Visions of the Future: Global Science Fiction Cinema

Thursday, April 12, 2012 (All day) to Saturday, April 14, 2012 (All day)

This three-day conference examines science fiction cinema in global perspective, featuring lectures, panels, screenings, and a WorldCanvass radio program. Invited guests include keynote speakers N. Katherine Hayles (Professor of Literature, Duke University) and Thomas Lamarre (Professor of East Asian Studies and Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University); presenter Sharalyn Orbaugh (Professor of Asian Studies and Women's & Gender Studies, University of British Columbia), and filmmaker Alex Rivera (director, Sleep Dealer, U.S./Mexico, 2008); panel topics include "Cyborgs, Affect, and Sexuality," "Bioethics and Biopower," and "New Media and Science Fiction." For more information, please contact Jennifer Feeley ( or Sarah Ann Wells (

Co-sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and the Chief Diversity Office, with generous support from the Art & Humanities Initiative Conference Grant, the Perry A. and Helen Judy Bond Fund for Interdisciplinary Interaction, and a Japan Foundation New York Japan Studies Grant. Additional support has also been provided by Center for Asian & Pacific Studies, the Digital Studio for the Public Humanities, the Confucius Institute, the Center for Labor Studies, the Institute for Cinema & Culture, the South Asian Studies Program, the African Studies Program, the Latin American Studies Program, the European Studies Group; the Departments of English, Cinema & Comparative Literature, History, American Studies, Spanish & Portuguese, and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies; and the Division of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures.