University of California, Riverside

Eaton Science Fiction Conference

Saturday Schedule

Schedule of Events for Saturday, February 12

8 a.m.–8 p.m.( Subject to change);

8 a.m.

Announcements (all rooms)

8:15–9:30 a.m.

Paper sessions


Mexican And South American SF

Moderator: Craig Jacobsen (Mesa Community College)

Andrea Bell (Hamline University), “A Critique of Industrialization in Hugo Correa’s Avatar Stories”

M. Elizabeth Ginway (University of Florida) and Alfredo Suppia (Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil), “Science Fiction in the Cinematic Works of Brazilian Director Jorge Furtado”

Dale Knickerbocker (East Carolina University), “La destrucción de todas las cosas by Hugo Hiriart: A Mexican Postmodern Anti — Apocalypse”

San Gabriel

Neocolonialism, Global Capitalism, and Monstrous Subalterns

Moderator: Mark Bould (University of the West of England)

Diane Nelson (Duke University), “Pirates, Bandits, Maya and the Spirits of Capital”

Steven Shaviro (Wayne State University), “Deflationary Transhumanism in Splice

Jerry Winter (UC, Riverside), “‘Humans Cheaper than Robots’: Ian McDonald’s River of Gods and The Subaltern

San Diego East

Feminist SF And Utopia

Moderator: Jennifer Kavetsky (UC Riverside)

Annie Schnarr (UC Riverside), “Postcolonial Feminisms and Science Fiction”

Amanda Thibodeau (University of Miami), “Feminist Political Ecology and Reading Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood

Robert Wood “Rethinking Herland: Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Contradictory Reimagination of Domesticity”

San Diego West

SF And Militarism

Moderator: Ian Ross (UC Riverside)

Emma Keltie (University of Canberra) and Natalie Krikowa (independent artist), “Battlestar Galactica: An Examination of How Science — Fiction Television Enables Audiences to Explore Psycho — Social Consequences of Modern Warfare”

V. Lazaro Zamora (UC Riverside), “Way of the BFG: The Role of Science Fiction in U.S. Militarization from the Cold War to the Present”

9:45–11 a.m.

Paper sessions


Nalo Hopkinson #1: Bodies and Desires

Moderator: Sherryl Vint (Brock University)

Jayna Brown (UC Riverside), “Our Seven Senses: Bodily Rehabitation in the Works of Nalo Hopkinson”

Tamara Ho (UC Riverside), “Imagining Otherwise: Queer/Feminist Toolmaking in Nalo Hopkinson’s Fiction”

Wendy Gay Pearson (University of Western Ontario), “New Cartographies of Desire: Nalo Hopkinson’s Queer Worlds

San Gabriel

Global Contexts of Early SF

Moderator: Arthur B. Evans (DePauw University)

Rachel Haywood Ferreira (Iowa State University), “From Caras y Caretas to Más Allá to www.Axxón: Argentine SF (in) Magazines”

Bed Paudyal (University of Hawai’i at Manoa), “Imperialism and the Sublime of the Enlightenment in Jules Verne’s voyages extraordinaires

John Rieder (University of Hawaii), “John Henry Palmer’s The Invasion of New York, or How Hawaii Was Annexed: Political Discourse and Emergent Mass Culture in 1897”

San Diego East

Polish SF

Moderator: Joan Gordon (Nassau Community College)

Paweł Frelik (Maria Curie — Skłodowska University), “After the Curtain: Post — 1989 Science Fiction in Poland”

Greg Stone (University of Texas San Antonio) “The Cinematic Misinterpretation of Stanisław Lem’s Solaris

San Diego West

The Cold War and its Legacies

Moderator: Richard Hunt (UC Riverside)

Susan A. George (UC Merced), “It’s about Time the Americans Showed Up: 1950s U.S. Ingenuity in a Global Context”

Steffen Hantke (Sogang University), “Local Hero, Global Context: Wolfgang F. Henschel’s Alpha Alpha and Cold War Television”

Larisa Mikhaylova (Moscow State University), “Images of the Space Future in Different Parts of Global Community in 2010: An Experience of Judging Contests on SF about Space in Russia and the USA”

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Paper Sessions


Nalo Hopkinson #2: Caribbean/Canadian SF

Moderator: Tamara Ho (UC Riverside)

