UCR Hosts Science Fiction and Technology Symposium

The May 17 event features science fiction and technoculture scholars from the U.S. and Poland.

Image of moon from "A Trip to the Moon"

The first science fiction film was George Melies’ 1902 “A Trip to the Moon.”

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Nine American and Polish scholars of science fiction and technology will convene in a daylong symposium on science fiction at the University of California, Riverside on Thursday, May 17, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Special Collections Reading Room on the fourth floor of the Rivera Library.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Parking costs $6. The symposium is sponsored by the Chancellor’s Strategic Investment Fund.

“UCR is one of the very few universities in the world to have a major library archive in science fiction and a substantial cohort of researchers, writers, and teachers whose work engages with science fiction and technoculture studies,” said Rob Latham, professor of English and the event organizer. “Since our goal is to establish a degree program in the field, this one-day symposium is geared to address issues relevant to graduate- and undergraduate-level research and teaching in science fiction and technoculture. Our hope is that ideas seeded at this event will find fruition in future academic initiatives at UCR.”

Panels and presenters are:

Science and Science Fiction 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Colin Milburn, professor of  English and technoculture studies at UC Davis, author of  “Nanovision: Engineering the Future “ (2008); Vernor Vinge, professor emeritus of computer science at San Diego State University, award-winning science-fiction author of “A Fire Upon the Deep” (1992) and “Rainbows End” (2006); and Sherryl Vint, professor of English, Brock University, author of “Animal Alterity: Science Fiction and the Question of the Animal” (2010).

Trends in Science Fiction Criticism 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr., professor of English at DePauw University, author of “The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction” (2008); John Rieder, professor of English at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, author of “Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction” (2008); and Lisa Yaszek, professor of literature, communication, and culture at Georgia Tech, author of “Galactic Suburbia: Recovering Women’s Science Fiction” (2008).

Teaching Science Fiction 3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Pawel Frelik, associate professor of English at Marie-Curie Skodowska University (Poland) and Fulbright Scholar in Residence at UCR; Brooks Landon, professor of English at the University of Iowa, author of “Science Fiction After 1900: From the Steam Man to the Stars” (1995); and Lisa Swanstrom, assistant professor of English at Florida Atlantic University, author of numerous articles on science fiction, technoculture studies, and digital humanities.

For more information, contact Latham at rob.latham@ucr.edu.

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