PCA Schedule – Fri 19th April, 2019

A Decade of Disruption: The Narratologist View of the MCU Heather Urbanski Marvel Cinematic Universe Friday 8:00am – 9:30am
Don’t Touch My Stuff: Tony Stark as a Non-State Actor in the MCU Hannah Megna Marvel Cinematic Universe Friday 8:00am – 9:30am
“I was Designed to Save the World”:  The Paradox of Perfection within the MCU Lyndon H Anderson Marvel Cinematic Universe Friday 8:00am – 9:30am
Trust, Knowledge, Identity, and Betrayal in “Marvel’s Agents of Shield” David Wright Marvel Cinematic Universe Friday 8:00am – 9:30am
“Dispossessed Sci/Fi: Ursula K. LeGuin Schools the Wizarding World” Shawn E. Fullmer Harry Potter Friday 9:45am – 11:15am
“I can touch you now”: Touch, Violence, and Trauma in the Harry Potter series Morgan Leigh Connor Harry Potter Friday 9:45am – 11:15am
Antisocial Personality Disorder Portrayed in the Harry Potter Series Namrata Kulkarni Harry Potter Friday 9:45am – 11:15am
Instructional Competency and Educational Theory: How the Hogwarts Professors Score Tessa Wynn Masula Harry Potter Friday 9:45am – 11:15am
Out of the mouths of….Kents?  Family communication in Smallville Mary Blakeman Jackson Family Dynamics in SFF Friday 11:30am – 1:00pm
Mommy Dearest: Reimagining the mother narrative in Syfy’s Wynonna Earp Erin B Waggoner Family Dynamics in SFF Friday 11:30am – 1:00pm
Dwelling on Dreams: Imagining Family in Kubo and Harry Potter Kathryn N. McDaniel Family Dynamics in SFF Friday 11:30am – 1:00pm
Publishing your SF/F nonfiction with McFarland Donald E. Palumbo Publishing your SF/F nonfiction with McFarland Friday 11:30am – 1:00pm
Do You Believe in Magic?: Contemplations on the Curious Mixture of Contemporary Science-Positive SF and Classic SF Critiques of the Same Edward Ardeneaux IV Classic Sciene Fiction and Fantasy Media Friday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
Political Prescience: How Game Theory Solves the Paradox of Foreknowledge in Frank Herbert’s Dune Dominic Jerry Nardi Classic Sciene Fiction and Fantasy Media Friday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
Steampunk at the Cinema: Neo-Victorian Science Fantasy and the Contemporary Blockbuster Robbie McAllister Classic Sciene Fiction and Fantasy Media Friday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
“Future Shock and Time Dilation: Masculinities and Speculative Technologies across Space and Time in Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War” Michael Austin Pitts Classic Sciene Fiction and Fantasy Media Friday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
Black Heroes Matter: Afrocentrism, Luke Cage, Jefferson Pierce, and T’Challa Thomas Parham Black Panther Friday 3:00pm – 4:30pm
“Great Gorilla M’Baku”:  Transforming racist tropes in Black Panther Jamie Dessart Black Panther Friday 3:00pm – 4:30pm
“Don’t Scare Me Like That, Colonizer!”: The Cultural Infiltration of Black Panther and the MCU Kristina Hill Black Panther Friday 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Malignant Machinery: Individualism, Technology, and Fear Factory’s Science Fiction Concept Albums Jeffrey A Sartain Potpourri Friday 4:45pm – 6:15pm
 I’d Like to Report an Ageism: Ephebiphobia Exhibited in The Gifted, Impulse, and the New Mutants. Orion John Greig Potpourri Friday 4:45pm – 6:15pm
Between Now and Never: Exploring the Temporality of Time Travel Narratives in Doctor Who, Outlander, and Game of Thrones Elizabeth Trepanier Potpourri Friday 4:45pm – 6:15pm
Business Meeting Sherry Ginn, Gillian Leitch, Heather M Porter Business Meeting Friday 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Movie Night – “The Hobbit” (1978) Sherry Ginn, Gillian Leitch, Heather M Porter Movie Night Friday 8:15pm – 11:45pm
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PCA Schedule – Wed 18th April 2019

