7th Annual City Tech Science Fiction Symposium on the Archive and SF, Dec. 6, 2022

Poster designed by Or Szyflingier, https://www.orszyflingier.com/

The Seventh Annual City Tech Science Fiction Symposium on the Archive and SF was held on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022 as a Zoom Webinar. You can read the full program here.

I started organizing these symposia with my colleagues at City Tech after we received the original 160 box donation that became the City Tech Science Fiction Collection. We’ve covered a lot of important topics at each symposium over the past seven years, but there’s still much to examine and discuss.

I’ve been so busy this semester that I didn’t announce the event here on dynamicsubspace.net. In case you missed the event, you can watch all of the sessions in the videos below.

Many thanks again to everyone who participated and contributed to this year’s event!

Opening
Jason W. Ellis
Justin Vazquez-Poritz

Paper Session 1: Archival Research
Jill Belli – Moderator
Jessica Aaron – “Preventing Planetary Patriarchy: Subversions of the White Man’s Ideal World in Early SF Pulps”
Chris Leslie – “The Republic of (Interstellar) Letters: From the Archives of Asimov and Merril”
Gillian Polack – “Story as Archive: How Speculative Fiction Novels Both Preserve and Interpret Cultural Material”

Panel Discussion: A Tale of Two Archives
Jason Ellis (City Tech)
Matthew Frizzell (Georgia Tech)
Kel Karpinski (City Tech)
Alison Reynolds (Georgia Tech)
Lisa Yaszek (Georgia Tech)

Panel Discussion: Georgia Tech’s Sci Fi Lab: Archival Research, Octavia’s Ancestor’s Project, and Radio Play
Lisa Yaszek – Moderator
Panelists:
Val Barnhart
Laurence Copeland
Killian Vetter
Edeliz Zuleta

Analog Writers Panel and the Analog Emerging Black Voices Award
Emily Hockaday – Moderator
Kedrick Brown
Meghan Hyland
Kelsey Hutton
Douglas Dluzen
Trevor Quachri and Emily Hockaday – Award Presentation

Paper Session 2: Archives in SF
Lucas Kwong – Moderator
Jacob Adler – “Summit of Knowledge: Archiving the Fantastical”
Rhonda Knight – “A Data Thief in the Archive: Reading Sofia Samatar’s ‘An Account of the Land of Witches’”
Adam McLain – “‘Only an Echo’: The Memory of the Archive and the Archive of Memory in Lois Lowry’s The Giver
Kenrick H. Kamiya Yoshida and Ida Yoshinaga – “An Okinawan Speculative Arts Archive”

Paper Session 3: Latinx SF in the Archive
Leigh Gold – Moderator
Matthew David Goodwin – “The Latinx Multiverse and the Fictional Recovery of Latinx Science Fiction”
Dolores González Ortega and Valeria Seminario – “Inside the Latin American Science Fiction Archive: Challenges and Contributions to a Growing Academic Field”

Keynote
Jeremy Brett – “Making Space: Science Fiction Archives and the Archival Citizen”
Jason Ellis – Introduction and Moderator

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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.