May 28-19, 2002
In 2002, ACCSFF was part of the Learneds, the annual Congress bringing together learned societies throughout the humanities and social sciences. Chairs Nancy Johnston and Doug Ivison brought together speakers on a variety of topics, including Canadian illustrator Hal Foster, best known for Prince Valiant. The conference featured three sessions following Foster's talk: Fantastic Influences, Performing Canadian SF, and Politics and Identity in Canadian SF. After the conference, the Merril Collection hosted a reception celebrating Judith Merril, whose memoirs, Better to Have Loved, had just been published. The guest speakers at the reception were Emily Pohl-Weary, Merril's granddaughter and the book's editor, and Dianne Newell, who has been studying Merril's archives, particularly her radio work.