ICFA 2009, Grad Student Programs

My second official duty at ICFA 2009 was to represent the University of Liverpool’s MA in Science Fiction Studies on the Grad Student Programs panel very capably moderated by Elizabeth Hoiem.  

Below, I’ve included a list of the main points about the represented SF and fantasy friendly graduate programs including links to more information about those programs online.

I represented the University of Liverpool, and A.P. Canavan provided other details about Liverpool from the audience.  The great thing about the University of Liverpool is that SF is considered an integral component of the English Department, and they offer a one-year taught MA in SF Studies and PhDs focusing on SF or fantasy.  If you’re interested in learning more, you should talk to Mr. Andy Sawyer.  Information about the program can be found here, and details on Liverpool’s extensive SF library collection here.

Brian Attebery, the 2008-2009 winner of the SFRA’s Pilgrim Award, talked about Idaho State University’s new PhD in English and the Teaching of English.  More information about this great development can be found here.

Amanda Cockrell told us about Hollins University’s Children’s Literature Summer MA and MFA Programs.  Learn more about this program here.

Veronica Hollinger talked about Trent University’s Cultural Studies PhD.  Find out more about what Canada has to offer you here.

Rob Latham addressed the audience about the burgeoning SF-oriented PhD program at the University of California-Riverside in conjunction with the J. Lloyd Eaton Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Utopian Literature.  UCR is still in the process of hiring the interdisciplinary persons involved in the new program, so it would probably be best if you contact him directly if you have questions about the program.  He will begin teaching at UCR in a few months.

Robin Anne Reid provided information about Texas A&M University-Commerce PhD in English program, which you can find out more about here.

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Jason W. Ellis

I am an Associate Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I direct the B.S. in Professional and Technical Writing Program and coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.