[Images from the Nalo Hopkinson, Author website & the PSU faculty webpage for Grace L. Dillon]

Conference Program

The Final Program Draft can be found here; each date from Fri. 21 June through Mon. 24 June contains a full day of programming.  Highlights include:

  • Keynote speaker Nalo Hopkinson will offer a keynote on "Critical Writing, Creative Thinking" (Sun. 6/23, 4:30-6 pm) in addition to performing a literary reading of her creative work (Sat. 6/22, 7-9 pm), at the Clarence T.C. Ching Conference Center of Eiben Hall in Chaminade University.
    • Background: Dr. Nalo Hopkinson, born in Jamaica, received an M.A. in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University and a Doctor of Letters from Anglia Ruskin University in the United Kingdom. She teaches at the University of California at Riverside, where her specialty is creative writing, with a focus on the literatures of the fantastic such as science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism. She is a recipient of the 1999 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in the field of SF, and her novel Brown Girl in the Ring received the 1998 Locus Award for Best New Novel. In the course of her distinguished career she has also received the World Fantasy Award, the Andre Norton Award, the Canadian Prix Aurora, and she was the first two-time recipient of the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic.
Background: Dr. Grace L. Dillon (Anishinaabe, Bay Mills & Garden River Nations), Professor in the Indigenous Nations Studies Program at Portland State University, wrote Hive of Dreams: Contemporary Science Fiction from the Pacific Northwest & co-edited the special issue of Extrapolations on Indigenous Futurisms with Michael Levy and Dr. Rieder. Her methodologies cross multiple media from early modern to regional literary fiction, to Indigenous science & Indigenous cinema; to hyper-/cyber-realities as experienced in digital gaming & graphic novels; to Queer Indigenous studies. She is regarded as a key scholar who connects the Indigenous sciences with Indigenous Futurisms, & largely recognized for establishing the latter as a robust new academic field.
  • Dr. Dillon will also serve as respondent for these two Indigenous Futurisms sessions which feature special presenters mostly from the Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) community, free public events held at Clarence T.C. Ching Conference Center in Eiben Hall of Chaminade University:
    • Fri. 6/21, 7-9 pm: An imaginative evening of “Native Hawaiian & Trans-Indigenous Speculative Visual Storytelling: A Media Arts Showing & Conversation” will feature Hawaiian and global Indigenous mediamakers exhibiting & discussing their creative work and its speculative, fabulist, or experimental dimensions, including
      • Michelle Lee Brown (Euskaldun, the Lapurdi/Miarritz area of continental Europe), virtual reality/comics writer, instructor, & Ph.D. candidate in the UHM Department of Political Science who writes at the intersection of Indigenous Politics & Futures Studies
      • Christopher Kahunahana, Native Hawaiian film director & urban arts organizer, one of the few Kānaka Maoli to write & direct a full-length feature film about Hawaiians
      • Native Hawaiian female filmmaker Erin Lau, graduate of the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa & of Chapman University's MFA in Film Production Program, an award-winning director of gender- & culture-themed short movies
      • Digital media artist & educator Jason Edward Lewis (Cherokee, Kanaka Maoli, Samoan), co-director of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace, co-designer of the Kanaka Maoli-community-oriented video game design workshops Skins He Au Hou & co-founder of the Hawai‘i-based Indigenous Protocol and Artificial Intelligence Workshops."
      • ʻĀina Paikai, Kanaka Maoli independent filmmaker & documentarian whose playful & future-extrapolative film shorts boldly deploy the local languages of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (the Native Hawaiian language) & Hawaiʻi Creole ("pidgin") English
    • Sat. 6/22, 8:30-10:00 am: A plenary session on "Preserving ʻIke Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Knowledge) in New Technological & Media Formats" features Kanaka Maoli archivists, historians, artists, and translators who in their digital academic & storytelling practices draw upon the largest Indigenous-language archive in the US: that of printed and recorded Native Hawaiian knowledge. Our SF-loving plenary participants, who use science/technology in ways that regenerate & remediate Indigenous cultural information for future generations of Hawaiians, are
    • At Chaminade University's Sullivan Family Library (building #12, close to both Eiben Hall where these Indigenous Futurisms sessions will be held and Henry Hall where the breakout sessions of academic paper presentations will occur), a special exhibit of Solomon's work from graphic novel Polyfantastica will be available for viewing during summer library hours.
      • SOLOMON will also be selling original sketches (& posters of those sketches) of his art for Polyfantastica, which he created exclusively for the SFRA conference, all day on Sat. 6/22 at the Ching Conference Center, Eiben Hall.
      • Professional development sessions & workshops from the morning of Fri. 6/21, for graduate students & early career scholars will present practical advice on how research technology, language skills/area studies training, & interdisciplinary publishing trends can strengthen job search as well as promotion documents. An "editing & special collections" roundable session will feature seasoned & innovative editors of important collections within sf studies who offer advice on putting together impactful publications These professional development events are aimed at scholars & educators interested in careers in SF studies & in the study of popular culture more generally.
      • Dr. Hopkinson's free public reading of her creative work will be preceded by a vibrant poetry performance by Pacific Tongues.

      Chris Emory is an artist of Sāmoan, Ūvea-Futunan, and European descent. She works in the media of poetry, performance, dance, photography, and filmmaking. The focal point in her art is to imagine fantastical, uninhibited, and beautiful realities for Queer people, the Pasifika, and her loved ones.

      Noa Helelā is a hapa-Hawaiian writer of various weird, dark, nerdy things. An award-winning slam poet,  her absurdist supernatural comedy play, Demigods Anonymous, premiered at Kumu Kahua Theatre in March 2018. Noa is currently working on a fantasy horror comedy play, Ghosted, as well as a sci-fi comedy/drama web TV series, Disorder.

      D. Kealiʻi MacKenzie is a queer poet of mixed Kanaka Maoli descent born and raised in Western Massachusetts/Pocomtuc/Nipmuc territory. His chapbook From Hunger to Prayer was published by Silver Needle Press in 2018.

      Lyz Soto is a spoken word artist of Visayan, Ilocano, Hakka, German, English, and French descent. Her spoken word theater show, Her Bodies of Stories, premiered at the Doris Duke Theater in 2016. 

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