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Draft Schedule — Saturday 9 December 2017 (UPDATED 29 November 2017 — note new timing for first session)

Please note we may well be switching a couple of sessions around.

Powell Foyer: 8.45-9.30 Registration

9.30-10.40: Welcome
Keynote — Powell Lecture Theatre/Pg09
(Chair: Dr Paul March-Russell)

Professor Charlotte Sleigh, “Science and the Ancient Geeks: Fiction and Fandom in Interwar Britain”

10.40-11.40: Science Fiction Contexts — Powell Lecture Theatre/Pg09 (Chair: Maureen Kincaid Speller)

  • Dr Boyarkina Iren (University of Rome Tor Vergata) “The Destiny of Life and Mind in the Universe in the Works by Arthur Clarke and Olaf Stapledon”
  • Andy Sawyer (University of Liverpool) “‘It’s just my job five days a week’: ‘Rocket-Men’ of the 1950s”

11.40-12.00: Refreshment Break

12.00-1.00: Parallel Stream A: Sexuality and Gender — Powell Lecture Theatre/Pg09 (Chair: Aren Roukema)

  • Mike Laycock (Birkbeck, University of London) “The Shifting Sexual Politics of Imperial Earth
  • Danielle S. Girard (Lancaster University) “Campaigning for a Fluid Future: Clarke’s Influence on Roddenberry’s Star Trek

12.00-1.00: Parallel Stream B: Clarke’s Influence on Liu Cixin — Pg06 (Chair: Rhodri Davies)

  • Lyu Guangzhao (Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry, UCL) “The Acceptance of Arthur Clarke in the Trilogy of Remembrance of Earth’s Past by Liu Cixin”
  • Professor Stephen Dougherty (Agder University) “Liu Cixin, Arthur C. Clarke and ‘Repositioning’”

1.00-1.45: Lunch Break

1.45-3.15: Parallel Stream A: NASA, Space and Terraforming — Powell Lecture Theatre/Pg09 (Chair: Paul Kincaid)

  • Alexey Dodsworth (Universities of São Paulo and Venice) “‘All These Worlds Are Yours – Except Europa’: On Ethics of Terraforming”
  • Dr Robert Poole (Uclan) “A Prophet in his Own Future: Clarke, NASA, and 2001.’”
  • Thomas Connolly (Maynooth University) “Asimov and Clarke: Two Visions of Human Society”

1.45-3.15: Parallel Stream B: Religion(s), Transcendence and the Transhuman — Pg06
(Chair: Francis Gene-Rowe)

  • Thore Bjørnvig (University of Copenhagen) “Leaving the Cradle: Transcendence and Childhood’s End
  • Dr Dani Shalet (University of Kent) “The Divine Human: Clarke and the Transhuman”
  • Dr Jim Clarke (Coventry University) “A Space Bodhi Tree: The ‘Crypto-Buddhism’ of Arthur C. Clarke”

3.15-3.30: Refreshment Break

3.30-5.00: Clarke’s Legacies — Powell Lecture Theatre/Pg09 (Chair: Tom Hunter)

  • Dr Nick Hubble (Brunel University London) “The Clarke Award, ‘Literary SF’ and the Role of Criticism: Cultural Value in the 21st Century”
  • Dr Joe Norman (Brunel University London) “‘call me highway call me conduit call me lightning rod’: ‘Big Dumb Objects’ in Selected Works by Arthur C. Clarke and Iain M. Banks”
  • Professor Patrick Parrinder (University of Reading) “Clarkaeology: Arthur C. Clarke’s Time Capsules”


5.00-6.00: Keynote — Powell Lecture Theatre/Pg09 (Chair: Dr Andrew M. Butler)
Stephen Baxter, “A Voice from the Sky”