Conference Schedule, 2016

1062 – (Mis)Reading Patrick Rothfuss

Session chair

Stan Hunter Kranc

Occurs at

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 – 11:30am – 1:00pm

Presentations

Title Presenter Affiliation Presentation type
Soap Making, Metheglin, and Anachronism in Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles Stan Hunter Kranc The Pennsylvania State University Paper
The Efficiency of Sympathy: Examining the Physical Science Basis of Sympathetic Magic as presented in Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles David Riebel Unaffiliated Paper
Fantastic Remembering: cultural memory and the embedded narratives in Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicles Chris Whitehead Independent Scholar Paper
Kinship, Incest, and Heredity in Contemporary Fantasy Literature (George R.R. Martin, Robin Hobb and Patrick Rothfuss) Anca Rosu DeVry North Brunswick Paper

 

1064 – (Re)Visions of the Apocalypse I

Session chair

Sabrina Weiss

Occurs at

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 – 1:15pm – 2:45pm

Presentations

Title Presenter Affiliation Presentation type
Defiance: Challenging Postapocalyptic and Science Fiction Genre Expectations Sabrina Weiss Rochester Institute of Technology Paper
Colson Whitehead’s Zone One, Zombie Plague, and the Boundaries of Utopia Wylie Lenz Florida Polytechnic University Paper
Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War as Anti-Frontier Narrative: Vietnam and the End of an American Myth Matthew Wilhelm Kapell American River College Paper
Sleep No More: Why Does Invasion of the Body Snatchers Still Impact Audiences? Steven Crain Purdue University Calumet Paper

 

1066 – (Re)Visions of the Apocalypse II: Mad Max

Session chair

Audrey DeLong

Occurs at

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 – 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Presentations

Title Presenter Affiliation Presentation type
Songlines of the Post-Apocalypse: Renavigating the Wastelands in the Mad Max Films AJ DeLong Suffolk County Community College Paper
“…Then Who Killed the World?”: the Death of Nature, Gender, and Apocalypse in Mad Max: Fury Road Zak Bronson University of Western Ontario Paper
Madness Distilled: The Exploitation of Anthropocene Anxiety and of Redemptive Hope in Mad Max: Fury Road Sarah Shelton University of Texas, Arlington Paper

 

1074 – 50th Anniversary Celebration: Star Trek I

Session chair

Aaron Gulyas

Occurs at

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 – 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Presentations

Title Presenter Affiliation Presentation type
History, Critical Thinking, and the Final Frontier: Teaching the 60s with Star Trek Aaron Gulyas Mott Community College Paper
50 Years of Trek: The Fascinating Lessons We’ve Learned Elizabeth Thomas Murray State University Paper
A Taste of Armageddon: What Star Trek Teaches us about Modern War Michelle Tabit University of the Incarnate Word Paper
Living in TNG: The Use of the Star Trek Metaphor in The Round House Aaron Hatrick Baylor University Paper

 

1068 – All the Great “ISMS” at Once

Session chair

Robert Lively

Occurs at

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 – 4:45pm – 6:15pm

Presentations

Title Presenter Affiliation Presentation type
The Ecology of Captain Planet Robert Lively Mesa Community College Paper
“Nothing in Jurassic World is natural”: Blurring the Binaries of Nature and Technology in Jurassic World Brooke Southgate Wilfrid Laurier University Paper
Oracular Transmissions: Market Speculation in the Novels of William Gibson and Neal Stephenson Edward Ardeneaux IV The University of Arkansas Paper

 

1070 – Celebrating the Forbearers of Modern SFF

Session chair

Nicholas Sancho-Rosi

Occurs at

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Presentations

Title Presenter Affiliation Presentation type
Virgil Mentor: Ursula Le Guin’s Lavinia Nick Haydock University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Paper
Robert A. Heinlein: The Campbell Collaboration Marie Guthrie University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix Paper
What’s The Use?: Man’s Search for Purpose in Bradbury’s Short Stories Laura Brown SUNY Potsdam Paper
“(Non)Being and Language in Ursula Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea” Nicholas Sancho-Rosi Clark University Paper

 

