CFP Pippi to Ripley 2013


Call for Papers

Pippi to Ripley:

The Female Figure in Fantasy and Science Fiction

May 3-4, 2013

 Ithaca College

Keynote speaker: Tamora Pierce

The first day, Friday, May 4 will feature panel discussions primarily focused on using Children’s and YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, Graphic Novels/Comics and films in the classroom or for community events.  We invite librarians, middle school and high school teachers, reading specialists and teacher educators to send 300-500 word presentation proposals on teaching or programming with Fantasy and Science Fiction texts to Elizabeth Bleicher ( by January 15, 2013.

Friday’s events will also include Fantasy and Science Fiction themed creative workshops (writing science fiction, drawing comics) and academic panels for younger participants, ages 12-18.

The second day, Saturday, May 5 will be a traditional academic conference, with papers submitted individually and assembled into panels by topic.  We welcome paper proposals on all aspects of female representation within an imaginative context, including but not limited to:

·         A discussion of the child-heroines in folktales from multiple cultures.

·         The evolution of characters such as Buffy (The Vampire Slayer), Cat Woman, and Red Sonja as they are presented in television, film, graphic novels/comics, or literature.

·         The female characters in video games such as Tomb Raider, Metroid, and Mass Effect.

·         The female characters featured in Shonen and Shojo manga as well as other images of female characters in anime films and television.

·         Robot , cyborg, and psychically enhanced girls and women.

·         Female heroes and villains in comic books and graphic novels.

·         YA heroines in the works of Madeleine L’Engle, Tamora Pierce, and Suzanne Collins.

·         The depiction of goddesses, Amazons, and other fierce female entities from western and non-western traditions.

Please send a 300-500 word abstract by January 15, 2013, to Katharine Kittredge, Ithaca College, Department of English,

Pippi to Ripley is intended to foster intellectual engagement between the college community and local students, teachers, writers, readers and artists; and to provide an affordable venue for undergraduates, graduate students and professors to present their work.  Towards these ends, the presenter’s registration fee is $35; all other participants are invited to attend for free.  Direct questions to Katharine Kittredge,

Attached, please find the official "Call for Papers" for the 2013 version of the conference "Pippi to Ripley: The Female Figure in Fantasy and Science Fiction."  Please pass it along.

This year, in addition to offering a traditional academic conference on Saturday, May 5,  we are experimenting with different ways to have an impact on our local community.  One aspect of this is our collaborating with the Tompkins County Arts Partnership, which is running a “Spring Writes” local literary festival on the same weekend.  We will be welcoming community members to attend our conference events, and hope to have portions of our program located in spaces downtown.


We will also be sponsoring a half-day program on Friday, May 4 which is intended to integrate local librarians, teachers, and students into the conference.  We will be offering panels on locating and evaluating science fiction/fantasy themed materials and using them in high school and college classrooms.  There  will also be discussions about the impact these texts have on young readers, and their significance within the field of cultural studies.


Friday will feature activities directed at younger participants (ages 12-18) ; among those being planned are:

  • Workshops in writing science fiction and on drawing and writing for comics and graphic novels.
  • Panel discussion by current college students on “Getting your geek on” in college; the students will do small-group mentoring, and answer questions about college searching, transition to college, etc.
  • Winners of local 3-minute science fiction contest will be recognized, and their work distributed to conference participants in a booklet.
  • Panel discussion by teachers, students, and scholars: “Has YA grown too dark?”
  • SciFi/Fantasy trivia contest, with questions drawn from children’s books, YA novels, films, television shows, and classic science fiction and fantasy texts.


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