Conference Programme

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Keynote Lectures:
Dr Timothy Baker (University of Aberdeen):
“The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl vs The Capitalocene”
Friday, 19 October: 18.15-19.45, Room 1015 (KG I)

Dr Helena Ifill
(University of Sheffield)
“Othering the Self: Speculative Psychological Fiction”
Saturday, 20 October: 10.15-11.45, Room 1015 (KG I)


The conference will take place in Kollegiengebäude IV, Übungsraum 2 (5th floor), Rempartstr. 15, 79098 Freiburg

Friday, 19 October 2018

12.00-12.45 Registration

12.45-13.15 Welcome

13.15-14.45 Panel I: Alien Alterities
Manuela Neuwirth (University of Graz): “Liminality as Alterity: The Un/Seen Alien in a Post/Modern Borderland on The X-Files

Maria-Xenia Hardt (University of Freiburg): “Humanizing the ‘Other’ in Doctor Who‘s ‘The Zygon Invasion’/‘The Zygon Inversion’”

Evelyn Koch (University of Bayreuth): “Weird Fungi in Space – The Mycelium Network as the Other in Star Trek: Discovery

14.45-15.15 Coffee Break

15.15-16.45 Panel II: Fantastical Border Crossings
Dunja Haufe (University of Freiburg): “Beorn as Example of the Representation of Alterity in Tolkien’s The Hobbit

Michelle Schellberg (University of Bielefeld): “Threatening Force of Nature or Symbol of Human Alienation? The Native American Legend of the Wendigo and Its Representation in Western Culture”

Patrick Schmitz (University of Aachen) “Artificial and Natural Walls in Fantasy Literature as a Feature of Literary Worldbuilding”

16.45-17.00 Coffee Break

17.00-18.00 Panel III: The Sound of Alterity
Henri Pitkänen (University of Helsinki): “Othering and Anthropomorphizing Features of Diegetic Nonhuman Musicking in Star Wars

Omara Dyer Johnson (University of Nottingham): “Afrofuturism & the ‘Other’: Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer and Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti

18.00-18.15 Walk over to Lecture Hall 1015

18.15-19.45 Keynote: “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl vs The Capitalocene”
Dr Timothy Baker (University of Aberdeen), Lecture Hall: 1015

20.00 Conference Dinner


Saturday, 20 October 2018

9.00-10.00 Panel IV: Interactive Engagements with Otherness
Greta Matthis (University of Freiburg): “Strange(r) in a Strange Land: The Adventure Zone’s Voidfish Between Forgetting and Remembrance”

Vit Opravil (University of Bonn): “Can the Subaltern Think? Robotic Subjectivity in Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch

10.00-10.15 Coffee Break (Walk over to Lecture Hall 1015)

10.15-11.45 Keynote: “Othering the Self: Speculative Psychological Fiction”
Dr. Helena Ifill (University of Sheffield), Lecture Hall: 1015

11.45-12.45 Lunch Break

12.45-14.30 Panel V: Nightmarish Visions
Marlene Mück (University of Cologne): “Anxieties of the Contact Zone: Encounters with Otherness in Alex Garland’s Annihilation

Monika Kosa (Babeș-Bolyai University): “Transgressive Reconfigurations of Otherness in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water

Serena Ceniccola (Queen Mary University London): “Nobody/Nowhere: The Alienation of the Hybrid in Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul

14.30-15.00 Coffee Break

15.00-16.45 Panel VI: Mapping Colonial Alterity
Rosa Nowak (University of Mannheim): “Kong: Skull Island or Racism Redux: Old Stereotypes in a Brand New Guise”

Aleksandra Szczodrowski (University of Bonn): “A Post/colonial Critique of the Representation of Dothraki Rape Culture”

Carole Martin (University of Basel): “Little Furry Men, Poster Boys and Dangerous Creatures: Aboriginal Representations in the Australian Science Fiction Drama Series Cleverman (2016–)”

16.45-17.00 Coffee Break

17.00-18.30 Panel VII: Identity in the Digital Age
Sina Hellwing (University of Bochum): “Cyborg Mothers in Orphan Black and Westworld”

Marlene Ferreira Simoes (University of Aberdeen): “Bodies Matter in The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch”

Alisa Preusser (WWU Münster): “A Cyborg Reading of Colson Whitehead’s The Intuitionist

18.30-19.00 Final Discussion