabelle Caron Paper

Origin Stories, Death Struggles

Saturday, April 15, 2017 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm (Marriott Grand Ballroom 2)


Presenters Presentation type
Some People Call him a Space Cowboy: Kanan Jarrus, Outer Rim Justice, and the Legitimization of The Obama Doctrine Derek Sweet Paper
Stories of Letters and Graphemes: Diversity and Extinction in Languages and Species Rhona Trauvitch Paper
Where the Little Robots Come From: Origin Stories of the Technicised Other Lisa Meinecke Paper


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