Alexis Charles (Stanford University), “Intergalactic Caribbeanness: Exploring Diaspora and Carnival in Nalo Hopkinson’s Midnight Robber

Shaun Duke (University of Florida), “The Interstellar Initiative: Space and Identity in Expatriate Caribbean Science Fiction”

Arianna Gremigni (University of Florence), “Strange Encounters in Canadian Science Fiction: Nalo Hopkinson's Midnight Robber

San Gabriel

Neal Stephenson

Moderator: David Wittenberg (University of Iowa)

Stewart Baker (CSU, Dominguez Hills), “Citizen of the World: The Problem of Naïve Globalization in Neal Stephenson’s Anathem

Regina Yung Lee (UC Riverside), “The Three Graces: Subversion, Perversity, and Agency in Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age

Helen Harrison (Central Washington University), “Re:Coding Mind: Cognition and Religion in Snow Crash

San Diego East

The Eaton Conference In Global Perspective

Moderator: Melissa Conway (UC Riverside)

Leslie Kay Swigart (CSU Long Beach), “Globalizing Eaton and SF Scholarship”


Gregory Benford (UC Irvine)

Howard Hendrix (CSU Fresno)

San Diego West

Gender And Politics In SF Television

Moderator: Annie Schnarr (UC Riverside)

Jennifer Kavetsky (UC Riverside), “Redemption and Reproduction in Battlestar Galactica and Caprica

David Layton (DeVry University), “Doctor Who and the Critique of Capitalism”

Leonid Leonov (UC Riverside), “Fertility Anxiety in Battlestar Galactica and Lost

12:30–2 p.m.

Lunch Break

2–3 p.m.

Paper Sessions


Nalo Hopkinson #3: Postcolonial Spirituality

Moderator: Mark Young (UC Riverside)

Shelby L. Crosby (University of Memphis), “Faith, Love, and Revolution in Nalo Hopkinson’s The Salt Roads

James H. Thrall (Knox College), “Women, Spirits, and Postcolonial Speculation in Nalo Hopkinson’s The Salt Roads

San Gabriel

Harlan Ellison

Moderator: Brooks Landon (University of Iowa)

Phil Nichols (University of Wolverhampton), “Living in a Limited World: Omniscience and Point of View in the Works of Harlan Ellison”

Rob Latham (UC Riverside), “Approaches to Oblivion: Harlan Ellison in the 1960s and 1970s”

San Diego East

SF (Multi)Media: History And Theory

Moderator: Kristin Noone (UC Riverside)

Howard Hendrix (CSU — Fresno), “All the Depth is on the Surface: Globalization and the Flat — screening of the Science Fiction Universe”

Nicholas C. Laudadio (University of North Carolina, Wilmington), “Mechanical Instruments, Domesticity, and Midcentury Science Fiction”

San Diego West

Religion, SF and Otherness

Moderator: De Witt Douglas Kilgore (Indiana University)

Toby B. Johnson (UC Riverside), “The Fictions of Religion in Science Fiction: The Appropriation of Religion in SF’s Vision of the ‘Other’”

Stephanie A. Smith (University of Florida), “They Meant No Harm: Exploration, Exploitation and Empire ad majorem Dei gloriam in Maria Doria Russell’s The Sparrow and The Children of God

Plenary Events (at Culver Center for the Arts)

4 p.m.

Keynote Address

by Mike Davis (UC Riverside), “Remembering Ward Moore and the ‘Lawn That Ate L.A.’”

Introduced by: Stephen Cullenberg, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (UC Riverside)

4:45–6 p.m.

Panel Discussion: What is Global Science Fiction?

Moderator: Rob Latham (UC Riverside)

Istvan Csicsery — Ronay, Jr.
Nalo Hopkinson
China Miéville
Karen Tei Yamashita

6 p.m.

Award Presentations

Students Science Fiction Short Story Contest

Judges: Sheila Finch and Howard Hendrix

J. Lloyd Eaton Lifetime Awards in Science Fiction
Presented by Ruth M. Jackson, University Librarian, UCR Libraries
  • the 2010 award, to Samuel R. Delany

    represented by C. Freedman,
  • the 2011 award, to Harlan Ellison

    in person

7–8 p.m.


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