University of California, Riverside

Eaton Science Fiction Conference

Thursday, April 11, 2013

8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Session 1: Musical Performances in Science Fiction

Music as Mediator in Giorgio Moroder's Metropolis
Zarah Ersoff, University of California, Los Angeles
Opera's Grand Otherness: On Wings of Song and The Fifth Element
Mitchell Morris, University of California, Los Angeles
Teutonic Static: The Audio Filters of Philip K. Dick's Martian Time-Slip
Sean Nye, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Session 2: Creature Features: Science Fictional Cinematic
Approaches to Animals

Formaldehyde Fish and Drivable Ducks: SF Forms and Environmental Themes in a Global Speculative Fiction Course
Bridgitte Barclay, Aurora University
SWARMS! And the Spatial Subversion of Utopia
Nicole de Fee, Louisiana Tech University
The Alien Animal: National Geographic Channel as SF Text
Darcie Rives-East, Augustana College

Session 3: Apocalypse and Social Change

The Limits of Creative Self-Destruction
Carl Gutierrez-Jones, University of California, Santa Barbara
Science Fiction: For the Treatment of Depression
Kathleen McHugh, University of California, Los Angeles
Post-Apocalyptic New York and the Case against Gentrification
Jeff Hicks, University of California, Riverside

Session 4: Utopian Dreams and Artificial Realities

"My Mind Was Like a Stranger": Informatics and Jeff Noon's Vurt Cycle
Matt Englund, Binghamton University
Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Models of Utopia in SF
Peter Sands, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Eerie Eyes and Stunted Love: Augmented Reality in Daniel Lazo and Eran May-raz's Sight
Matthew Snyder, University of California, Riverside

Session 5: History and Politics in Classic Science Fiction

Understanding and Controlling History: Asimov, Heinlein, and Histories of the Future
Jari Käkelä, University of Helsinki
New Media, Same Old Ideas: H.G. Wells, the Enlightenment, and Things to Come
Bradford Lyau, Independent Scholar

Session 6: Costume, Design, and Visual Effects in Science Fiction Film & Television

Fantasy and Reality in Science Fiction Film and Science Fiction in the Context of 2001: A Space Odyssey
Ratnakar Bhelkar, Dhanwate National College
"It's a Lot Cooler When Girls Aren't Looking at It": Masculine Anxiety, Compensation and Costume in The Big Bang Theory
Brian Loftus, University of California, Riverside

33 Years of Movie Magic
Don Shay, Publisher, Cinefex
Jody Duncan, Editor, Cinefex

Session 7: Gender Roles and Masquerade

To Boldly 'Not' Go Where No Woman Has Gone Before: Traditional Gender Roles in the Hard Science Fiction Series Planetes
Paul Price, Independent Scholar
Apparatuses of Capture: Producing a New Regime of Accumulation Through a New Community of Men
Robert Wood, University of California, Irvine
(Un)Making the Self: The Rhetorical Reconstruction of the Resisting Subject in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale
Flavia Ruzi, University of California, Riverside


Break: 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.


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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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