CFP: Robert A. Heinlein and Human Identity (10/15/05; PCA/ACA, 4/12/06-4/16/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Lisa N. Edmonds
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Call for Papers:
Robert A. Heinlein and Human Identity

Robert A. Heinlein Studies
An Area of the Popular Culture Association
National PCA/ACA Conference
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
April 12-16, 2006
Atlanta, Georgia

The Heinlein Studies Area invites papers, panels,
artwork, and multimedia presentations related to
Robert A. Heinlein, his works, and his influences.
Presentations from a variety of academic and critical
perspectives and disciplines are welcome and should be
suitable for a 15 to 20-minute reading/presentation
time limit.

Suggested topics of exploration include (but are not
limited to):
The Human Diaspora
The Future History
The juveniles
Defining humanity in sf context
Cultural contexts
Popular culture and sf
The space program
Short stories and novels
Social structure
Critical analysis of Heinlein's works, characters, and
themes (i.e. gender and sex roles, sexuality,
feminism, engineering longevity, natural and unnatural
selection, animal imagery and symbolism, nationalism,
religion, etc.)

This year, Heinlein Studies particularly welcomes
papers and presentations discussing Heinlein along
with his contemporaries and other luminaries of sf.
In honor of the current and past recipients of the
Heinlein Award, we especially invite papers discussing
the works of Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Arthur C.
Clarke, and Michael Flynn together with Heinlein.

Heinlein Studies is not limited to sf themes only.
Heinlein's works encompass many fields of study.
Presentations are encouraged from all academic areas,
Human sexuality
Women's studies
     Film studies
Political science

Artwork can be representational of (or inspired by)
Heinlein-related themes, characters, works, or other
aspects of the Heinlein universe. Artists will
present and discuss their work at the conference.
Digital images or photographs may be requested by the
area chair prior to the conference. Proposals for
artwork and multimedia presentations will be evaluated
on an
individual basis. AV equipment must be requested in

Visit the area website for more information and
updates leading up to the conference: Other opportunities for
scholarship will be posted on the website as they
become available. Also, please visit the Heinlein
Society website ( for more

Please e-mail inquiries or 250-word abstracts and
working bibliography (optional) to Lisa N. Edmonds,
Heinlein Studies Area Chair. Deadline for abstracts
and proposals is October 15, 2005. Prospective
panelists will be contacted via e-mail. All
submissions will be acknowledged upon receipt.

Lisa N. Edmonds
PCA Area Chair for Heinlein Studies

Lisa N. Edmonds
PCA Area Chair for Heinlein Studies

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