UPDATE: Robert A. Heinlein and Human Identity (10/31/05; PCA/ACA, 4/12/06-4/15/06)
Breaking News: The deadline for proposals for the
Heinlein Studies Area of the PCA/ACA has been extended
from October 15, 2005 to October 31st.
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
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
Suggested topics of exploration include (but are not
The Human Diaspora
The Future History
Defining humanity in sf context
Popular culture and sf
The space program
Short stories and novels
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,
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,
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
Visit the area website for more information and
updates leading up to the conference:
www.rahstudies.org. Other opportunities for
scholarship will be posted on the website as they
become available. Also, please visit the Heinlein
Society website (www.heinleinsociety.org) 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 31, 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
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or write Jennifer Higginbotham: higginbj_at_english.upenn.edu
Received on Tue Oct 11 2005 - 17:57:46 EDT