1072 – Explorations of the Whoniverse

Session chair

April Toadvine

Occurs at

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 – 8:15pm – 9:45pm

Presentations

Title Presenter Affiliation Presentation type
The Companion Conundrum: The Crisis of Clara April Toadvine St. Joseph’s College of Indiana Paper
The Doctor Who Suite: Fan orchestras and participatory culture Tiffany Knoell Bowling Green State University Paper
Becoming Unstuck and The Heart of Gold: Time and Relitive Dimensions in Slaughterhouse Five, The Resturaunt at the End of the Universe, and Doctor Who Fiona Tozier Episcopal High School Paper

 

2036 – Heroes

Session chair

Thomas Parham

Occurs at

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 – 9:45am – 11:15am

Presentations

Title Presenter Affiliation Presentation type
“Woman Up!”: The Ascent of the Female Hero Thomas Parham Azusa Pacific University Paper
The Super Soldier as the New “Hero” Jayce Shea Chow Olin College of Engineering Paper
Since You Won’t Listen to Me, Listen to Philosophy and Ethics (Or, Why Batman Needs Robin) Nicole Drew Waynesburg University Paper
The Kingsmen Agents: A Reimaging of the Archetypal Knights of The Round Table Jim Iaccino The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Paper

 

2026 – Romance/Science Fiction Fantasy Special Session 1

Occurs at

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 – 11:30am – 1:00pm

The Romance of Science Fiction Fantasy or A Little Sci-Fi Fantasy in your Romance

A special joint session of the Romance Area and the Science Fiction Fantasy Area.

Presentations

Title Presenter Affiliation Presentation type
Rhetoric of Genre Definitions: Am I Reading Science Fiction or Romance? Suanna Davis Abilene Christian University Paper
Asian Steampunk and Techno-Orientalism: Jeannie Lin’s Gunpowder Chronicles Erin Young SUNY Empire State College Paper
Loving the machine and hating the factory in steampunk romance Sarah Ficke Marymount University Paper
Love in the Time of Devouring Monstrosities that Lie in Wait Beyond the Stars: Queer Retrofuturism, H. P. Lovecraft, and Alexis Hall’s Prosperityverse Eric Selinger DePaul University Paper

 

2028 – Romance/Science Fiction Fantasy Special Session 2

Session chair

Gillian Leitch

Occurs at

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 – 1:15pm – 2:45pm

The Romance of Science Fiction Fantasy or A Little Sci-Fi Fantasy in your Romance

Presentations

Title Presenter Affiliation Presentation type
Romancing the Who: Romantic Love and Relationships in Doctor Who Gillian Leitch Independent Scholar Paper
Outlander: Sex as the Expression of Relationship Dynamics in the Book and the TV Show Yvonne Leach Drexel University Paper
What Armstrong’s Otherworld Says About the Real World Jessica Birch Case Western Reserve University Paper
Geek Speak Aphrodisiac: Eroticism and Erudition in Lost Girl Peggy Bowers Independent scholar Paper

 

2030 – Romance/Science Fiction Fantasy Special Session 3

Occurs at

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 – 3:00pm – 4:30pm

The Romance of Science Fiction Fantasy or A Little Sci-Fi Fantasy in your Romance

 

Presentations

Title Presenter Affiliation Presentation type
Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, and Werewolves: The “Other” Made Me Do It Juanita Evans University of Central Oklahoma Paper
Chicks Dig Libraries: Fantasy Library as Lover’s Gift Megan Hartline Auraria Library, University of Colorado Denver Paper
Love, Monsters, and Global Conflict: Teaching Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy in the 21st Century Maria Ramos-Garcia South Dakota State University Paper

 

2032 – Romance/Science Fiction Fantasy Special Session 4

Occurs at

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 – 4:45pm – 6:15pm

The Romance of Science Fiction Fantasy or A Little Sci-Fi Fantasy in your Romance

 

Presentations

Title Presenter Affiliation Presentation type
Futurama: A Romance Across Time, Space, and the Multiverse or Even Mop Bucket Gets the Blues Angie Kelson-Packer Weber State University Paper
Is This a Kissing Book: Forcing Romantic Pairings in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Jamie Dessart Waynesburg University Paper
When Clark Met Diana: friendship and romance Sara Kolmes Florida State University Paper
Flipping the Fairy Tale on Its Head: “Tradition” and Romance in Mercedes Lackey’s The Fairy Godmother Colleen Etman College of Charleston Paper

 

3014 – Disturbing Visions in SFF I: Rape Culture

Session chair

Mikee Delony

Occurs at

Thursday, March 24, 2016 – 8:00am – 9:30am

A Special Joint Session with the Romance Area, these papers will be followed by a special round table session on Rape Culture.

