113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Finding Lost Time: Narrative, Nostalgia, Utopia

Session Chair: 
Greg Borenstein, Futurist, Minority Report (Fox)
Session 9: Saturday 3:35-5:05pm
McKenzie (PMCC)


  1. Claire Edwards, Ashford University
    Through images of empty space, a dialogic focus on subjects related to time, and continuously evolving characters, Richard Linklater presents a complex view of time and space and their effects on romantic love in his Before trilogy. 
  2. William Christopher Burwick, Hamilton College
    Based on primary research done on documents possessed by the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, I will discuss how the East German Author’s Union Committee for Utopian Literature conceptualized the future. What influence, if any, did this committee have in establishing and legitimizing the genre of science fiction?
  3. Jeremiah Axelrod, Institute for the Study of Los Angeles, Occidental College, Greg Borenstein, Futurist, Minority Report (Fox)
    From the year 2000 of Looking Backward (1887), the 2026 of Metropolis (1927), to the 2019 of Blade Runner (1982), or even the "20 Minutes into the Future" of Max Headroom (1985), speculative fiction often explores the tension between technologies of human augmentation and technocratic regimes of dehumanization. This presentation explores these questions of social justice and progress in Minority Report (currently airing on Fox).
Session Cancelled: