Location Abbreviations: KTH: Kenneth Taylor Hall; GH: Gilmour Hall
The registration table will be set up at the entrance to the Council Chambers (GH 111) throughout the duration of the conference.
Day 1: Friday, May 18th
8:30-9:15 Breakfast Buffet and 9:15 Opening Remarks
Location: Council Chambers GH 111
Panel 1: Embodiment/Temporality
Location: GH 111 Moderator: Adam Guzkowski
Susan Knabe, The University of Western Ontario, “She’s Lived It Ten Times or More:” Reparative Reading and Life on Mars
Wendy Gay Pearson, The University of Western Ontario, The One Body Problem: Agender Embodiment and the Queering of Chrononormativity
Victoria Miceli, The University of Western Ontario, Violence and Memories in Eden Robinson’s “Terminal Avenue”
Panel 2: Combatting Mind-Body Dualism: Embodied Cognition
Location: KTH 104 Moderator: Ann Tso
Ryan Morrison, Flinders University, “At War with Herself”: How Anne Leckie’s Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Mercy Dispel the Myth of Disembodied Cognition
Khaled Karam, Suez University, Embodied Simulation in the Perception of the Disintegrating World and Physical Affliction in Jennifer Haley’s The Nether and Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Boom
Evdokia Stefanopoulou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Embodiment and Transcendence in Doctor Strange
Panel 3: Trauma Studies A
Location: KTH 109 Moderator: Kristen Shaw
Charul Palmer-Patel, Independent Scholar, Abject Wombs: Considering Purity and Rape in James Clemen’s Banned and the Banished Fantasy Series
Molly Keran, University of Michigan, Fantasies of Rape and Survival in Kristin Cashore’s Bitterblue
Tony M. Vinci, Ohio University-Chillicothe, “Her Heart Beats Shame, Shame, Shame:” Trauma and the Posthuman Body in Lev Grossman’s The Magician’s Trilogy
Panel 4: Maternal Embodiments: Reproduction, Temporality, and Feminist Ethics in Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival
Location: GH 111 Moderator: Wendy Gay Pearson
Heather Latimer, University of British Columbia, Pregnancy, Interruption, and Non-Reproduction in Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival
Naomi Morgenstern, The University of Toronto, “Come Back to Me:” Temporality, Hospitality, and Maternal Ethics in Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival
Rebekah Sheldon, Indiana University, Reconsidering Reproduction: Arrival, Futurity, and the Queer Matter of Maternity
Karen Weingarten, Queens College, City University of New York, Pregnancy, Anxiety, and Specters of Disability in Arrival
Panel 5: Ecology, Nature, and the Nonhuman
Location: KTH 104 Moderator: Kristen Shaw
Garth Sabo, Michigan State University, “The Bottomest Bottom of Created Life – If There is One:” Embodied Ecology in Asimov, Chappell, and Twain
Graham J. Murphy, Seneca College, The Question of the Vegetal, the Animal, the Archive in Queen City Jazz
Mason Wales, York University, Post-Apocalyptic Film as Putropian Narrative
Elana Maloul, University of Michigan, The Invisible Living: Ambience, Landscape, and Oration in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man
12:45-2:00 Lunch Buffet + Keynote Address: Dr. Veronica Hollinger, “‘Corpo-reality’ and the Non-Human Supplement”
Location: Council Chambers GH 111
Panel 6: Critical Race Theory: Necropower, Afro-Pessimism, Afropunk
Location: GH 111 Moderator: Joseph Earl Thomas
Diana Brydon, University of Manitoba, Resisting Necropower: Embodiment and the Book in Nnedi Okorafor’s The Book of Phoenix and Who Fears Death
Joseph Earl Thomas, University of Notre Dame, Afro-Pessimism and Coming of Age in Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti
Isiah Lavender III, Louisiana State University, Alchemizing Cyberpunk into Afropunk with Critical Race Theory
Panel 7: Gender, Sexuality and Embodiment in Science Fiction and Fantasy Film & TV
Location: KTH 109 Moderator: Renée T. Coulombe
Shahbaz Khayambashi, York University, The Shape of Things to Come: The Shape of Water and the Beginnings of Female Sexuality
Andrea Braithwaite, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Farewell, My Zombie: Chick Detectives on the Supernatural Mean Streets
Molly Arnn, New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Star Trek: A Drama of Human Embodiment, Set in Outer Space
Panel 8: Literary Representations of Gender, Sexuality, and the Body
Location: KTH 104 Moderator: Selena Middleton
Mihaela Stoica, Independent Scholar, The Female Alien Body, Gender Transgression, and Feminist Discourse in James Tiptree, Jr.’s “All the Kinds of Yes”
James Campbell, University of Central Florida, Lesbian Anatomy: Gender and Bodies in C. S. Lewis’ That Hideous Strength
Kevin Malton, McMaster University, “A Creature of Free and Perverse Sexuality”: Automobiles, Sex, and the Psychogeography of the Body in J. G. Ballard’s Crash
Panel 9: Fantastic Fiction and Pedagogy
Location: GH 111 Moderator: David Hou
Sonja Nikkila, The University of Toronto Scarborough, “It is Not the Spoon that Bends”: Pedagogical (Re)Readings of The Matrix
Meghan Riley, University of Waterloo, Changing Bodies, Changing Minds: Speculative Fiction, Pedagogy, and Social Change
Jordana Greenblatt, The University of Toronto and York University, Linguistic Gender and Reading Sexed Bodies: Ann Leckie’s Universalization of the Feminine
Panel 10: Disability Studies A: Disability in Science Fiction: Autism, the Crip Cyborg, and Neural Futurity
Location: KTH 104 Moderator: Petra Kuppers
Amy Li, Emory University, Meat Suits vs. Pure Information: The Crip Cyborg in William Gibson’s “Burning Chrome” and “The Winter Market”
Tracie Martin, Emory University, Lucy, Lazarus, and the Paradoxes of Neural Futurity
Luke Kudryashov, University of Michigan, Autism at the Junction of Alien and Cyborg: Autistic Embodiment, Relationality, and Futurity in Mass Effect 2
Panel 11: Trauma Studies B
Location: KTH 109 Moderator: Charul Palmer-Patel
Brandon Fenton, York University, The Collective Body
Sadie Graham, McMaster University, “A Body Has a Story to Tell:” Illness, Infertility, and Futurity in Chris Carter’s The X-Files
Paul A. Scott, University of Kansas, From Contagion to Cogitation: The Post-Posthuman TV Zombie
5:45 Reception and Banquet Dinner in the Council Chambers (GH 111)
8:00 Social Event: Author Readings + Open Mic @ The Staircase Theatre
Wind down while authors Petra Kuppers and Eileen Gunnell Lee (and more TBA) invite you to journey with them to other worlds, all from the comfort of the cozy Staircase Theatre, Hamilton’s premier arts hub.
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Day 2: May 19, 2018
8:30-9:30 Breakfast Buffet in the Council Chambers (GH 111)
Panel 12: Gender, Sexuality, and Cyborgs
Location: GH 111 Moderator: Kristen Shaw
Jennifer Jodell, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Their Bodies Must Tremble: The Film and Virtual Reality Actress in Mid-Century SF
Elsa Klingensmith, Oklahoma State University, Visualizing Gender in Holographic Bodies: The Paradoxical Power of Joi in Blade Runner 2049
Mark Soderstrom, SUNY Empire State College, Automated Bodies: Social Reproduction and Revolutionary Feminism through SF
Panel 13: Aging, Health and Medical Discourses
Location: KTH 104 Moderator: Molly Arnn
Chad Andrews, Trent University and Signum University, Bodies Reshaped: Bio-Engineering, CRISPR, and Feminist SF
Derek Newman-Stille, Trent University, Neoliberal Hegemonies of Health and Disposable Ageing in Eileen Kernaghan’s “Carpe Diem”
Kelly McDevitt, Queens University, Robots, Aging, and Memory: Dementia and Robotic Elder Care in *batteries not included and Robot & Frank
Panel 14: Metamorphoses
Location: KTH 106 Moderator: Iris Bruce
Nicholas Serruys, McMaster University, Corporal and Social Metamorphoses in Elisabeth Vonarburg’s The Silent City
Iris Bruce, McMaster University, Non-Human Metamorphism in Franz Kafka, David Cronenberg, and Kobo Abe
Panel 15: Labour, Sex Work, and the Cyborg/Robot
Location: GH 111 Moderator: Brent Ryan Bellamy
Anne Savage, McMaster University, New Bodies, New Problems: From Virtuality to Embodiment in William Gibson’s The Peripheral and the New Sex Robots
Clare Wall, York University, Robo-Materialisms and Madeline Ashby’s Machine Dynasty Trilogy
David Sweeney, Glasgow School of Art, Design History and Theory, Affective Labour, Sex Work, and the Reality of Fiction in 2046 and Blade Runner 2049
Panel 16: Disability Studies B
Location: KTH 104 Moderator: Lynne Sargent
Sara Dorsten, University of Toledo, Personal Identity and Disability in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire Series
Kathryn Allan, Independent Scholar, Beautiful on the Inside: The Alien Perfection of Ripley
David Hartley, University of Manchester, Seeing Things We People Haven’t Believed: Autism, The Cyborg, and Seeking Neurodiversity in Blade Runner
1:00-1:45 – BBQ Lunch in Council Chambers or outside (weather dependent) location TBD
Panel 17: Disability Studies C
Location: KTH 104 Moderator: Petra Kuppers
Christina Wiendels, McMaster University, When Humans Share the World with that ‘Alien’ Called the Animal: Pat Murphy’s Science Fiction Story, “Rachel in Love”
Janice Hladki, McMaster University, Monstrous Disability and Human Disqualification: Degeneration/Regeneration and Damned Masculinity in SF Film
Lynne Sargent, Independent Scholar, Realizing the Cyborg: Tensions Between Possibility and Policy
Adan Jerreat-Poole, McMaster University, Blood Magic and Self-Harm: Confronting Feminist Horror in Dragon Age 2
Panel 18: Reproduction, Motherhood, and Pregnancy
Location: GH 111 Moderator: Selena Middleton
Julia Featherstone, Macquarie University, Embodiment of the Mother in Science Fiction
Elisabetta Carraro, The University of Toronto, Judith Merril, What It Means to be a Mother
Anna McFarlane, University of Glasgow, Borderlines of the Body: Pregnancy and Science Fiction Genre Studies
Brent Ryan Bellamy, University of Alberta, Nondelivery and Violent Labor: On the Social Reproduction of the Clone in Carola Dibbell’s The Only Ones
Panel 19: Embodiment in SF Film: Masculinities & Human Enhancement
Location: KTH 106 Moderator: Sonja Nikkila
David Isaacs, California Baptist University, Will Smith’s Destabilizing Body in I Am Legend
Jacob Arun, McMaster University, Wealth and Fame He’s Ignored, Action is His Reward: Interrogating the Wearable Technologies in Spiderman’s Suit
Débora Madrid-Brito, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Human Enhancement in Contemporary Spanish Film
Panel 20: Liminal, Queer, and Hybrid Embodiments
Location: GH 111 Moderator: Susan Knabe
M. Milks, Pace University, Food Refusal’s Queer Inhumanism
Leah Faye Norris, University of California at Santa Barbara, Hybridity Across Generations: The ‘New Body’ from Bradbury to Butler
Adam Guzkowski, Trent University, Representations of Embodied Difference in Julie E. Czerneda’s In the Company of Others
Panel 21: Visual Representations and Sonic Dimensions of Embodiment
Location: KTH 104 Moderator: David Sweeney
Renée T. Coulombe, Banshee Media & Improvised Alchemy, “Isn’t He Going to Go Poof?”: The Sonic Dimensions of Apocalyptic Embodiment in the Buffyverse (and Beyond)
Alexandra Gushurst-Moore, The University of York, The Visual Embodiment of an Abstract Idea: Representing the Fantastic in Late Nineteenth-Century Art
5:30 Light Supper + Keynote Address by Kameron Hurley, “We Are Made of Meat: Imagining an Embodied Future” in Council Chambers (GH 111)
Kathryn Allan, PhD is an independent scholar of science fiction and disability studies. She is editor of the interdisciplinary collection, Disability in Science Fiction: Representations of Technology as Cure (2013), and co-editor (with Djibril al-Ayad) of Accessing the Future (2015), an anthology of disability-themed intersectional SF short stories. She is the inaugural recipient of the Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship, and her writing appears in both academic and creative publications.
Chad Andrews is a researcher and a lecturer at Trent University and Signum University. His primary focus is on networks of popular culture, technology, and hegemony that emerged in postwar America, with particular attention paid to the 1980s, one of the country’s most socially fractured decades. His work engages with history, focusing on the Cold War and emerging technocultures; with literature, primarily speculative literature and science fiction; and with political and technological theory, especially Antonio Gramsci and the Italian autonomists (Paolo Virno, Antonio Negri), as well as various philosophies of technology.
Molly Arnn received her B.A in psychological science from Vassar College, and was the inaugural research assistant in the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab. There she studied empathy and prosocial behavior in the lab of Dr. Jamil Zaki, a scientist inspired by the role of emotions in Star Trek. Molly is currently combining her background in the sciences and the humanities at the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she focuses on cultural analysis, and will graduate with a concentration in Mind, Body, and Society in 2019.
Brent Ryan Bellamy is a Canada Research Chair Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta. He studies the fraught influence of energic and technological path dependency in representations of the future, turning from texts that imagine surviving the end of the world to those that envision society powered by unique forms of energy. You can read his work in Mediations, Paradoxa, Western American Literature, Reviews in Cultural Theory, and the book After Oil (www.afteroil.ca). His book Remainders of the American Century: Post-Apocalyptic Novels in the Age of US Decline is under advanced contract with Wesleyan UP.
Susan Bernardo is Professor of English at Wagner College, Staten Island, NY, where she teaches courses in science fiction, fairy tale, theory, and 19th-century British literature. Her essay called “Star Trek: Voyager and Time Travel: Playing with Narrative and Courting Disaster” appeared in a 2015 book on time travel and television (edited by Gillian Leitch and Sherry Ginn). She edited a book called Environments in Science Fiction (McFarland in 2014) and is at work on a book on Star Trek:Voyager. She recently contributed an essay called “Ecocritical Ideas and Butler’s ‘Bloodchild’ and Parable of the Sower” to a forthcoming volume on teaching the works of Octavia Butler edited by Tarshia Stanley.
Christine Bolus-Reichert is Associate Professor of English at the University of Toronto and author of The Age of Eclecticism: Literature and Culture in Britain, 1815-1885 (2009). Her articles have appeared in Romanticism, Nineteenth Century Prose, Studies in the Novel, and ELT: English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920. In 2014, she published her first short story, “What Happened at the Pond,” in Luna Station Quarterly; it was subsequently reprinted in The Best of Luna Station Quarterly: The First Five Years (2015). Recent work is forthcoming in two separate collections: “Sky Sailing: Steampunk’s Re-enchantment of Flight” and “The Shock Doctrine in Apocalyptic Fiction.”
Andrea Braithwaite, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor (Teaching) at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, in Communication and Digital Media Studies. Her research examines gendered discourses of sociability and belonging in pop culture. She looks at gender, crime, and detection stories across media, especially Canadian media. She also discusses representations of and responses to feminist activism in online and gaming communities.
Iris Bruce is Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature at McMaster University, Canada. She is the author of Kafka and Cultural Zionism. Dates in Palestine (University of Wisconsin Press, 2007) and is presently co-editing a volume of articles on Kafka after Kafka: From the Holocaust to Postmodernism, together with Mark Gelber (Ben Gurion University, Israel), to be published by Camden House. Her present SSHRC funded research project is: “Kafka Goes Global: A Cultural Legacy.”
Diana Brydon FRSC (PhD ANU 1977), Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Cultural Studies, teaches in the Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media at the University of Manitoba. She has published in the areas of Canadian and postcolonial literary and cultural studies, and works at the interface between national and global imaginaries.
James Campbell is an associate professor of English and director of graduate programs at the University of Central Florida. Previous publications have appeared in ELH, NLH, Science Fiction Studies, and Extrapolation. His book, Oscar Wilde, Wilfred Owen, and Male Desire: Begotten, Not Made, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.
Elisabetta Carraro is pursuing a Ph.D. in Italian Studies at the University of Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree in Italian Philology in 2012 at the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice, and received her Master’s degree in Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature in 2014 at the sameuniversity. Her research focuses on twentieth century Italian and American literature, genre novels and science-fiction. Her dissertation is titled: Universes of the mind: a Jungian approach to the works of Philip K. Dick and Valerio Evangelisti.
Renée T. Coulombe is an artist and musician of considerable breadth: composer, improviser, media artist, event producer, media scholar and publisher. She was an Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at UC Riverside, where she also founded and directed the Free Improvisation Ensemble. She publishes widely on topics of sound and embodiment in music and media, in international anthologies and journals, and is founding director of the new media publishing company, Banshee Media and the international performance collective, Improvised Alchemy. Both explore the nexus of emergent technologies and modes of distribution, creating collaborative performances across disciplines, genres and industries.
Sara Dorsten is a graduate student in the English department of the University of Toledo. She graduated with honors from Ohio Dominican University with a double major of English and European History. Her specialization is in disability studies, particularly in analyzing how mental illness is portrayed in literature.
Jessica Ellis completed her specialized honours BA in Philosophy at York University. She is currently in her second year of the MA in Theory and Criticism at Western University. As a visiting scholar at the European Graduate School this past summer, she has had the chance to work with Judith Butler, Catherine Malabou, and Avital Ronell on issues pertaining to her thesis work on gender and psychoanalysis. Other current research interests include Marxism, alternative theories of consciousness and feminist scholarship that challenge dominant hetero-normative, reductivist/positivist ontological assumptions.
Julia Featherstone is a Macquarie University creative PhD candidate in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, in Sydney, Australia. Her research topic, The Venus Codex, is a feminist investigation into science fiction cinema through the form of video art, with a particular focus on female representation in artificial life and procreation. Her research outcomes are twofold – a thesis and an interactive multiscreen video art installation showing six media artworks.
Brandon Fenton is a course director in philosophy at York University in Toronto, Ontario where he earned his doctorate in 2014. His most recent work includes the publication “Towards an Existentialist Neuroethics” in Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics which focused upon an issue at the intersection of neuroethics, subjectivity, and sci-fi. He has also recently presented a paper at the International Herbert Marcuse Society conference on topic of critical theory and co-existentialism titled “Liberation and Life-Circles”.
Sadie Graham is pursuing a Masters program of study in cultural studies and critical theory at McMaster University.
Jordana Greenblatt teaches writing at the University of Toronto and English at York University. Her research interests include gender and sexuality, contemporary literature and culture, comics, and law and literature. Her edited collection, Querying Consent: Beyond Permission and Refusal, is forthcoming from Rutgers UP.
Alexandra Gushurst-Moore is a PhD candidate at the University of York, where her project entitled ‘The Making of Modern Fantasy in the Visual Arts of Late Nineteenth Century Britain’ is being supervised by Professor Elizabeth Prettejohn. Her past research has focused on fantasy art and literature, fairytales and folklore, the application of literary methodologies to art historical study, and cultural and intellectual history. She lives in Oxford and writes fantasy and science fiction in her spare time.
David Hartley is a Creative Writing PhD student at the University of Manchester researching manifestations of autism in science fiction, while also writing a contemporary fantasy novel about autism and ghosts under the supervision of Dr. Geoffrey Ryman. For further details on his project see The Fantastic Autistic on his website.
Janice Hladki is Associate Professor in the School of the Arts at McMaster University. She is affiliated with the Gender Studies and Feminist Research program and with the Department of English and Cultural Studies. Her research contributes to feminist, critical disability, and visual culture studies. Recent publications include essays in the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, InTensions, and Journal of Global Studies and Contemporary Art. With Sarah Brophy, she has co-edited the volumes Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography (2014) and Pedagogy, Image Practices and Contested Corporealities (2014). Her artistic record consists of research-informed curatorial work concerning feminist, crip, and Indigenous representation.
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Arun Jacob is currently pursuing his M.A. (Cultural Studies and Critical Theory) at McMaster University. He is a technologist, communicator, artist and activist whose interests include but are not limited to studying the work ethic of digital labour, the anxiety of agile employment, machines learning karma, and developing critical literacies in media, communication and culture.
Adan Jerreat-Poole is a PhD candidate in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. Her research interrogates auto/biography and digital media through the lens of Mad feminisms. They are a SSHRC doctoral award recipient and a current graduate resident at the Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship.
Ciera Jock is a senior undergraduate at SUNY Potsdam studying Literature, and is a member of Sigma Tau Delta as well as SUNY Potsdam’s Honors Program. Jock enjoys overanalyzing and applying critical theories to books, films, and shows from the science fiction and fantasy genres. Jock wishes to continue her studies as a graduate student in Fall of 2018.
Jennifer Jodell is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her research concerns representations of embodiment and media technologies in early science fiction, with emphasis on figures such as the cyborg, the empath, and the artist.
Khaled M. Karam is currently a lecturer of English Literature in Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Suez University. He received his PhD degree in English literature from Alexandria University in 2016. His research interests include cognitive literary science, literary creativity and cognitive capacities. His recent publications are “Creative Conceptual Integration in Shakespeare’s Dramatic Composition” (2017) and “The Value of Conceptual Metaphor and Integration in Literary Composition and
Appreciation” (2017). His current research project focuses on the dynamics of literary
Molly Keran is a second year PhD student in the English Language and Literature program at the University of Michigan. She is interested in representations of childhood, rape, and abuse in 20th and 21st century American literature, including popular literature.
Shahbaz Khayambashi is a theorist, writer, video artist, video art curator and teacher. He is currently studying towards a PhD in communications and culture at York University, after completing his Masters in cinema and media studies. He is the co-founder of the video art group Citizens Committee on Moral Hygiene, as well as a member of Toronto-based experimental film and video group, Pleasure Dome. He has presented his work in several conferences including Cine-Excess in Brighton, England. His expertise is in the field of the representation of unsimulated death in media.
Elsa Klingensmith is a second year PhD student at Oklahoma State University. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Elsa studies 20th and 21st century literature with an emphasis on science fiction and feminist issues.
Susan Knabe is jointly appointed as an Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario. Her recent publications include “‘Gambling with History’: Queer Kinship and Cruel Optimism in Octavia Butler’s Kindred”, and “‘Bash Back, Baby, Your Life Depends on It!’: Pedagogical Responses to Anti-Gay Violence in John Greyson’s The Making of ‘Monsters’, both co-authored with Wendy Pearson. Her current research focuses on queer temporality in British television.
Luke Kudryashov is a PhD student in the English & Women’s Studies joint program at the University of Michigan. Their interests include disability studies, madness, autism, queer and trans studies, and digital media. They are currently working on an ethnographic project that reads narratives of autistic transgender people against medical studies that pathologize autism and gender nonconformity.
