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
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)
THURSDAY 25 APRIL
9.30am Coffee and welcome
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'
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'
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
9.30am 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'
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'
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'
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)
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
9.30-11.00am 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)