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Contact:
Anne-Sophie Gabillas
communications@mfo.ac.uk

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Transgressing Boundaries in Science Fiction

24-27 April 2019
Maison Française d'Oxford

CONFERENCE 'Race, Gender and Technology in Science-Fiction'
25-27 April 2019

Scientific Committee:
Simon Bréan (Université Paris Sorbonne), Paul Edwards (MFO, CNRS/LARCA, Université Paris Diderot), Elodie Grossi (MFO, UVSQ), Thomas Lacroix (MFO,CNRS), Iwan Morus (Aberystwyth University), Vivien Prigent (MFO, CNRS), Amanda Rees (University of York), Marie Thébaud-Sorger (MFO, CNRS)

PROGRAMME

THURSDAY 25 APRIL

9.30am     Coffee and welcome

 

10.15am     Introduction/Welcome

 

10.30am    Colonialism/Race/Politics

Chair: Thomas Lacroix (MFO)

 

10.30am    Gado ALZOUMA (American University of Nigeria)

'Possible future(s): ethnic identity in Nnedi Okorafor’s The Shadow Speaker'

 

11.00am  Sascha CRASNOW (University of Michigan)

'The Surrealism of Colonialism: Larissa Sansour’s Nation Estate and In the Future They Ate From the Fonest Porcelain'

 

11.30am  Sarah WALTCHER (Oxford University)

'Who Sleeps?: Insomnia, Identity, and Affective Labor in Sleep Science-Fiction'

12.00-1.00pm     Buffet lunch

 

1.00pm     Racial Purity, Gender and the Body

Chair: Amanda Rees (University of York) & Paul Edwards (MFO)

 

1.00-1.30pm   Hélène MACHINAL (Université de Bretagne Occidentale)

'Posthuman bodies and Empowerment: reaching beyond dualism in Sci-Fi TV'

 

1.30-2.00pm    Khalil THIRLAWAY (Science Museum)

'Do you really get it though? Representing mixed-ancestry identities in science fiction'

 

2.00-2.30pm    Paul WEINDLING (Oxford Brookes)

'The boys from Brazil as a cloning Conspiracy'

Pause

3.00-3.30pm     Kate FOSTER (King’s college)

'The Ambiguous Android: Building the Perfect ‘Woman’ in  Villiers de l’Isle-Adam's L'Ève future'

 

3.30-4.00pm     Chelsea HAITH (Faculty of English, Oxford)
'Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism: Anti-Anthropogenic Narrative in Queer Space Opera Series Wayfarers'

 

4.00-4:30pm      Barbara EGGERT (Donau-Universität)

'Back to the strip with barbarella the transmedial code of undressing from sci-fi comics to film and back again'

Coffee

 

5.30-7.15pm     FILM NIGHT

 

5.30-5.50pm     Codutra MORARI (Wellesley College)

'Technological and Spiritual Knowledgein René Laloux’s Fantastic Planet'

 

6.00-7.15pm      Screening of 'La planète sauvage' (René Laloux, 1973, 1h12min)

French with English Subtitles

 

FRIDAY 26 APRIL

 

9.00am     Coffee

 

9.30am     Technology and Politics

Chair: Marie Thébaud-Sorger & Vivien Prigent (MFO)

 

9.30-10.00am     Lu GAN (University of Bayreuth)

'Toxic Discourse and Asian speculation in Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl (2009) and Chang Rae Lee's On Such a Full Sea (2014)'

 

10.00-10.30am    Ben GREET (University of Reading)

'Roman Motifs as Fascist Aesthetics in Star Trek: Discovery'

Pause

 

11.00-11.30am     Nat MULLER (Birmingham City University)

'Absented Dreams: Science Fiction and Tales of Modernity and Loss in Joana Hadjithomad and Khalil Joreige's The Lebanese Rocket Society'

 

11.30am-12.00pm    Jade HINCHCLIFFE (University of Hull)

'Surveillance, Social Sorting and science-Fiction: An Exploration of Biometrics and Race in Sabrina Vourvoulias'Ink (2012)'

 

12.00-1.00pm    Buffet lunch

1.00pm      Identities, Technology and Politics: Sci-fi as Emancipation or Norm

Chair: Iwan Morus (Aberystwyth University) & Elodie Grossi (MFO, UVSQ)

1.00-1.30pm     Marianne KAC-VERGNE (Université de Picardie Jules Verne)

'The Black Other in the Predator franchise'

1.30-2.00pm     Jessica KASJE (Yale University)

'Star Trek and the Prime Directive: Socialist Utopia for Some'

Pause

 

2.30-3.00pm     Marit HANSON (University of Minnesota)

'The semantics of Solodarity: radical Vulnerability and Gendered Langagein Spanish Peninsular Science Fiction'

 

3.00-3.30     John CHRISTIE (Oxford)

'[Harari’s] Homo Deus and [John Crowley’s] Totalitopia: Historiographical and Fictional Futures'

Coffee

4.00-5.30pm     Roundtable: Telling Stories about Science Fiction: Race, Gender and Authority in the Histories of the Future

Amanda REES (University of York), Iwan MORUS (Aberystwyth University), Charlotte SLEIGH (Kent), Will SLOCOMBE (Liverpool), Kanta DIHAL (University of Cambridge)

Pause

6.00-8.00 pm       FILM NIGHT in the Presence of Filmaker Marc Caro

6.00-7.50     Screening of 'La Cité des Enfants Perdus' (Jean Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, 1995, 1h52min)
in French with English Subtitles

SATURDAY 27 APRIL

 

9.00am coffee
 

9.30-11.00am     Roundtable: Beyond Gender

Sasha MYERSON (Birkbeck College), Amy BUTT (University of Reading), Katie STONE (Birkbeck College),Rachel HILL (Goldsmiths, University of London), Tom DILLON (Birkbeck College)

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