Saturday, May 25 • 10:05am - 11:25am
Neurodiversity: Cognition, Alterity, and Ability in Science Fiction Literature

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Last year, the Escape Velocity literature track entered into an examination of disability representation in science fiction literature. Due to the popularity of the topic, our discussion will continue this year with an exploration of neurodiversity - the effort to de-pathologize "mental illness" and consider the wide array of cognitive differences that defines us all.

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Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

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Melinda C. Hall

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Stetson University
Melinda C. Hall (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Stetson University. She specializes in bioethics, Continental philosophy, and the philosophy of disability. Hall is the author of The Bioethics of Enhancement: Transhumanism, Disability, and... Read More →
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Michael Bérubé

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature, Penn State University
I'm the author of ten books and editor of two more, three of which deal with intellectual disability (two of those are about my son, James, who was born in 1991 with Down syndrome). I have written a couple of things here and there about intellectual disability and science fiction... Read More →
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Sami Schalk

Dr. Sami Schalk is an Assistant Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison with research focusing on disability, race, and gender in contemporary American literature and culture. Her first book, Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race and Gender in... Read More →

Saturday May 25, 2019 10:05am - 11:25am EDT
Panel 3 (WW D)
  • Moderator Aisha Matthews