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CRSF is a postgraduate conference designed to promote the research of speculative fictions including, but not limited to, science fiction, fantasy and horror.

Our aim is to showcase some of the latest developments in this dynamic and evolving field, by providing a platform for the presentation of current research by postgraduates. The conference will also encourage the discussion of this research and the construction of crucial networks with fellow researchers.

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Friday, 14 June 2013

CRSF 2013 Final Schedule

Barring any last minute problems or issues, the below schedule is representative of how the day will go:

VENUE: The Mathematical Sciences Building, The University of Liverpool.



9:00 - 9:30
Registration and Refreshments    Mathematical Sciences Building Reception          

9:30 -10:30
Keynote Lecture #1: Dr. Peter Wright
         Room 029

10:30 -12:00
Fans & Fandom

Room 029
• Kerry McAuliffe
• Kasi Paterson
• Mark R. Adams
The Urban

Room 103
• Felicia Buciu
• Amy Butt
• Adam Welstead

Undead Icons

Room 104
  Beverley Dear
  Jennifer Harwood-Smith
  Michelle Yost
Linguistics

Room 105
• Mateusz Marecki
• Amanda Dillon
• Lykara Rydar
12:00 -13:00
Television

Room 029
• Marie Lottman
• Eve Bennett


Anthropology and Travel
Room 103
• Giulia Iannuzzi
• Rhys Williams
Margaret Atwood

Room 104
• Miriam Rune
• Lucas Alexander Boulding
Gibson and Cyber-Culture
Room 105
• Grace Halden
• Anna McFarlane

13:00 -13:45
Lunch           Mathematical Sciences Building Reception

13:45 -14:45
Keynote Lecture #2: Pat Cadigan
        Room 029

14:45 -16:15
Biology and Environment
Room 029
• Sandra Mänty
• Katherine Buse
• Chris Pak
Myriad Horrors

Room 103
• Valerio
De Simone
• Vitor Cei
• David McWilliam

Liminal Fantasy

Room 104

• Carolyn Ellam
• Audrey Taylor
• Leimar Garcia-Siino

[Room Vacant]
16:15 -16:30
Refreshment Break          Mathematical Sciences Building Reception

16:30 -18:00
Alternative Media
Room 029
• Jacob Murphy
• Andrew Cooper
• Glyn Morgan
Post-Catastrophic
Room 103
• Claire Browne
• Arthur Newman
• Zosia Kuczynska

[Room Vacant]

[Room Vacant]
18.00 -19.00
Post-Conference Wine Reception                    Mathematical Sciences
and Official Conference Group Photo                  Building Reception


Panel 1.1: Fans and Fandom (10:30 – 12:00, Room 029)

  • McAuliffe, Kerry – Fandom in Fiction and “The Family Business”: Fan Participation and Reformation in the Narratives of Supernatural
  • Paterson, Kasi – “Silhouettes from Popular Culture”
  • Adams, Mark Richard – Lunatics Running the Asylum: Exploring the Influence of Fandom and Fan-Producers on the Narrative Worlds of Doctor Who

Panel 1.2: The Urban (10:30 – 12:00, Room 103)

  • Buciu, Felicia – Anger and Abulia: Two Faces of Collective Anxiety in Selected English and Italian Dystopian Fiction
  • Butt, Amy – The Tower City
  • Welstead, Adam – Dystopia and the “Crowd” in 21st Century British Writing

Panel 1.3: Undead Icons (10:30 – 12:00, Room 104)

  • Dear, Beverley – From Coffin to Couch: Fin-de-Siècle Anxieties and the Rise of the Psychological Vampire.
  • Harwood-Smith, Jennifer – The Death of the Mind: The True Fear at the Heart of the Zombie Narrative
  • Yost, Michelle – Preparing for Horror: the Zombie Survival Market

Panel 1.4: Linguistics (10:30 – 12:00, Room 105)

