SFF Schedule – 2015

  • PCA – Science Fiction Fantasy

2015 Schedule

(Unless otherwise stated, all presentations will be in Balcony M)

April 1st

1338 – This Doesn’t Happen on Network TV!


  • Maybe a Circle, Maybe a Square: Redefining the Love Triangle and Teenage Infatuation in Teen Wolf Joe Baumann
  • MTV Challenges the Masculinity of Leadership, Power, Villainy: Teen Wolf’s Matriarchs and Femme Fatales Sami Richardson
  • A Day Late, a Dollar Short, and Saving the World: Precarious Superheroes on the CW/WB Michelle Maloney-Mangold


1340 – Culture Wars


  • Culture Wars in Space: Babylon 5, Deep Space Nine, and the Meaning of the Past Margaret Weitekamp
  • Pavel Klushantsev and his Attempt to Resuscitate Russian Science Fiction Film after Stalin Cathleen Lewis
  • Pure Science Fiction Noah Nevills


Sci-Fi/ Fantasy and Philosophy I

Religion and Star Wars

11:30 am

  • “Know the Dark Side”: A Theodicy of the Force Jason Eberl
  • Dark Times: The End of the Republic and the Beginning of Chinese Philosophy Kevin Decker
  • The Platonic Paradox of Darth Plagueis: How could a Sith Lord be Wise? Terrance MacMullin
  • Of Battle Droids and Zillo Beasts: Moral Status in the Star Wars Universe James M Okapal

Sci-Fi/ Fantasy and Philosophy II

Ethics and Technology


  • What the Frak? Medical, Research & Military Ethics Issues in Battlestar Galactica (additional co-author: Sean Philpott-Jones) David Perlman
  • Biomancy: The Modular Body, Biohacking, and the Ethics of Installing Magnets in Your Fingers James Malazita
  • Techno-Utopic Motivations and Our Dystopic Vision of Artificial Intelligence Clint Jones
  • Deferring Defiance: Moral Challenges to the ideal society in “Defiance.” Darci Doll


Sci-Fi/ Fantasy and Philosophy III

The Dark Side and Other Corruptions


  • Individuality, Action, and Exclusion in Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 Brooke Schueneman
  • The Sovereign Dr. and His Subjects: an Examination of Representations of Biopolitical Power in Dr. Who Gabi Kirilloff
  • Torture in the Public Square: The Clone Wars, the War on Terror, and the Path to the Dark Side Derek Sweet
  • Why Must the Force Have a Dark Side? George Dunn

Sci-Fi/ Fantasy and Philosophy IV

Fantastic Ethics and Epistemologies


  • The Evil Queen: A Deontological Journey in ABCs Once Upon a Time Megan Netherland
  • The Role of Innocence in Disney Isadora Mosch
  • Hail Caesar!: A Lacanian Analysis of Planet of the Apes’ Revolutionary Chimpanzee Chad Timm
  • Infinity, ad infinitum Laura Duncan


April 2nd


318 – An Exploration of the Fantastic


  • A Shift in Shifters Juanita Evans
  • Swimming in virtual seas: Mermaids from fiction to (virtual) reality Matthieu Guitton
  • Welcome to Guyland: Masculinity in Young Adult Urban Fantasy Rhonda Nicol
  • Kushiel’s Legacy and the Legacy of Dark Fantasy Jessica Birch


2322 Pedagogy: The Challenges of Using Science Fiction in the Classroom

11:30 am


  • Speculative Fiction and Religion: Enemy Combatants or Fellow Pilgrims? Suanna Davis
  • “The World’s Going to End Bloody”: Teaching The Dresden Files and TV’s Supernatural at a Christian College Jamie Dessart
  • Lumos!: Illuminate Your Students’ Learning Through Harry Potter Alicia Skipper
  • Teaching Dystopia in a Kardashian World: The Challenges and Benefits to Using Dystopian Themes in the College Classroom Danielle Herget



2324 Star Trek Universe

115 pm

  • The Epochs of Humanity: Reflections of the Enlightenment in Star Trek: The Next Generation Justin Berardi
  • The Final Frontier: Race and Gender in J. J. Abrams’ Rebooted Star Trek Universe John Carlberg
  • The Women of the Delta Quadrant: An Exploration of Female Agency in Star Trek: Voyager Megan McDonough
  • The Depiction of Racial and Ethnic Difference in American Sci-fi Television Shows Yvonne Leach


Meet and Greet SFF



Come and meet the other presenters from the area, make new friends and network like crazy!


