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Saturday, September 2 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm
What's Gender Got to Do With It?

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In the wake of the inauguration day Women’s March and chilling book-to-screen adaptations such as Hulu’s new retelling of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, science fiction narratives exploring gender, both within the constraints of the traditional gender binary and in the postmodern mode of gender as performance, are in high demand. This discussion will explore unique (and not-so-unique) representations of gender throughout science and speculative fiction literatures, and ultimately debate the extent of the progress that contemporary authors have made in the direction of gender equality in science fiction.

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Jennifer Lobasz

Jennifer K. Lobasz is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware, with a joint appointment in the Department of Women and Gender Studies. Dr. Lobasz's research and teaching interests include feminist international... Read More →

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Catherine Asaro

Two-time Nebula ® award winner Catherine Asaro writes science fiction, fantasy and thrillers, and has over twenty-seven novels, as well as many novellas, short stories and non-fiction. Her acclaimed “Ruby Dynasty series,” also known as “The Skolian Saga,” combines adventure, hard... Read More →
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Rebecca Holden

Rebecca J. Holden is a fan and scholar of feminist science fiction. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been teaching in the Professional Writing Program at the University of Maryland, College Park since 2008.  She has published... Read More →
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Kiini Ibura

Kiini Ibura Salaam is a writer, painter, and traveler from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her work is rooted in speculative events, women's perspectives, and artistic freedom. Her fiction has been published in such anthologies as Dark Matter, Mojo: Conjure Stories, Black Silk, and Dark Eros... Read More →

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Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
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