Pippi to Ripley 2013 Program



preliminary program

 Pippi to Ripley: The Female Figure in Fantasy and Science Fiction

This is a traditional professional conference.  Panelists will each have fifteen minutes to read a paper or give a presentation.  This will be followed by time for questions. There will also be special workshops for students ages 12-18; for more information on these events see faculty.ithaca.edu/kkittredge/ya_events
To register for the teen events go to www.ithaca.edu/hs/yaregistration/ 

8:00-9:00 (Hallway of Textor) Registration

9:00-9:30 (Textor 102) Opening Speech
Marleen Barr "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Being A Pioneering Feminist Science Fiction Scholar.....But Were Afraid To Ask."

9:30-10:30 Session I

Textor 101: Hunger Games
Zoe Epstein "Running the Games: Media as Social Control in The Running Man and The Hunger Games
Dominique Angela Bruno “Hannah Arendt, the Active Life, and the Bildungsroman in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games”
Jenny Kristine Thurman “Ladies First and Foremost” (Wrinkle in Time & Hunger Games)

Textor 102: Crossing the Line From Girlhood to Womanhood 
MicKenzie Fasteland “Recycling Alice: Productive Childhood Nostalgia in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth”
Julie Still “Sybel and Menolly: Blazing a Trail in Literature and Media” (McCaffrey & McKillop)
Meredith Sittman “The Evolution of Eve: Sexual Empowerment and Agency in Children’s Fantasy Literature” (Twilight  & Amber Spyglass)

Textor 103:  Giving Birth, Giving Life 
Daniel Lukes  Neomedievalist Feminist Dystopia (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Erin Gallagher “”We are two-legged wombs, that’s all’: Reproduction and Eugenics in Young Adult Fiction” (McCafferty’s Bumped and Thumped;  Carey’s Eve series)
Sian Gaetano “The Strong Woman and the Life-Giver: The Mythical Goddess and the Essentialist Ideal in Contemporary Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction” (Hunger Games, Scorpio Races, Graceling, Zoe’s Tale)

10:45-11:45 Session II   

Textor 101: The Works of Tamora Pierce 
Meira Levinson “A Woman without a Veil”: Feminism, Spirituality, and Bazhir Women in Tamora Pierce’s Alanna Series”
Melissa LaCasse  “Lessons from  Discipline: Positive Role Models in the Circle of Magic Series”
Moriah J.C. Churchill “Cross-Dressers: Gender-play and feminist discourses within Billingsley’s The Folk Keeper and Pierce’s Alanna: The First Adventure”

Textor 102 Science Fiction Radio Play: Aliens! Zombies! Apocalyptic Peril!
This spring, Ithaca College students worked with local third and fourth graders to create an original science fiction radio play.  A screening of the 30-minute play will be followed by a panel discussion with the play’s creators: Emily Flemming, Hanna Ulman, Bronwyn Bishop, and Cassandra Medcalf.

Textor 103: Things that Go Bump in the Night 
Susan Graham “Growing Up a Vampire: What Does it Mean?” (My Sister the Vampire & Poison Apple)
Allison Suzanne Riendeau “Something Witchy This Way Comes: Identity, Magic, and Female Group in Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle Trilogy”
Sarah Wood “Girl Ghosts in YA and Children’s Literature”

11:45 – 1:00 Lunch

Conference participants can purchase an all-you-can-eat (including salad bar) ticket at Registration or at the door of  the Campus Center Cafeteria for $9.25

1:00-2:00 (Textor 102) Keynote Speech by Tamora Pierce

2:00-3:00 Session III

Textor 101: Gender/Fans
Kate Nepveu “An Introduction to Mary Sue and Her Critical Uses and Abuses” (Star Trek and other fandoms)
Michael Dittman “Women in Refrigerators: How the Fan Community Addresses the Misogyny of Comics”
Olivia Mendoza “Gender-swap Fan Fiction”

Textor 102: Book signing for young people with Tamora Pierce

Textor 103: Speculative Woman Warriors
Cheryl Ruggiero Susan Hagedorn and Karen Swenson
Discussing Firefly/Serenity, Gate to Women’s Country, Forest of Hands and Teeth.

3:00-3:15 coffee break

3:15-4:15 Session IV

Textor 101: Kick-Ass Girls Across the Genres
Tobias March “Steampunk Heroine in Mortal Engines”
Karissa Caperina  “Kicking Ass in Designer Boots: Discussion of Meg Cabot’s YA Fantasy Heroines”
William Gombash “A Female Robot in Name Only?: Eve in Pixar’s WALL-E”


Textor 102: Book signing for all ages

Textor 103: Fairytales Old and New
Enkelena Qafleshi “The Meaning and Significance of Fierce Female Characters in the Albanian Fairy Tales: Fatiat and Kulcedra”
Alex Gladwin “Big Girls Don’t Cry: Gender in the Comic Book Series Fables”
Laura Berger “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Reflections of Aging in Snow White and the Huntsman”

4:30-5:30 Session V 

Textor 101: Beyond Human Heroines
John W. Borchert “Becoming Cyber: Deleuze and the Female Cyborg”
Kristiina Korpus “Anime Amazons”
Marleen Barr "Finding the Protungulatum Donnae: 'Science Fiction Language' Applies to
Connection Replacing Separation in Lauren Beukes' Zoo City"

Textor 102: Book signing for all ages

Textor 103: Women in Science Fiction Television
Zara Wilkinson “To Boldly Grow (Up): Female Adolescence in Star Trek and Lost in Space”
Calvin Chestnut "Journalists, Stewardesses and Kiss-o-grams: Instrumentalism and Care Ethics in Doctor Who"
Sarah Perry "Progressive Princesses: The Feminist Ideals of Adventure Time"

 5:30-7:00 Closing Reception at Community School of Music and Arts

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Elizabeth Bleicher at ebleicher@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-1531.


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