Extraordinary Voyages: Jules Verne and Beyond
The 2009 Eaton Conference
April 30-May 3
at the University of California at Riverside
Keynote speeches by:
- Marie-Hélène Huet, author of The History of the Extraordinary Voyages
- Walter James Miller, founder of modern American Verne studies
- John Rieder, author of Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction
invited panel discussions on:
- The Emergence of Modern Science Fiction
- Verne in Europe and the United States
- Verne in Film
- Steampunk after Verne
- Collecting and Translating Verne
- awarding of the Eaton Lifetime Achievement Award to Frederik Pohl, author of The Space Merchants, Gateway, Man Plus, and other SF classics
- Science Fiction Studies symposium on The Histories of Science Fiction, with talks by De Witt Kilgore, Veronica Hollinger, and Roger Luckhurst
- annual awards ceremony of the Science Fiction Poetry Association
- tours of the Eaton archive
Call for Papers:
Extraordinary voyages have shaped world literature since the Biblical Flood and The Odyssey, but no single writer has done more than Jules Verne to forge this device into a narrative template for addressing modern issues. The UCR Libraries Eaton Science Fiction Collection, in
coordination with the North American Jules Verne Society, proposes a two and one-half-day conference that will examine the traditions Verne exploited, Vernes own extraordinary work, and his far-ranging influence in modern fiction and culture.
The conference welcomes scholars, collectors, and enthusiasts of the extraordinary voyage and will address, but not necessarily be limited to, the following sets of questions.
Abstracts of 300-500 words (for papers of 20-minutes in length) should be submitted by December 15, 2008 to Melissa Conway, director of Special Collections in the Rivera Library, at:firstname.lastname@example.org.