Logo ACCSFF '09

June 6, 2009

Tentative Program






Introductory Remarks

Allan Weiss

Author Keynote Address

Karl Schroeder


Session I: Canadian Science Fiction

Sherryl Vint (Brock University)
"Disembodied Cuisine: Eating Well in The Mad and Oryx and Crake"

Dave Milman (York University)
"Finding an Escape Passage, of Text, Out of Dystopia: Hope in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale"

Jonathan Smith (Wilfrid Laurier University)
"`Broca Murmurs': The Rifters Trilogy and the `Frankenstein Barrier'"

Chair: Dominick M. Grace

Coffee Break


Session II: Postcolonialism in Canadian SF / SF Poetry

Judith Leggatt (Lakehead University)
"Gerry William's The Black Ship as Allegory for First Nations Residential Schools"

Cat Ashton (York University)
"The Shadow Out of History: Roger McTair's Appropriation and Transformation of H. P. Lovecraft"

Dominick M. Grace (University of Western Ontario)
“`Geffen and Ravna’: A SF Sestina"

Chair: Adam Guzkowski



Scholar Keynote Address

Elizabeth Miller (Professor Emeritus, Memorial University)
"Up for the Count: Bram Stoker, Dracula, and Canada"


Session IIIA: Canadian Dark Fantasy and Dystopias
(Room A)

Derek Newman-Stille (Trent University)
"A Sanguine Love: Monstrosity and Intercultural Romance in Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld Series"

Adam Guzkowski (Trent University)
"Can the Witch Speak?: The Supernatural Subaltern in Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld"

William Thompson (MacEwan College)
"Climate Change for Young Readers: Dystopian Landscapes and Reconciliation in Two Novels by Monica Hughes"

Chair: Veronica Hollinger

Session IIIB: Canadian Media SF
(Room B/C)

Charlotte Smith (Trent University)
"Canada Reads Speculative Fiction: Nalo Hopkinson's Brown Girl in the Ring as Brought to You by the Letters C, B, and C"

Lisa Macklem (University of Western Ontario)
"Revisiting Old Friends: Playing with Time in Supernatural"

Chair: Allan Weiss

Coffee Break

Session IV: Philosophy and Canadian SF

Michael Kaler (York University)
"Robert Charles Wilson, Mysterium, and Ancient Gnosticism"

Veronica Hollinger (Trent University)
"Time, History, and Contingency in Robert Charles Wilson's Science Fiction"

Tammy Dasti (University of Bristol)
"The Word and the Flesh: Natural Law vs. Catholic Dogma in Rikki Ducornet's The Stain"

Chair: Allan Weiss


Closing Remarks

Allan Weiss