Prime Dick II: P.K. Dick’s Electric Dreams Jake Jakaitis Blade Runner: Then and Now Thursday 8:00am – 9:30am
“I Know What’s Real”: Women, Men, Bodies and Subjectivity in Altered Carbon and Blade Runner 2049 AJ DeLong Blade Runner: Then and Now Thursday 8:00am – 9:30am
BLADE RUNNER 2049: THEORIZING DYSTOPIA IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD Tyler Jean Dukes (not registered) Blade Runner: Then and Now Thursday 8:00am – 9:30am
Where had the Robots Gone? : Reflections on the Robotic in recent audio-visual and written fiction. Caroline-Isabelle Caron Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots, Oh My! #2 Thursday 9:45am – 11:15am
When Robots Choose to Die: A Survey of Robot Suicide in Science Fiction Liz W Faber Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots, Oh My! #2 Thursday 9:45am – 11:15am
“I’m Sorry, Laura, I Don’t Understand the Question”: The Trace of Counter-Intuitive Pessimism in UBI/AI Stories from Humans to Westworld and The Expanse to Star Trek, Part 1 Warren G Jones II Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots, Oh My! #2 Thursday 9:45am – 11:15am
“I’m Sorry, Laura, I Don’t Understand the Question”: The Trace of Counter-Intuitive Pessimism in UBI/AI Stories from Humans to Westworld and The Expanse to Star Trek, Part 2 Matthew Hudson Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots, Oh My! #2 Thursday 9:45am – 11:15am
Nalo Hopkinson, Afrofuturism, and Black Women as Technological Explorers Cherie Ann Turpin Claiming A Future of Color Thursday 11:30am – 1:00pm
Broken Earth, Broken Narratives: Story, Agency, and the End of the World in N.K. Jemisin Leigha High McReynolds Claiming A Future of Color Thursday 11:30am – 1:00pm
The Journey Home: Complexities of Subjectivity in Nnedi’ Okorafor’s Binti Series N. A. Pierce Claiming A Future of Color Thursday 11:30am – 1:00pm
The Cleverness of Cleverman: Reflections on Ryan Griffen’s Modern Superheroic Dreamtime Michelle Smith Claiming A Future of Color Thursday 11:30am – 1:00pm
History, Mystery, or Gift? The verisimilitude of time travel with Star Trek and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Part 1. Rabecca L Connors Fifty-Plus Years of Influence: Star Trek #2 Thursday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
History, Mystery, or Gift? The verisimilitude of time travel with Star Trek and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Part 2. Luke Leonard Fifty-Plus Years of Influence: Star Trek #2 Thursday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
Has Winter come to Star Trek? Margaret Mendenhall Fifty-Plus Years of Influence: Star Trek #2 Thursday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
Who says the Doctor ever had a Penis? – Round table discussion on the casting of a female Doctor in Doctor Who Gillian Leitch, Caroline-Isabelle Caron Roundtable Thursday 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Girl from the Machine: Performing Femininity, Humanity, and Revenge in Ex Machina. Courtney Landis Feminism and the Feminine in SFF Thursday 4:45pm – 6:15pm
Why Rose Tico is the Best Character in the Star Wars Universe Jason Paul Olsen Feminism and the Feminine in SFF Thursday 4:45pm – 6:15pm
Selling Wonder: A Marketing Case Study Of Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman Lauri Evans Deason Feminism and the Feminine in SFF Thursday 4:45pm – 6:15pm
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PCA Schedule – Wed 17th April 2019