Heather Latimer is Lecturer at the University of British Columbia, where she researches and teaches in the areas of reproduction, contemporary fiction and film, and biopolitics. She is cross-listed in the Coordinated Arts Program and at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice.
Isiah Lavender III is Associate Professor of English at Louisiana State University, where he researches and teaches courses in African American literature and science fiction. In addition to his book Race in American Science Fiction (2011) and edited collections Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction (2014) and Dis-Orienting Planets: Racial Representations of Asia in Science Fiction (2017), his publications on science fiction include essays and reviews in journals such as Extrapolation and Science Fiction Studies. He has two more works under contract, a second monograph Classics of Afrofuturism and a co-edited collection with Lisa Yaszek entitled Afrofuturism in Time and Space.
Amy Li is a doctoral student in the Emory University Department of English. Her primary research interest is embodiment in science fiction literature and media, including specific focuses on gender/feminism and disability, as well as race/ethnicity and age. Her proposed dissertation project includes explorations of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, William Gibson’s cyberpunk short stories, and sf media such as Orphan Black and Black Mirror.
Débora Madrid-Brito (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain) graduated in Art History (Universidad de La Laguna, 2012) and with an MA in Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), 2013). She is currently studying the PhD Program in Studies in Art, Literature and Culture at UAM. She is a member of the research project Long exposure: the narratives of Spanish contemporary art for ‘wide audiences’ (UAM and Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of Spain) and she has also been researching as a visiting scholar at Margaret Herrick Library (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, Los Angeles, CA) in 2017. Her research interests include science-fiction film, transhumanism and Spanish film.
Elana Maloul is a second-year doctoral student in the University of Michigan’s English Language and Literature program. Her areas of study include contemporary literature, science and technology studies, visual culture, continental philosophy, and critical theory.
Kevin Malton is currently a PhD student studying the relationships between melancholy, nostalgia and left-wing political movements in contemporary British science-fiction/fantasy. His research analyzes the affective disparities between pre- and post-Thatcher socialist novels, and what he calls the “hopeful turn” of these texts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Kevin also has secondary interests in comic books and video games, and the fandom cultures surrounding both.
Tracie Martin is a third year Ph.D. student in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. She is interested in neuroscience and neurology—and the framings of human brains therein—as intertwined with the biopolitical production of “normal” and “abnormal” populations to be managed, enhanced, and disciplined. Her dissertation focuses on the “problems” of neurobiology and free will as arising from the paradoxes of biopower and humanist theories of freedom.
Kelly McDevitt is a settler scholar and a second-year doctoral student in English Language and Literature at Queen’s University – on the ancestral territories of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Cultural Studies and Italian Civilization from McGill University and Master of Arts in English Studies from l’Université de Montréal. Her doctoral research focuses on posthuman theory, embodiment, and the gendering of artificial lifeforms and artificial intelligence software in contemporary North American science fiction.
Anna McFarlane is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Glasgow researching science fiction and traumatic aspects of pregnancy. She worked on the Wellcome Trust-funded Science Fiction and the Medical Humanities project and researched Naomi Mitchison’s science fiction thanks to a Wellcome Trust Small Grant Award. Her doctoral research focused on William Gibson, cyberpunk, and psychology. She is the editor of Adam Roberts: Critical Essays (2016), A Practical Guide to the Resurrected: 21 Stories of Science Fiction and Medicine (2017), The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture (forthcoming), and blog editor for the journal BMJ Medical Humanities.
Victoria Miceli is a 5th year PhD student at the University of Western Ontario. Her dissertation looks at the intersections of decoloniality and temporality in Indigenous Speculative Fiction, in order to understand how certain pieces utilize these theoretical frameworks to teach readers something about their reality in the juxtaposition of their ‘real world’ and the world of the text.
M. Milks is a fiction writer and scholar whose interests include queer, a/sexuality, and transgender studies. They are the author of Kill Marguerite and Other Stories, which was named winner of the 2015 Devil’s Kitchen Award in Fiction and a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and featured on Tor’s Queering SFF series. They edited The &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing, 2011-2013 and co-edited Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives (Routledge, 2014).
Anna Mirzayan is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism, where she focuses on philosophies of technology in aesthetics and war, and new forms of cognitive mapping. She is particularly interested in the posthuman imaginaries and new spatial ontologies that emerge as the aestheticization of violence through digitization becomes central to governance, as well as feminist embodiment in science fiction and new materialism.
Naomi Morgenstern is an associate professor in the department of English at the University of Toronto. She is the author of numerous articles on nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature and of Wild Child: Intensive Parenting and Posthumanist Ethics (forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press in the Spring of 2018).
