[Image from the official Nalo Hopkinson, Author website]


Conference Program

The draft program for the 2019 conference will be available here in April 2019.  Highlights include:

  • Keynote speaker Nalo Hopkinson will offer a rousing original speech related to the conference theme, in addition to entertaining attendees with a literary reading of her creative work.
    • Background: Dr. Nalo Hopkinson, born in Jamaica, received an M.A. in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University and a Doctor of Letters from Anglia Ruskin University in the United Kingdom. She teaches at the University of California at Riverside, where her specialty is creative writing, with a focus on the literatures of the fantastic such as science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism. She is a recipient of the 1999 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in the field of SF, and her novel Brown Girl in the Ring received the 1998 Locus Award for Best New Novel. In the course of her distinguished career she has also received the World Fantasy Award, the Andre Norton Award, the Canadian Prix Aurora, and she was the first two-time recipient of the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. 
  • A plenary session on "Preserving ʻIke Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Knowledge) in New Technological & Media Formats" features Kanaka Maoli archivists, historians, artists, and translators who in their digital academic & storytelling practices draw upon the largest indigenous-language archive in the US: that of printed and recorded Native Hawaiian knowledge. Our SF-loving plenary participants, who use science/technology in ways that regenerate & remediate indigenous cultural information for future generations of Hawaiians, are
  • An imaginative evening of “Native Hawaiian & Trans-Indigenous Speculative Visual Storytelling: A Media Arts Showing & Conversation” will feature Hawaiian and global indigenous mediamakers exhibiting & discussing their creative work and its speculative, fabulist, or experimental dimensions, including
    • Michelle Lee Brown (Euskaldun, the Lapurdi/Miarritz area of continental Europe), virtual reality/comics writer, instructor, & Ph.D. candidate in the UHM Department of Political Science who writes at the intersection of Indigenous Politics & Futures Studies
    • Christopher Kahunahana, Native Hawaiian film director & urban arts organizer, one of the few Kānaka Maoli to write & direct a full-length feature film about Hawaiians
    • Native Hawaiian female filmmaker Erin Lau, graduate of the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa & of Chapman University's MFA in Film Production Program, an award-winning director of gender- & culture-themed short movies
    • ʻĀina Paikai, Kanaka Maoli independent filmmaker & documentarian whose playful & future-extrapolative film shorts boldly deploy the local languages of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (the Native Hawaiian language) & Hawaiʻi Creole ("pidgin") English
  • Professional development sessions & workshops for graduate students & early career scholars will present practical advice on how research technology, language skills/area studies training, & interdisciplinary publishing trends can strengthen job search as well as promotion documents. These workshops are aimed at scholars & educators interested in careers in SF studies & in the study of popular culture more generally.
  • Dr. Hopkinson's reading of her creative work will be preceded by a vibrant poetry performance by Dr. Lyz Soto, co-founder of Pacific Tongues. A playwright & spoken-word poet from the UHM Creative Writing Program who is of Visayan, Ilocano, Hakka, German, English, French, & Spanish descent, Lyz has taught slam poetry to indigenous Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, & immigrant youth for over a decade.
Submit abstracts by 22 March 2019 here (extended deadline) and also register for the conference (normal registration period through 5 June 2019) here after joining our membership ranks here.

The final program for the 2018 SFRA conference at Marquette University, Milwaukee, is available here.


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