CFP Pippi to Ripley 2015

 

Call for Papers

 

Pippi to Ripley 3/ITHACON40:

Women & Gender in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Children’s Literature and Comics

Ithaca College; May 1-2, 2015

 

Keynote speaker: Bruce Coville (children’s fantasy author)

Special guest: Laura Lee Gulledge (YA graphic novelist)

 

Pippi to Ripley 3 is an interdisciplinary conference with a focus on women and gender in science fiction and fantasy.  We invite papers devoted to imaginative representation in all media: comics, films, television, and video games as well as in folklore, Children’s, Young Adult, and adult-directed literature.

This year we are partnering with ITHACON, one of the longest-running comic book conventions in North America.  Events will include academic and fan-based panels, workshops for educators and librarians, a science fiction/fantasy trivia contest, and activities for children ages 5-18.  Admission to ITHACON is free. 

Published authors and illustrators of fantasy, science fiction, or comics who are interested in selling their work at ITHACON should contact Katharine Kittredge at kkittredge@ithaca.edu.

Appropriate topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Young female characters, especially in media for young adults and children (The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Song of the Lionness, His Dark Materials)
  • Women and their place in futuristic or other worlds (Star Trek, Doctor Who, Babylon 5, Firefly)
  • Female protagonists in urban fantasy and paranormal romance (Buffy, Anita Blake, Sookie Stackhouse, Clary Fray)
  • Gender politics after the apocalypse (Revolution, Falling Skies, Oryx and Crake, Y: The Last Man)
  • Teaching imaginative fictive at all levels (Buffy-based courses; graphic novel units, YA dystopias, children’s fantasy)
  • Female characters in updated/adapted fairy tales (Once Upon a Time, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Snow White and the Huntsman, Grimm)
  • The women of superhero films/television (Marvel Cinematic Universe, Agents of SHIELD, Arrow)
  • Female-focused comic book series (New 5, Batgirl and Wonder Woman, Marvel  NOW! X-Men)
  • Horrific women and women in horror (American Horror Story, Carrie, Mama)
  • Science fiction and reproductive body horror (Alien franchise, Twilight, Bloodchild)
  • Cyberpunk and the augmented woman (William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Charles Stross)

Please send a 300-500 word abstract by January 15, 2015, to Katharine Kittredge, Ithaca College, Department of English, kkittredge@ithaca.edu.

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