Ryan Morrison (BA, MCreatArts) is a postgraduate student at Flinders University in South Australia, and is currently completing a PhD in creative writing. His research is centred on SF depictions of artificial intelligence, interrogating what relationship they have to current and future ethical quandaries posed by real world AI. His creative work will interpret these findings through an SF reimagining of the mythical golem of Prague.
Graham J. Murphy is Professor with the School of English and Liberal Studies (Faculty of Business) at Seneca College. He co-edited Beyond Cyberpunk: New Critical Perspectives, co-authored Ursula K. Le Guin: A Critical Companion, and has written more than two dozen articles, chapters, and/or reviews that have appeared in several anthologies and academic journals. He has several forthcoming articles, but his most-recent book is the co-edited collection Cyberpunk and Visual Culture (Routledge 2018). He is an Assistant Editor for Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts and sits on the editorial advisory boards of both Science Fiction Studies and Extrapolation.
Derek Newman-Stille is a PhD ABD at Trent University, researching representations of disability in Canadian speculative fiction. Derek is the 7-time Aurora Award-winning creator of the digital humanities project Speculating Canada. Derek has published in venues like The Canadian Fantastic in Focus, Quill & Quire, Misfit Children: An Inquiry into Childhood Belongings, and Mosaic. Derek has given papers at conferences like the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, the Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy, The Canadian Disability Studies Association, the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association, and the American Folklore Association.
Dr. Sonja Nikkila (B.A. Harvard, PhD University of Edinburgh) is a Victorianist by training, but since coming to the University of Toronto Scarborough in 2009 she has been increasingly engaged with questions of both genre and pedagogy. As a teaching stream lecturer, she has developed courses on fantasy literature, the Gothic, contemporary adaptations of Sherlock Holmes, and queer and racialized vampire fiction. She is currently constructing a course on comic book superheroes and leading an undergraduate research team to develop potential English literature courses focusing on video games.
Leah Faye Norris is a third year PhD student at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the Research Assistant for the English department’s Center for Modernism, Materialism and Aesthetics. A recent experience teaching a Science Fiction course pushed Leah towards exploring her theoretical investments in embodiment, gender and trauma studies in a Science Fiction context, and she has found the link between social critique and futuristic imaginaries to be a generative way to approach deeply entrenched problematics in multiple fields.
Charul (Chuckie) Palmer-Patel is the founder of the international Fantastika Journal, a journal that brings together researchers from a diverse range of fields in Fantastika genre literatures, including Fantasy, Science Fiction, Alternate History, Gothic, Steampunk, and any other radically imaginative narrative space. She holds a PhD from Lancaster University, UK and is currently based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Meredith Pasahow is about to begin her second semester of doctoral work at Texas Woman’s University, where she recently received her Master’s in English Literature. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition. Ultimately, Meredith’s goal is to teach English literature and composition at a university level. However, science-fiction, in particular dystopian fiction, has always held a special place in her heart. Her thesis, “Hope is Not a Mistake: The Importance of Community in Dystopian Media,” examines four works within the dystopian genre and how each of them focuses around the idea of community.
Wendy Gay Pearson is currently an Associate Professor in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at the University of Western Ontario. She is the co-editor with Susan Knabe of Reverse Shots: Indigenous Film and Media in an International Context (WLU Press, 2014) and the co-author, also with Susan Knabe, of Zero Patience (Arsenal, 2011) on John Greyson’s eponymous film. In addition, she is the co-editor (with Veronica Hollinger and Joan Gordon) of Queer Universes: Sexualities in Science Fiction (Liverpool UP, 2008) and a past winner of the Science Fiction Research Association’s Pioneer Award.
Meghan K. Riley is a doctoral candidate in English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo. Her dissertation examines speculative fiction literature, film, and television through a postcolonial lens, arguing that introduction to postcolonial theory through speculative fiction can assist secondary and postsecondary students in critical reflection on their own subject identities as well as media representations of race and gender. Meghan’s other research interests include the relevance of fMRIs on postpartum depressed women and men to provide a model for feminist science, and transnational feminist pedagogy.
Garth Sabo is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at Michigan State University. He studies contemporary scatological literature, theories of waste, and material ecocriticism. His dissertation project, titled “Assemblage as Ass-semblance,” argues for a revised theoretical response to human waste in light of new representations of the human microbiome, the infrastructure of sewage, and excremental kinship practices.
Paul Scott is associate professor of French and affiliate faculty at the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas. He works on subversion, particularly during the early modern period, and is currently engaged in a book-length project tentatively entitled Manageable Monsters: Humanizing the Dehumanized, Subhuman, and Non-Human which will contain other chapters on loveable aliens (alien-human relationships), sympathetic serial killers, virtuous vampires, and animated allies (on manga, anime, and gaming). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and General Editor of the Year’s Work for Modern Language Studies (Brill).