Presentations

Title Presenter Affiliation Presentation type
Feminism and the Complicated Reception towards Rape in Game of Thrones Pang-Chieh Ho New York University Paper
After She Said No: Rape Discourse in Ms. Marvel   Marilyn Sanabria University of Puerto Rico Paper
Rape Culture in Galbadon’s Outlander: Plot Device or Cultural Mirror Mikee Delony Abilene Christian University Paper

 

3016 – Disturbing Visions in SFF II: Rape Culture Roundtable

Session chair

Sherry Ginn

Gillian Leitch

Occurs at

Thursday, March 24, 2016 – 9:45am – 11:15am

Presentations

Title Presenter Affiliation Presentation type
Disturbing Visions in SFF II: Rape Culture Roundtable Gillian Leitch Independent Scholar Round Table

 

3020 – Lessons to be Learned

Session chair

Stephanie Dreier

Occurs at

Thursday, March 24, 2016 – 11:30am – 1:00pm

Presentations

Title Presenter Affiliation Presentation type
Magical Objects and Their Influence on Self-Identification: A Comparative Study through Fantasy Fiction Stephanie Dreier University of British Columbia Paper
“We Cannot be Your Friend”: ‘The Goblin Emperor’ and Public Perception of Rulers and Their Relationships Bethany Abrahamson Independent Paper
The Logic of Mary Doria Russell’s The Sparrow Jake Jakaitis Indiana State University Paper
Nurturing Fear Celina Bekins Olin College of Engineering Paper

 

Degrees – Screening

Session chair

Ruth Gregory

Occurs at

Thursday, March 24, 2016 – 1:15pm – 2:45pm

Music of the Spheres is an innovative fantasy series that was shot using a 360 degree camera; allowing viewers the ability to become active participants in the story. It is the first series to completely tell its story using 360 degree technology with an intended output for digital viewers like Google Cardboard.

The storyline of the series follows the journey of its protagonist, Angela, as she tries to save her family by locating the pieces of a time-altering mystical weapon known as the Music of the Spheres in a world dictated by the teachings of the ancient philosopher Pythagoras.

At the event we will be screening select episodes from the series and talking about how new technology is rewriting the rules of visual storytelling.

A very rough cut with an introduction about the 360 degree technology and series is available here:

 

3024 – 50th Anniversary Celebration: Star Trek II

Session chair

Thomas DuBose

Occurs at

Thursday, March 24, 2016 – 4:45pm – 6:15pm

Presentations

Title Presenter Affiliation Presentation type
“Women on the Bridge: Gender, Sexuality, and the Myth of Star Trek’s Original Pilot” Julie Sanchez n/a Paper
“The Outcast” as Metaphor: Star Trek: The Next Generation and Feminist Theory Lauren Copeland University of Kentucky Paper
To “Live Long and Prosper”:(Re)Imagined Performances of Mixed Race Characters through Star Trek’s Spock Natashia Lindsey University of Texas at Austin Paper
Star Trek’s Steel Magnolio Thomas DuBose Louisiana State University-Shreveport Paper

 

Science Fiction and Fantasy Area Meeting

All welcome to attend our annual area meeting, a chance to find out what has been happening in the area, and get together with others.  Our usual shameless plugs feature is a must – an opportunity to share what you have achieved in the last year!

Occurs at: 

Thu, 03/24/2016 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm

 

 

3018 – Movie Night

Session chair

Sherry Ginn

Gillian Leitch

Occurs at

Thursday, March 24, 2016 – 8:15pm – 9:45pm

In honour of the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, the Science Fiction Fantasy Area will be showing the original pilot to Star Trek – “The Cage”.