Publishing Science Fiction and Fantasy

445 pm


2326 – Whedonverse


    • Defying the Stereotype: Women of Firefly in Male Dominated Careers Sara Chappell
  • Charting the Mental State of Buffy the Vampire Slayer through Men: A Study of the Relationships between the Slayer and the Men in Her Life Sharai Bohannon
  • Through All of Time and Space: The Roles of Black Women in Science Fiction Television Mia Lawrie


  • “She’s not to be bought. Nor bartered, nor borrowed or lent.” The Feminist Underpinnings of Captain Malcolm Reynolds in Joss Whedon’s Firefly & SerenityBy: Robert J. Sanders Robert J Sanders


2328 – Another Look at Some Classic SFF Films



  • Blade Runner: Confronting the Frightening Replicants We Unknowingly Created from Our Discarded Humanity Michelle Smith
  • Womb Envy: The Alien Franchise and Female Reproduction Anxiety Ivan Rodden
  • When Ripley Looks: Female Gaze and Liminality in the Alien series Amandine Faucheux
  • Taking William James and Carl Jung aboard: A pragmatic and archetypal reading of Spielberg’s Close encounters of the third kind Tom Peterson



April 3rd 


3294 – Exploring Time in Science Fiction



  • The Last Best Hope for Peace:” Using Time Travel to (Re)Set the Future in Babylon 5 Sherry Ginn
  • Nostalgia or Swashbuckling: Affect on Time Travel Television Caroline-Isabelle Caron



  • The lure of presentism: an examination of the far future in science fiction television. Korcaighe Hale

3296 – Marvel Universe

945 am

  • A Narrative Case for Marvel CU & other Genre Franchises Heather Urbanski
  • Avengers Aftermath: The Ramifications of Alien Invasion in the Marvel Mediaverse Rikk Mulligan


  • Marvel v. DC: When Cineverses Collide Thomas Parham


3298 – Doctor Who

1130 am

  • It takes a good man to be a good Dalek: Technology and identity in Doctor Who April Toadvine
  • “A Big Ball of Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey Wimey…Stuff:” Applications of Narratology in BBC’s Doctor Who Fernando Rodriguez


  • Spoilers: The Transgressive Invitations of River Song’s Writing in “Doctor Who”Saba Razvi

3300 – Children of Earth and Beyond


  • Holden Caulfield, Hogwarts Grad, Rules Narnia: Intertextuality in Lev Grossman’s Magicians Trilogy Ellen Stengel
  • I ‘Dune’ Want to Grow Up: Revisiting the Personal Crucible in Frank Herbert’s Dune as a Modern Narrative in Response to Kidults and The Death of Adults in American Culture. Abraham Mullican
  • Science Fiction and the Science of Sport: Culture and History Derek thiess


  • The Hero as Everyday Consumer in Robin Hobb’s Assassin Series Anca Rosu

3302 – Steampunk/Cyberpunk/Biopunk


    • Psychology is Technology: A Steampunk Reading of Alice: Madness Returns Jennifer Kelso Farrell
  • The Data Must Flow: Snow Crash, Hackers and a Cyberpunk Political Philosophy of the Internet Ryan Cox
  • Steam Powered: Cultural Capital and Empowerment through Steampunk Participation Kacie Hoppe


  • “The Flesh Is A Machine”: How Posthuman Transformations Emphasize Human Qualities Adam Freeman

3304 – Exploring Identity I: Queering the Self and the Other

3pm Balcony N

  • Here We Are, Here We Should Be: An Examination of the Rhetoric of Gay Retellings of Fairy Tales Warren Rochelle
  • The Queerness of the Other in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Chris Larimore


  • Identity Formation, Gladiatorial Combat, and Spartacus: Blood and Sand Michael Cornelius


3306 – Cultural Angst

445 pm

  • Organisms of the Archive: Tracing Existential Anxieties through the Evolution of Human Archive Technologies Jeremy Haynes
  • Suburban Anxiety in Jack Finney’s The Body Snatchers Elisa Faison
  • Real Intimacy is Unnatural: Deleuze, Timothy Morton, and Octavia Butler’s “Bloodchild” Michael Rowe