Nicholas Serruys is an Associate Professor in the Department of French at McMaster University. His research centers on the literature of Québec and the poetics of utopia and science fiction. He has published articles in French and in English, the latter of which have appeared in Science Fiction Studies (41, March 2014: 93-119) and Utopian Studies (28.1, 2017: 72-129). He is also the author of a forthcoming book entitled Progrès, dérives et autres sens du véhicule dans la science-fiction québécoise contemporaine (Presses Universitaires de Valenciennes).
Rebekah Sheldon is Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University and the author of The Child to Come: Life After the Human Catastrophe (Minn UP 2016). Her work has appeared in Science Fiction Studies, Science Fiction Film and Television, Ada: Journal of Gender, New Media and Technoscience, and The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction.
Mark Soderstrom has been a professional blacksmith, carpenter, labor organizer, and musician. He is now professing in the MALS and Work and Labor Policy programs of SUNY-Empire State College. He has published work on labor history, history of science, oral history, neoliberalism, and speculative fiction.
Evdokia Stefanopoulou was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1983. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Film Studies Department, in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the same department and a master’s degree in Cultural Studies: Semiotics and Communication, from the University of Western Macedonia. The topic of her research is the American science fiction film in the 21st century. Her research interests include film theory, science fiction, gender and technoculture.
Mihaela Stoica is a contributor to Reading Chicago Reading, an interdisciplinary digital humanities project at DePaul University in Chicago. She recently completed a M.A. thesis with Distinction exploring gender ambivalence and the subversive nature of James Tiptree, Jr.’s science fiction.
David Sweeney is a lecturer in Design History and Theory at the Glasgow School of Art specialising in popular culture.
Joseph Earl Thomas is an MFA candidate in prose at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on the subversive potential of speculative fiction, particularly contemporary Black writers, trauma narratives, and the broadening applications of Afro-Pessimism. He is also interested in nonhuman theory, and how nonhuman entities, including former humans, create outlets for future human interactions. His creative work can be found in Apiary, Philadelphia Printworks, The Offing, and Philadelphia Stories, where he was a finalist for the 2016 Sandy Crimmins National Prize in Poetry. He is working on a memoir, and the novel God Bless You, Otis Spunkmeyer.
Tony M. Vinci is an Assistant Professor of English at Ohio University-Chillicothe, where he teaches literature, humanities, and creative writing. He is co-editor of Culture, Identities, and Technology in the Star Wars Films and has published in The Faulkner Journal, The Journal of Popular Culture, Science Fiction Film and Television, The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, and collections of literary scholarship and cultural criticism. His research interests include twentieth-century American literature and culture, ethics, trauma studies, posthumanism, and speculative fiction and film.
Mason Wales is a PhD student in Cinema and Media Studies at York University. Her research focuses on the relationship between popular screen fiction and political culture.
Clare Wall is in the fifth year of her PhD at York University where she is studying contemporary posthumanism. Her thesis “Eco-Tech Futures: Environmentally Resituating Technology in Twenty-First Century Posthuman Fiction” explores the relationship between posthuman modes of being, technology, and an ecologically situated ethics. Clare has recently presented papers at the Peter Watts Symposium, the Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy in Toronto, and World Science Fiction Con in Helsinki. Her article “Here Be Monsters: Posthuman Adaptation and Subjectivity in Peter Watts’ Starfish” appears in the Canadian Fantastic in Focus anthology.
Karen Weingarten is an Associate Professor of English at Queens College, City University of New York. Her first book, Abortion in the American Imagination: Before Life and Choice, 1880-1940, was published by Rutgers University Press in 2014.
Christina Wiendels is a second year PhD candidate in the English & Cultural Studies department at McMaster University. She nurtures a broad-range of interests, including early modern poetry, 20th-century British & Irish literature, and science fiction and fantasy short stories. In the first year of her PhD, she took a course titled Science Fiction: Mind Worlds and the Boundaries of the Human, taught by Dr. Anne Savage. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “Justifying the Ways of God to Men: Language and Theodicy in Milton’s Paradise Lost,” will probe the relationship between language, theodicy, and the human condition in John Milton’s Paradise Lost.
Nizar Zouidi Ph.D. (born 1983) is a lecturer of English at the department of Education at the higher institute of Energy Sciences and Technology Gafsa Tunisia. Nizar received his Ph.D. from the University of Manouba (Tunisia) in 2017. He published a number of academic works and attended conferences and seminars worldwide. His research interests are varied. They include English literature, cultural studies and pedagogy. His main area of research is Renaissance drama, specifically the theatrical representation(s) of evil in the Early Modern period. He is also interested in contemporary cultural and aesthetic representations of evil. Hence, his interest in videogames. He participated in a number of conferences on the subject and is publishing an article about Bioware games.