The viewing will be followed by our traditional raffle with a lovely variety of prizes small and large, with the money raised going to our student paper award prizes.

 

4010 – Navigating the Buffyverse

Session chair

Heather M. Porter

Occurs at

Friday, March 25, 2016 – 9:45am – 11:15am

Presentations

Title Presenter Affiliation Presentation type
“Did Your Life Pass Before Your Eyes? Cuppa Tea, Cuppa Tea”: Examining Tea and Meaning in the Buffyverse Heather M. Porter Independent Scholar Paper
Buffy the Care-Taker? Buffy Summers and the Second (and Third) Shift Michelle Maloney-Mangold Franklin College Paper
“As It Is Written”: Mythology as History in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Alyson Buckman California State University, Sacramento Paper

 

4012 – Post-Humanity or Post-Human?

Session chair

Sherry Ginn

Occurs at

Friday, March 25, 2016 – 11:30am – 1:00pm

Presentations

Title Presenter Affiliation Presentation type
Science Fiction Explores the Future of Humankind and Wonders Will It be Defined by the Singularity or Regression Sherry Ginn Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Paper
Mourning the Human:Working Through Trauma and the Posthuman Body in Lev Grossman’s The Magicians Trilogy Tony Vinci Ohio University Paper
“Almost (Human), but not Quite”: Bioengineering Race Relations in Contemporary Science Fiction” Penelope Ingram The University of Texas at Arlington Paper
Are you alive? Artificial Intelligence, Relationship Troubles, and the Posthuman Lisa Meinecke Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich Paper

4016 – Representations of the “Other”

Session chair

Caroline-Isabelle Caron

Occurs at

Friday, March 25, 2016 – 1:15pm – 2:45pm

Presentations

Title Presenter Affiliation Presentation type
Better Aliens: Aboriginal Use of Western Popular Cultural Tropes About Extraterrestrials. Caroline-Isabelle Caron Queen’s University Paper
Alien Invasion and Colonization in Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon Cassandra L. Jones USC Upstate Paper
Posthuman Families in Black Atlantic SF: Or, Xenogenesis as Posthuman Theory Evan Fackler Miami University Paper
The Loas, the Orishas, and Afrofuturism in Nalo Hopkinson’s Fiction: the Divine Horsemen Go Hi-Tech Cherie Ann Turpin University of the District of Columbia Paper

 

4014 – Potpourri

Session chair

Heather Urbanski

Occurs at

Friday, March 25, 2016 – 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Presentations

Title Presenter Affiliation Presentation type
Memory and the Genre Franchise Heather Urbanski Fitchburg State University Paper
Shadow Characters in Frank Herbert’s Dune Donald E. Palumbo East Carolina University Paper
The Bromantic Fellowship of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Nora Alfaiz George Washington University Paper
One Thing to Rule Them All?: Recent Crossover Trends in SciFi/Fantasy and Literary Fiction Curtis VanDonkelaar Michigan State University Paper
Corpse Bride: At the Monstrous Threshold between the Living and the Dead Michelle Smith Queen’s University Paper

 

4018 – SFF Treatments of Gender

Session chair

Rhonda Wilcox

Occurs at

Friday, March 25, 2016 – 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Presentations

Title Presenter Affiliation Presentation type
Ex Machina and the Posthuman “Eve” Kimberly Jackson Florida Gulf Coast University Paper
Gender in the Movies: DC’s Rachel Dawes and Marvel’s Pepper Potts, a Comparison Hannah Megna Waynesburg University Paper
Bippity Boppity New: The Evolution of Disney’s Princesses Lauri Evans Deason Azusa Pacific University Paper
Woman’s Bloody Mouth in Grimm Rhonda Wilcox Gordon State College Paper

 

4020 – Writing and Publishing SFF

Occurs at

Friday, March 25, 2016 – 4:45pm – 6:15pm

Presentations

Title Presenter Affiliation Presentation type
Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy – Publishing Your Works Donald E. Palumbo East Carolina University Paper

 

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