  • Progressive Societal Discrimination and Social Power in Gattaca Leanne Foster

3518 – Heroes, Superheroes and Antiheroes

445 pm Balcony N

  • Unlikely Heroes: Considering Blackness and Disability in Speculative Fiction Toni Calbert
  • Up, Up, and Away: The Rise of the Superhero Genre Tyler Welch
  • A Good Man Survives the War: An Analysis of the Doctors Madness Using the Four-Factor Model for PTSD Romeo Cerimele


  • Grey Wardens And The White Wolf: Moral Fluidity in Players, Characters, and Monsters in The Witcher and Dragon Age: Origins Caleb Metott








PCA/ACA Eminent Scholar: Dan Cameron

6:30 Carondelet


3308 – Gender and Gender Roles

630 pm

  • A Hollywood “Herland”?Spike Jonze, Science Fiction, and Gender Sean Murray
  • Bots, Droids, and Genders (Oh My) Ashley Lunsford
  • Variation Without Negation in Joanna Russ’s The Female Man Stephen McCulloch


3310 – Exploring Identity II: Race, Ethnicity and the Alien Other

815 pm


  • Unworking Race and Time in Asian American Science Fiction Anthony Shiu
  • Disrupting the Master Narrative: Afrofuturism and Black Feminism in Nalo Hopkinson’s The Salt Roads Cherie Ann Turpin
  • Bugs on the Battlefield: Mapping the Alien Combat Film Lisa Han




April 4th

4170 – Genre

8 am

  • Multi-Dimensionality: Science Fiction as Metaphysic Wardrobe Gregory Delapaix
  • The Chosen Paper Stephanie Mabry
  • The End of History and the Technological Imperative in the Science (Fiction) of Alastair Reynolds Stan Hunter Kranc



4172 – Literary Theory and Devices

945 am

  • Shadowing and Foreshadowing in Alfred Bester’s The Stars My Destination Donald E Palumbo
  • Sources for Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Jake Jakaitis
  • Restarting History in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn Series Brandon Kempner
  • “I am the law.”: Disciplinary Careers, the Carceral System, and the Theatre of Punishment in Dredd Pedro Rios



4174 – Comes the Apocalypse

1130 am

  • “‘Metallically black’: Bigger Thomas and the Black Apocalyptic Vision of Richard Wright’s Native Son” Isiah Lavender III
  • “I sure as hell ain’t your dad”: A New Model of Fatherhood and Masculinity in Dystopian Fiction Kassandra Tramel


  • Dystopic Optimism or Pessimism: Only Time Will Tell Tibor Munkasci

4176 – Speculative Fiction

115 pm

  • Fashioning the Future, Fashioning Ourselves: Reading Speculative Fiction through the Lens of Fashion Studies Meagan Proctor Kavouras
  • The surveillance society in pre- and post 9/11 Speculative Fiction: a corpus-based study Joe Trotta
  • The Casusal Consistency: Persistence of Trope and Theme in J. K. Rowling’s Post-Harry Potter Novels Thomas DuBose


  • Who’s Your Doctor? 12 Faces, 12 Personalities, ONE True Choice Elizabeth Thomas

4180 – Potpourri I: Television and Film

3 pm

  • ‘Valar Dohaeris’: Problems of Transmedia Storytelling in Game of Thrones Rebecca Willoghby
  • Interactive Illusion: “Playing” the Game of Thrones Annie Ellingham Krogh
  • The Man in the Mirror: Masculinity and Post-Human Identity in the RoboCop Origin AJ DeLong
  • Consensual Mass Hallucinations: Celebrity Culture and Technological Nova Diane Ward



4178 – Potpourri II: Phenomenon, Genre, and Gender

445 pm


    • “A Blue Box, a Liberating Starship, a Green Insect Cruiser, and an Underground Lair: The Phenomenological Meanings of Cult Sci-Fi Headquarters and Objects” Tom Powers
    • Stargate and Said: Science Fiction and Colonial Power Robert Lively
    • Exploring Postcolonial Science Fiction: Genre Locations, Space Utilizations Jessica FitzPatrick
  • Black Widow and the Marvel Girls: A Quantitative Examination of Female Representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Heather M Porter



General Meeting

630 pm






SFF Movie Night – Swamp Thing (1982)


8:15 pm

Balcony M


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