Academic Program

Renovation's Academic Program is an interdisciplinary mini-conference within the convention, offering members an opportunity to sample new and current research on science fiction and other topics. In keeping with the Renovation theme of New Frontiers, the Academic Program adopted the general theme of Speculative Frontiers: Reading, Seeing, Being, Going, calling for papers reflecting on real and imagined frontiers whether physical, social, or technological.

Speculative Frontiers runs Thursday August 18 through Saturday August 20, and spotlights scholarly work on topics as diverse as the representation of human values in media zombies and the psychological issues involved in travel in deep space.

The original call for papers, which contains largely the same information, can be downloaded here. The proceedings are also available. Lastly, the academic program schedule is provided below as of August 15 2011 (but is, of course, subject to change.)

Thursday, August 18, 2011
11am String Theory Frontiers: Tying Together Outer Space and the Inner Spaces of Ocean and Internet in Vonda N. McIntyre's Starfarers
Linda Kay Hardie
12pm The Time Paradox
J.L. Evans
2pm Destroying Imagination to Save Reality: The Apocalyptic Frontier in Science Fiction
Keira Hambrick
3pm Sling the Dangest Dangeroo: R.A. Lafferty's Science of Story Areas
Andrew Ferguson
4pm Writing About Politics in Speculative Fiction: Insights from Crossing the Frontiers between Novels, Films, Textbooks and Research
Douglas A. Van Belle

Friday, August 19, 2011
10am A Science of Science Fiction: Applying Quantitative Analysis to Genre Individuation
Ryan Nichols
11am The Promise and Peril of Rebooting a Beloved Franchise: A Narratological Analysis
Heather Urbanski
2pm Feminist Science Fiction and the Sociological Imagination
Nolan Belk
3pm Living in an Undead World: Redeeming Values in The Walking Dead
Kim Paffenroth
4pm Scholars, Science Fiction, and the Pursuit of Knowledge
June M. Madeley (M), Ryan Nichols, Heather Urbanski, Douglas A. Van Belle

Saturday, August 20, 2011
10am Psychological Issues in Deep Space
Nick Kanas
11am Technology as Cure? Virtuality, Proxies, and the Vulnerable Human Body
Kathryn Allan
1pm Frontiers of Fandom: A comparative analysis of membership data from two Worldcons that have taken place outside of the USA
June M. Madeley
2pm The Boundary Beneath: A Glimpse at Underwear in Speculative Literature and Film
Sharon D. King
3pm Near-Earth Objects: - Targets for Future Human Exploration, Solar System Science, and Planetary Defense.
Paul Abell