Monday, April 14, 2014

NEPCA Fantastic 2013 Session List (Update)

I keep forgetting to post the session list with presenter biographies. Here it is at last.

Northeast Popular Culture Association
36th Annual Conference
St. Michael's College, Colchester, Vermont
October 25-26, 2012

Saturday, 26 October
Panel Twenty-Five. Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend: Science Fiction Character and Narrative 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Chair: Michael Torregrossa (Independent Scholar)

Paper 1:  Kristine Larsen (Central Connecticut State University), “Mutant, Monster, Freak”: Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher Series and the Ethics of Genetic Engineering

Kristine Larsen is a frequent presenter in our area and is Professor of Astronomy at Central Connecticut State University. Her research and teaching focus on issues of science and society, including the preparation of science educators, science outreach, and science and literature. Her publications include the books Stephen Hawking: A Biography and Cosmology 101 and two co-edited volumes, The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who and The Mythological Dimensions of Neil Gaiman, which received the Gold Medal for Science Fiction/Fantasy in the 2012 Florida Publishing Association Awards. Kristine is also the recipient of the 2013 Walter Scott Houston award from the Northeast Region of the Astronomical League for excellence in astronomy education and outreach.

Paper 2: Kerry Shea (Saint Michael’s College), “When Species Speak: Interspecies Communication in Sheri Tepper’s The Companions”

[Biography not provided.]

Paper 3: Lance Eaton (North Shore Community College), “Hydeuous Evolution: Exploring How the Dwarfish Hyde Became the Monstrous Hulk in the Classroom”

Lance Eaton is the outgoing Comics and Graphic Novels Area Chair for NEPCA and graduated from University of Massachusetts, Boston, where his studies  focused on gender & sexuality and popular culture and culminated in a Masters in American Studies.  Since then, he has continued to collect masters degrees and teach an assortment of courses, from Cultural Diversity to World History to Comics in American Culture, as well as publishing his writings on comics, audiobooks, and horror. At present, he is Coordinator of Instructional Design at North Shore Community College and continues to teach in a part-time capacity.  He is also an avid blogger and posts at By Any Other Nerd < >. His presentation today is adapted from his essay, "The Hulking Hyde: How the Incredible Hulk Reinvented the Modern Jekyll and Hyde Monster," which was recently published in the McFarland collection Fear and Learning: Essays on the Pedagogy of Horror edited by Sean Moreland and Aalya Ahmad.

Paper 4: Michael Torregrossa, “Echoes of Frankenstein in the Comics”

Michael A. Torregrossa is the current (and original) Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area Chair for NEPCA. He is a graduate of the Medieval Studies program at the University of Connecticut (Storrs). His research interests include adaptation, Arthuriana, comics and comic art, medievalism, wizards, and, most recently, monsters. His research on medieval subjects has been presented at regional, national, and international conferences and has been published in a variety of collections as well as the three most recent supplements to The Arthurian Encyclopedia. Lastly, he is also founder of The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain and co-founder, with Carl James Grindley, of The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages, and he serves as editor for these organizations’ various blogs and moderator of their discussion lists.

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