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The Battle for Copyright: Fandom versus Mega Corporations (Cathy Cupitt)

This paper is driven by two questions: What is copyright? and How should it work? One common view of copyright is that it’s a way for authors to protect their hard work. While this is true, it is not the whole story. In particular: it is not individual authors who control and influence copyright law -- it is corporate authors, such as Disney, and government ...

Fandom, Boobs, and the Internet: Big sister is watching you (Sarah Xu)

"This should be a better world," a friend of mine said. "A more honest one, where sex isn't shameful or degrading. I wish this was the kind of world where say, 'Wow, I'd like to touch your breasts,' and people would understand that it's not a way of reducing you to a set of nipples and ignoring the rest of you, but rather a way of saying that ...

Is there anybody out there?

In the last decade, the discovery of hundreds of extrasolar planets firmly pinned down our understanding of planet formation, and led to the conclusion that planets are extremely common. At the same time, the study of Archeabacteria 'extremophiles' has widened our horizons for the conditions where life can survive, including extremes of heat, cold, acidita...

Accounts and Reflections: Literature on Neil Gaiman and his work

A survey of the critical and scholarly literature on Neil Gaiman and his work.

Abstract: Neil Gaiman is the multi-award winning and best-selling of some of the most critically acclaimed fantasy fiction published during the past 20 years. What I will seek to do in this paper is to conduct a brief survey of the existing scholarly critical literature on a...

Science Fiction and the Sublime ((Sunday only))

This paper proposes to look at four pleasures of the sublime that lie within science fiction. The sublime is a historical idea that emerged as people began discovering the universe and the world around them in Europe. Thus, it is as Kant called it, the mathematical pleasures of this sublime that are one such pleasure. Another, also proposed by Kant, is the ...

The Aliens are among us: The science fiction in John Lilly's science

The science fiction in John Lilly's science

Presented by: Tess Williams

Abstract: to follow

The Meat-Grinder of History: Tatyana Tolstaya's 'The Slynx'

The Meat-Grinder of History: Tatyana Tolstaya's 'The Slynx' as Post-Communist Dystopia

Withdrawn due to other commitments.

Tolkien Criticism: Some Critical Comments ((Sunday afternoon only))

As the necessary preliminary to writing a study tentatively entitled: ‘Tolkien the Fascist? Debating the Politics of Middle-earth’. I've tried, and failed, to read all the critical literature on Tolkien's fantasies. The sheer volume of this material makes such an exhaustive reading impossible. But I've now been reading for two years, and have mastered ...


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