Fifth Annual Comics and Popular Arts Conference

at Dragon*Con - Atlanta, GA - Aug 31-Sept 3, 2012

Program at a Glance

Friday

COMICS- The Superhero As The Other - Fri 11:30 am (Hyatt - Hannover F)

SFF LIT- Fandom and Feminism - Friday at 1pm (Hyatt - Greenbriar)

CPAC Conference Dinner

COMICS- Gender, Power, and the Superhero Self - Fri 07:00 pm (Hyatt - Hannover F)

Saturday

ANIME/MANGA - History and Philosophy in Full Metal Alchemist - Saturday at 10am (Hyatt - Courtland)

ANIME/MANGA - Miyazaki, Gender, and Joseph Campbell on the Heroic Quest - Saturday 5:30pm (Hyatt - Courtland)

COMICS - Comics, Critical Thinking, and the Canon - Sat 07:00 pm (Hyatt - Hannover F)

COMICS - Philosophers, Warriors, and Sages - Sat 08:30 pm (Hyatt - Hannover F)

SFF LIT- Moths, Metafiction, and Mieville - Saturday 8:30pm (Hyatt - Fairlie)

Sunday

APOCALYPSE- The Walking Dead: From the Page to the Screen (Fans meet Scholars Roundtable Discussion) - Sunday 11:30am (Westin - Vinings 1-2)

BRIT-  Theorizing the Doctor: Then And Again - Sunday 1:00pm (Sheraton - Macon)

TREK - Prospects for Human/Tech Interfaces: Is Geordi's VISOR realizable? - Sunday 2:30pm (Sheraton - Athens)

Comics and Pop Culture Studies Forum - Sunday 4:00pm (Hyatt - University)

COMICS - The Status of Women in Mainstream Comics - Sun 07:00 pm (Hyatt - Hannover F)

COMICS - Documentary: Black Masculinity and Comics - Sun 08:30 pm  (Hyatt - Hannover F)

Monday

SFF LIT- Dynamic Identities: Characters as Moving Targets - Monday 10am (Hyatt - Fairlie)

Program Detail

Friday

11:30 am: The Superhero As The Other 

Comics Track (Hyatt - Hannover F)

What insights into diversity, marginalization, & suppression can we find in superhero comics?

1:00 pm: Fandom and Feminism

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Literature Track (Hyatt - Greenbriar)

How are women and feminism received and presented in sci fi/fantasy narratives and fandoms? T Mahaffey, A Johnson, J Flowers.

7:00 pm: Gender, Power, and the Superhero Self

Comics Track (Hyatt - Hannover F)

How superhero comics present conceptions of masculinity & femininity, in terms of power, transition, & coming-of-age.

Saturday

10:00 am: History and Philosophy in Full Metal Alchemist 

Anime/Manga Track (Hyatt - Courtland)

The history and philosophy of alchemy and the infamous Philosopher’s Stone in the context of Full Metal Alchemist. C Smith.

5:30 pm: Miyazaki, Gender, and Joseph Campbell on the Heroic Quest

Anime/Manga Track (Hyatt - Courtland)

Hayao Miyazaki re-visions Joseph Campbell’s universal myth of the (exclusively) male hero, expanding it to feature girls and young women. D Scally.

7:00 pm: Comics, Critical Thinking, and the Canon (Workshop)

Comics Track (Hyatt - Hannover F)

Presenters discuss the pedagogical possibilities which arise as comics are increasingly employed in the college classroom.

Parallel Sessions

8:30 pm: Philosophers, Warriors, and Sages

Comics Track (Hyatt - Hannover F)

Presenters analyze the expression and embodiment of philosophical and religious principles by heroic characters.

8:30 pm: Moths, Metafiction, and Mieville 

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Literature Track (Hyatt - Fairlie)

Panel explores China Mieville’s depictions of contagious disorder and the creative process in Perdido Street Station. T Berry, S Starnaman.

Sunday

11:30 am: The Walking Dead: From the Page to the Screen (Fans meet Scholars Roundtable)

Apocalypse Rising Track (Westin - Vinings 1-2)

Whether a fan of the comic or the television series, you won't want miss this lively discussion about the good, the bad, and the undead. (Organized by Track.)

1:00 pm: Theorizing the Doctor: Then And Again 

British Sci-Fi Media Track (Sheraton - Macon)

The evolution of Doctor Who will be explored in social, ethical, and technological perspectives. R Levy, C Nisley, H Markley.

2:30 pm: Prospects for Human/Tech Interfaces: Is Geordi's VISOR realizable?

Trek Track (Sheraton - Athens)

Geordi LaForge's VISOR is a vision for sensory replacement and enhancement. How does it measure up against current neuroscience? Katherine Bryant

4:00 pm: Comics and Pop Culture Studies Forum: The Future of Academic Programming at Dragon*Con

        Hyatt - University Room

        This meeting is for participants of CPAC and invited guests only. If you would like to participate but have not received an invitation, please email the organizers.

7:00 pm: The Status of Women in Mainstream Comics (Roundtable Discussion)

Comics Track (Hyatt - Hannover F)

Roundtable discussion of the status of women creators and the representations of women in mainstream comics, historical and contemporary. MJ Brown.

8:30 pm: Documentary: Black Masculinity and Comics

Comics Track (Hyatt - Hannover F)

Jonathan Gayles Ph.D (Georgia State Univ.) screens his film White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books. Q&A w/ filmmaker.

Monday

10:00 am: Dynamic Identities: Characters as Moving Targets 

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Literature Track (Hyatt - Fairlie)

Characters & archetypes from Hamlet to the works of Miéville may have inconsistent identities due to changes in audience, author, or plot mechanisms.