Here’s where to find me at WorldCon this August:
Mediated Boundaries (Part of the Academic Track)
Saturday (8/16) 09:30 – 11:00
Three academics each give a 15 minute presentation. These are followed by a jointly held 30 minute discussion with the audience.
- Heather Urbanski, “Narratology of Science Fiction and Fantasy Franchises”
- Colin B Harvey, “Tink Talks! Transmedia Memory and Neverland”
- Pawel Frelik, “Subversive Moddernity—Fantastic Game Modification and Politics”
Working for a Living
Sunday (8/17) 10:00 – 11:00
Most SF TV focuses on (and is written by!) professional/white collar/middle class individuals. But a few recent examples — such as The Walking Dead, True Blood, and Misfits — have been grounded more in working class/blue collar experiences. How does this affect the stories such shows tell, the range of characters and identities they include, and how they use their fantastic elements?
Panelists: Chris N. Brown (Moderator), Kate Keen, Martin McGrath, Donna Scott, Heather Urbanski
Secrecy in Science
Sunday (8/17) 13:30 – 15:00
What role does secrecy have in science? Should drug companies be allowed to hide trial data from their competitors? Should scientists be allowed to publish papers and not the data they are based on? Is there a place for commercial confidentiality in space missions? But if everything is open, how will anybody get commercial benefit from new inventions and discoveries? And do we really want DNA sequences for super-flu, and the designs for dirty bombs and plutonium refineries to be available to all?
Panelists: David L Clements (Moderator), Katie Mack, Heather Urbanski, Carolina Gómez Lagerlöf, Sunil Patel (@ghostwritingcow on Twitter), Leah-Nani Alconcel