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Blacks In Science Fiction: A New Frontier Howard University, Washington, D.C. March 27-28, 2003 This interdisciplinary conference aims to engage the literature of African-American science fiction writers and their role in defining the genre. Creating a forum that will produce research and other materials necessary to further analyze the writing of black bodies in fiction and Popular Culture are all crucial goals for this conference. At its core are exchanges of ideas and identity theories surrounding the African-American in a genre of literature and film that has only recently been considered as a viable space for Black experiences. Topics to be covered will include, but not be limited to, the list below. Contributions focusing on the works of Octavia Butler (Key Note Speaker), Tananarive Due, Nalo Hopkinson, Samuel Delaney, Steven Barnes, and LeVar Burton are particularly welcome. The Absence/Presence of Race in Science Fiction; African-American/Caribbean Folklore and Science Fiction; Matriarchies and Patriarchies of the Future; Speculative Fiction vs Science Fiction; Gender Construction in the Past/Present/ Future; Embracing Difference; Sacrifice and Survival; Time Travel for the African-American; Memory as a Time Machine; Slave Narratives of the Future; Aliens and Black Bodies; Immortality and the Ancestors; Robots and Slaves; White and Other on the Silver Screen; Lilith and Other Black Witches. To submit essays or get more information about conference and participants please contact the conference organizer: Gregory J. Hampton, M.A., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of African-American Literature Department of English Howard University Locke Hall 212 2400 Sixth Street Washington, D.C. 20059 (202) 806-5611 email@example.com