Academic Program Track

The academic track of the 2013 Worldcon takes the form of a single day conference, to be held on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Our call for papers particularly encouraged submissions related to the work of the LoneStarCon 3 Guests of Honor, as well as papers on Steampunk, Old West/frontier themes, and Spanish language SF. Science fiction has long benefited from works of criticism and scholarship from those outside the academy, a tradition that GoH Dr. James Gunn helped encourage. Paper proposals from both academics and non-academics (fans) have therefore been equally welcome.

Queries should be sent to the head of the academic track, Karen Burnham, at academic@lonestarcon3.org.

Academic Papers Schedule

The schedule comprises six distinct one hour sessions spread throughout Saturday, and including a two-hour break for lunch.

Each session is led by an expert moderator and includes two individual paper presentations as well as an open Q&A.

The full schedule with abstracts for the whole track can be downloaded in PDF format. In summary, the sessions are as follows.

  • Adapting Folklore in Speculative Fiction: Brazil and Space Opera
    Saturday 10:00 - 11:00
    Moderator: David Farnell

  • Finding Ourselves and our Aliens in Graphic Media: Will Eisner and Jack Arnold
    Saturday 11:00 - 12:00
    Moderator: Michael Page

  • Digital Future, Martian Future: Digital Fandom and the Changing Narratives of Mars
    Saturday 14:00 - 15:00
    Moderator: Christopher Couch

  • When Do We Give Up What Makes Us Human? Cyborgs and Monstrous Utopias
    Saturday 15:00 - 16:00
    Moderator: Karen Burnham

  • Cartography of Genre: Space Opera and the Academic Legacy of Jim Gunn
    Saturday 16:00 - 17:00
    Moderator: Christopher McKitterick

  • Robert E. Howard: The Weird, West, and Worms
    Saturday 17:00 - 18:00
    Moderator: Donald M. Hassler