Call for Papers: "Indigenous 'Deep' Space:

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Call for Papers: "Indigenous 'Deep' Space:

Indigenous Absence and Presence in Sci-Fi and Comics"

2010 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association

February 10–13, 2009Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Association's
31st Annual Conference
in Albuquerque, NMPaper proposals are now being accepted for a panel dedicated to the absence and presence of Indigenous Characters and Cultures in popular Sci-Fi genres. From Star Trek Voyager's Chakotay to the X-Men's Danielle Moonstar, the Sci-Fi and Comic genres' have both capitalized and mined the Indigenous landscape for characters and culture. This panel asks presenters to examine and dialogue the presentation of Indigenous characters and culture in both their presence and absence of their actuality in the popular genres of Sci-Fi and Comics. The deadline for submitting proposals is November 15, 2009.Listed below are some suggestions for possible presentations, but topics not included here are welcome and encouraged:

  • Indigenous Writers of Sci-Fi genres.
  • Indigenous Cultures In Space (Issues of colonization that mirror Indigenous histories in Sci-Fi Deep Space Settings)
  • Blue Corn Comics
  • Indigenous/Native American descended characters in Sci-Fi
  • Indigenous/Native American descended characters in Comic and graphic novels
  • Specific Sci-fi T.V. Shows incorporating Indigenous Culture and Characters (episodes of Stargate, Angel, Buffy, Star Trek etc). 
  • Western and Indigenous Scientific Perspectives
  • Online Comics
  • History of Indigenous Characters in Sci-fi or Comics

Inquiries regarding this area and/or abstracts of 250 words may be sent to L. Rain Cranford-Gomez. Please forward this email to people who would be interested in participating. 
L. Rain A Cranford-Gomez
Area Chair, Native/Indigenous Studies
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