UPDATE: Reading Stargate SG-1 and Beyond (11/1/04; collection)

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Abstract Submission Deadline Extention to November 1 2004

Reading Stargate SG-1 and Beyond: Stan Beeler and Lisa Dickson, eds.
Essay abstracts of 250 - 500 words should be forwarded by Nov 1 2004 to
Stan Beeler, stan_at_unbc.ca or
Lisa Dickson, dicksonl_at_unbc.ca

In 1997 the series Stargate SG-1 first aired on American Cable television,
initially on Showtime and then in later seasons on the SciFi and Space
channels. Through syndication, it has since ventured into broader European
markets. Stargate SG-1 has blossomed into a series with a stable market
value driven by fierce fan loyalty. Moreover, the series has an eighth
season in production and--what may be considered the holy grail of any
television series--a spin-off (Atlantis) also premiering this summer. 
Given the short and brutish lifespan of the average Fantasy / Science Fiction
series it would seem appropriate to take a critical look at Stargate SG-1 as
it enters its eighth season and attempt to discover the source of its staying
power. The show's military setting and its dramatization of the American
military's relationship with external powers (both Earthly and
extra-terrestrial), and its exploration of the ethics of technology, empire,
and exploration make an investigation of this series at this point in history
evocatively topical.
We are soliciting essays that will provide critical analyses of the program as
both film/text and cultural phenomenon. Essays should be scholarly but
should be accessible to a well-educated, well-informed lay readership.

Dr. Stan Beeler
University of Northern British Columbia
Dr. Lisa Dickson
University of Northern British Columbia

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