Altered Carbon’s Poe – Precedents for “Sentient Places” in Sci-fi TV Yvonne Leach Altered Carbon and Black Mirror Wednesday 8:00am – 9:30am
Corruption is Only Skin Deep: Corrupted Capitalism and Technology in Altered Carbon Artis Akard Gunn Altered Carbon and Black Mirror Wednesday 8:00am – 9:30am
Spoiler Alert: SF as Prophecy and Reflection in Black Mirror Sharon Henry Altered Carbon and Black Mirror Wednesday 8:00am – 9:30am
The Dystopian Arc of Black Mirror’s ‘Arkangel’ Stacy Esch Altered Carbon and Black Mirror Wednesday 8:00am – 9:30am
We are all Dolls: Consciousness & Sleep in the Whedonverse Heather M. Porter Whedonverses Wednesday 9:45am – 11:15am
Alice doesn’t live here anymore… and neither does Echo: The Female Hero and the Corporate Machine Sherry Ginn Whedonverses Wednesday 9:45am – 11:15am
The Political Economy of Joss Whedon’s Firefly Thomas Frank Strychacz Whedonverses Wednesday 9:45am – 11:15am
Dr. Horrible, Incels, and the Manosphere: The Status Is Not Quo Molly Brayman Whedonverses Wednesday 9:45am – 11:15am
Celebrating 25 Years:  Through the Wormhole with ST: DS9 Elizabeth Anne Thomas Fifty-Plus Years and We’re Still Watching: Star Trek #1 Wednesday 11:30am – 1:00pm
Visualizing Empire: Adventure Narratives and Imperialism in Star Trek: Voyager Leigh McKagen Fifty-Plus Years and We’re Still Watching: Star Trek #1 Wednesday 11:30am – 1:00pm
Star Trek’s “City on the Edge of Forever”–Why peace movements matter Michelle Tabit Fifty-Plus Years and We’re Still Watching: Star Trek #1 Wednesday 11:30am – 1:00pm
Trekking the Binary: How Attempts at Inclusivity Reinforce Gendered Expectations of Performance Matthew Nicosia Fifty-Plus Years and We’re Still Watching: Star Trek #1 Wednesday 11:30am – 1:00pm
Fantastic Narratives in the Games of Ryan Laukat Stan Hunter Kranc Fantastic and Mythological Illustrations Wednesday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
If you can’t tell, does it matter? Using Fantasy as a Coping Mechanism in Pan’s Labyrinth and Westworld. Rachael Anne Crosbie Fantastic and Mythological Illustrations Wednesday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
Dinosaurs and Popular Culture Becca Justinus Fantastic and Mythological Illustrations Wednesday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
Man & Myth & Science Fiction: The Influence of Johnny Appleseed in Science Fiction Pamela Achenbach Fantastic and Mythological Illustrations Wednesday 1:15pm – 2:45pm
Refugees, Justice, and the American Way: Supergirl Resists the Alt-right Derek Sweet Our Dystopian Times #1 Wednesday 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Warlocks and Warheads: Post-American Gothic in American Horror Story: Apocalypse Rikk Mulligan Our Dystopian Times #1 Wednesday 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Babylon 5 and President Clark… I mean Trump… no, I mean Clark: Authoritarianism Realized and Confronted—when speculative fiction becomes reality. Toby Braden Johnson Our Dystopian Times #1 Wednesday 3:00pm – 4:30pm
And The Void Stared Back: Nietzsche, Nihilism, and the Reason We Need Superheroes Abigail Moore Our Dystopian Times #1 Wednesday 3:00pm – 4:30pm
“There is More Than One Kind of Freedom … Freedom to and Freedom from”: Cultural Tightness in The Handmaid’s Tale and The Walking Dead Ann Marie Burton Our Dystopian Times #2 Wednesday 4:45pm – 6:15pm
How Do You Argue with Fox Mulder?: Perpetuating and Debunking Conspiracy Theories and Pseudoscience on The X-Files Caitlin Kirby Our Dystopian Times #2 Wednesday 4:45pm – 6:15pm
Thanos and The Empire did Nothing Wrong: The Rise of Nationalism in Subreddit Fandom Culture Abraham Mullican Our Dystopian Times #2 Wednesday 4:45pm – 6:15pm
Perfect Love Alexandra Balasa Creative Writing Wednesday 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Fantastical/Sci-Fi Creative Writing Sultana Raza Creative Writing Wednesday 6:30pm – 8:00pm
 “He Doesn’t Know You Like I do:” Barbara Kean’s Sex Appeal and Gotham’s Woman Problem​ Carey Millsap-Spears Romancing the SciFi Wednesday 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Making Monster Love: Monstrous Erotics in The Shape of Water, Border, and Beyond Zoe McDonald Romancing the SciFi Wednesday 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Monstrous Touch: An exploration of organic science fiction interfaces Justin Robert Matthews Romancing the SciFi Wednesday 6:30pm – 8:00pm
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CFP: Edited collection on Familial Influences on Superheroes (30 Apr 2019)

Call for Submissions: Edited collection on Familial Influences on Superheroes

 

