112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Science Fiction II: Aliens, Cyborgs, and Other Gendered Bodies

Session Chair: 
Rudi Kraeher, University of California, Riverside
Session 6: Saturday 10:30am-12:00pm
RCC Raincross A
Topic Area: 


  1. Stina Attebery, "University of California, Riverside"
    "Space Doggity" counters Laika's memorialization as a “sacrifice” for science by reimagining her as a "mad astronaut," a SF figure whose insanity and rejection of the space program directly counters the impulse to treat astronauts as celebrities or sacrifices. 
  2. Holly Batty, "California State University, Northridge"
    Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, creators of the grapic novel We3, Philip K. Dick in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, and Michael Bulgakov in Heart of a Dog all draw upon a posthuman paradigm; the image of a cyborg shatters the binary between the bodies of human and nonhuman animals. 
  3. Jennifer Kavetsky, University of California, Riverside
    A watershed moment in numerous socio-historical narratives, World War II saw the U.S. emerge as both a world power and as a leader in scientific developments. I consider how women were portrayed in science fiction during the war as a way to understand changing understandings of gender roles and behaviors.
  4. Shiela Pardee, Independent Scholar
    Rescued by Aliens: Marriage and Kinship in Kurt Vonnegut’s Speculative Novels will focus on an aspect of Vonnegut’s anthropological study that has not been explored: his transformation of disciplinary theories of marriage and kinship, including emergent anthropological structuralism, into satire on extremes of endogamy and exogamy and varieties of artificial kinship.
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