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The Science Fiction Studies Symposium:

The Histories of Science Fiction

April 30, 2009, 2-4:30PM
Special Collections, Rivera Library 4th floor

“A History of the Future,”
Veronica Hollinger (Trent University)

   Veronica Hollinger is Professor of Cultural Studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. She has published many articles on science fiction, with particular attention to feminist sf, postmodernism, queer theory, and technoculture studies. She has been a co-editor of Science Fiction Studies since 1990 and has co-edited three scholarly collections: Blood Read: The Vampire as Metaphor in Contemporary Culture (1997), Edging into the Future: Science Fiction and Contemporary Cultural Transformation (2002), and Queer Universes: Sexualities in Science Fiction (2008). She is a past vice-president of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts and a winner of the Science Fiction Research Association's Pioneer Award.

“Aliens, Robots and Other Racial Matters in the History of Science Fiction”
De Witt Douglas Kilgore (University of Indiana)

   De Witt Douglas Kilgore is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Indiana University. He is the author of Astrofuturism: Science, Race and Visions of Utopia in Space (2003). His current research includes work on popular narratives emerging from the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). He is a consulting editor for Science Fiction Studies and Extrapolation. Recent publications include articles in Queer Universes: Sexuality in Science Fiction (2008) and Societal Impact of Spaceflight (2008). He is a winner of the Science Fiction Research Association’s Pioneer Award.

“Science Fiction and Cultural History: Lines, Pyramids, Networks, Rhizomes”
Roger Luckhurst (University of London)

   Roger Luckhurst is Professor of Modern Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has published four books: The Angle Between Two Walls: The Fiction of J.G. Ballard (1997), The Invention of Telepathy (2002), Science Fiction (2005), and The Trauma Question (2008). He is currently working on a cultural history of Victorian and Edwardian mummy curses and editing a new Oxford World’s Classics edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

    Moderated by Rob Latham (UC-Riverside)