Conference 'Race, Gender and Technology in Science-Fiction'

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The Maison Française d'Oxford will be hosting a free 4-Day International Symposium on Race, Gender and Technology in Science-Fiction from the classical period to the present.

This event is free, but lunch won't be provided to the public.

This conference is part of the 4-day event 'Transgressing Boundaries in Science-Fiction' 

Bookings essential.


Thursday 25 April

9.30am Coffee and welcome

10.15am Introduction/Welcome

10.30am Colonialism/Race/Politics

10.30am Paul WEINDLING (Oxford Brookes)
'The boys from Brazil as a cloning Conspiracy'

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 Lunch Break

1.00pm Racial Purity, Gender and the Body

1.00-1.30pm Hélène MACHINAL (Université de Bretagne Occidentale)
'Posthuman bodies and Empowerment: reaching beyond dualism in Sci-Fi TV series'

1.30-2.00pm Khalil THIRLAWAY (Science Museum)
'Do you really get it though? Representing mixed-ancestry identities in science fiction'


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'


Friday 26 April

9.00am Coffee

9.30am Technology and Politics

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 Lunch Break

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

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)


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)


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)