Areas of analysis: American Studies, Cultural Studies, Fan Studies, Film and Television Studies, Media Studies, Gender Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Media Industries Studies

 

Editor: Jim Iaccino

 

This text will examine the role that the family plays on the development of the superhero as portrayed in radio, comics, graphic novels, television series, and feature films.  Many superheroes have experienced the trauma of losing (a) parent(s), which sets them apart from others.  Thus, the individuals that the superheroes gravitate towards become an integral part of their lives, to the point where they form a necessary and vital “familial network” of connections that would either replace those that were lost or never fully established.  This network ranges from “substitute” parents/guardians as well as siblings and relatives, to significant others and even more extended members comprising superhero teams.  Each chapter will focus on a specific superhero and how s/he has been impacted by the aforementioned familial figures.  Through this collection of essays, readers will understand the psychological makeup of superheroes much better and see that behind every hero is a family member(s) encouraging them to use their powers for the benefit of humanity.

 

Besides Batman, potential superheroes to be covered across a number of media (radio, comics, television and film) include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Superman
  • Supergirl
  • The Flash
  • Green Arrow
  • Wonder Woman
  • Spider-Man
  • Captain America
  • Iron Man
  • The Hulk
  • Thor
  • Black Widow
  • Scarlet Witch
  • X-Men
  • Fantastic Four
  • The Avengers
  • Justice League of America
  • Teen Titans

 

We already have an agreement with McFarland Press to do this collection, so all that remains is securing the contributions in a timely fashion for a planned text publication in early 2021.

 

The deadline for proposals of 500 words is April 30, 2019.  Please email your abstract and a brief bio to jiaccino@thechicagoschool.edu.  Please put “Familial Influences Abstract” in the subject line.  If an abstract is selected for the collection, full essays of 5,000-7,000 words will be due by September 1, 2019.

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Deadline October 1st!

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October 1st is only 15 days away – that means if you want to present at the PCA in Washington DC next year you have only 15 days to submit your proposal.
Our call for papers can be found here: https://pcasff.wordpress.com/national-conference-call-for-papers-2015/
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at pcasff@gmail.com ! Don’t forget also we are on social media Twitter @pcasff and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pcasff/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

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One Month left to propose for the 2019 Conference!

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CFP – National PCA Conference 2019

SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY AREA

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

17 – 20th April 2019 – Washington, DC

 

One of the largest and most vibrant of the association, the Science Fiction and Fantasy (SF/F) Area invites proposals for its 2019 national conference to be held at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington. 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):

 

Black Panther

 

The release of the Marvel film Black Panther early in 2018 was a pivotal moment in cinematic history. A special session or sessions is being proposed to explore the impact of the film on both fans and the entertainment industry. Papers on fandom, gender, race/ethnicity, representation and film which explore Black Panther are sought.

 

The Journey to the Moon

 

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the film The First Men in the Moon (1919), a roundtable of cinematic depictions of human kind’s attempts to reach our nearest neighbor is being proposed.  We are seeking participants for this special roundtable session who will present a short (i.e., 7-8 minutes) example of a film illustrating such a journey in the last hundred years.  Please note that participants in round table sessions can also propose a regular paper for this area.  Please contact the area chairs to propose for this session.

 

Adaptations

 

Film and television have borrowed heavily from other media in the production of SFF.  A special session or sessions is being proposed which would explore the phenomena of adaptation from the choice of material, the adaptation process, the reception and the influence of adaptations on the original source material.

 

When proposing for one of these special sessions, please clearly indicate this in the text of your proposal and contact the area chairs at pcasff@gmail.com to ensure that your paper is considered for the appropriate session.

 

Submission Guidelines:  Completed papers or 250-word proposals for individual papers, or creative writing and 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 1, 2018.

 

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)

 

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. 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 2018.  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 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 2018

 

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 fantasy film – The Hobbit (animated – 1977). The screening will be Friday night. Fundraising supports area activities and 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: https://pcasff.wordpress.com/paper-awards/ . 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 1 December 2018.  Check the PCA website https://pcaaca.org/resources/applying-pca-endowment-travel-grants for more information.

 

 

Hope to see you in Washington!

 

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:

https://pcasff.wordpress.com/a-guide-to-academic-and-professional-conferences-or-how-not-to-be-killed-or-ridiculed-by-your-colleagues/

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