  • Marecki, Mateusz – From the Real to the Fantastic to the Scientific: Double Reading in Joan Slonczewski’s Brain Plague
  • Dillon, Amanda – Worlds Out of Words: World-Building and Metafiction in Ursula K. LeGuin’s ‘Feeling at Home With the Hennebet’ and ‘The Language of the Nna Mmoy’
  • Ryder, Lykara – Not All Conlang Material is Written in a Conlang

Panel 2.1: Television (12:00 – 13:00, Room 029)

  • Lottman, Marie – Ambiguous Objects in 1970s SF Set Design: “Raumpatrouille Orion”
  • Bennett, Eve – The Mad Doll in the Attic: Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse as Female Gothic for the Neoliberal Era

Panel 2.2: Anthropology and Travel (12:00 – 13:00, Room 103)

  • Iannuzzi, Giulia – Italy on Mars: Italian SF Between Space Travel and Hallucination
  • Williams, Rhys – Anthropology & the Fantastic: Magic, Rationality & Fetish

Panel 2.3: Margaret Atwood (16:30 – 18:00, Room 104)

  • Rune, Miriam – ‘Seeing Gestalt’: Genre Expectations, and How Perspectives Further the Transhumanism Debate in Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake.
  • Boulding, Lucas Alexander – Mrs Brown Among The Crakers: Character and Virtue in Speculative Fiction

Panel 2.4: Gibson and Cyberculture (14:45 – 16:15, Room 105)

  • Halden, Grace – The Technologically Rapine: Science Fiction and Technology during the 1980s with specific reference to William Gibson’s Neuromancer (1984)
  • McFarlane, Anna – Gestalt Perception in William Gibson: ‘Fractals’ and Pattern Recognition

Panel 3.1: The Environment (14:45 – 16:15, Room 029)

  • Mänty, Sandra – Umwelt and its Application in Literary Analysis
  • Buse, Katherine – Heat Maps: American SF, Global Warming, and the Shape of History in the 1990s
  • Pak, Chris – ‘The Goal of Martian Economics is not “Sustainable Development” but a Sustainable Prosperity for its Entire Biosphere’: Science Fiction and the Sustainability Debate

Panel 3.2: Myriad Horrors (14:45 – 16:15, Room 103)

  • De Simone, Valerio – “Slasher Movies and Feminism”
  • Cei, Vitor - New Aeon: Aleister Crowley and Raul Seixas on Thelema and Counterculture
  • McWilliam, David – ‘Beyond the Mountains of Madness’: Lovecraftian Cosmic Horror and Posthuman Creationism in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (2012)

Panel 3.3: Liminal Fantasy (14:45 – 16:15, Room 104)

  • Ellam, Carolyn – “Falling Between Categories”: Realism and Fantasy in Looking for Eric (Ken Loach, 2009)
  • Taylor, Audrey – The Formulation of ‘Active Time’ in Fantasy Literature
  • Garcia-Siino, Leimar – Exploring Gaiman: The Colourless Worlds of Coraline and The Graveyard Book

Panel 4.1: Alternative Media (16:30 – 18:00, Room 029)

  • Murphy, Jacob - ‘Always “We Had No Choice”’: An Exploration of Freedom and Unfreedom in the Final Fantasy X Saga.
  • Cooper, Andrew – Smallville: From Print to Screen and Back Again.
  • Morgan, Glyn – More Than Just Maus: The Holocaust in Comics.

Panel 4.2: Post-Catastrophic (16:30 – 18:00, Room 103)

  • Browne, Claire – Worse Games to Play: Death, Hope and Trauma in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy 
  • A Short Suite on the Theme of Post-Catastrophic Space-Time:
  • Newman, Arthur – ‘An Argument in Time’: Iron Council as Post-Catastrophic Novel.
  • Kuczyńska, Zosia – ‘Total Event Collapse’: Post-Catastrophic Space-Time and its Place in Speculative Fiction

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