Sun 17 March 2019 | 9:30 am - 6:45 pm
Tel Aviv University - Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv,

The international Science Fiction Symposium at Tel-Aviv University is pleased to announce its sixth annual event:
Re-Collections: Memory, History and Mindspace in Science Fiction

The Symposium will take place on 17-18 March, 2019, at Tel-Aviv University, Gilman Building, Room 496, and will be open to the public!

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DAY ONE 17.3

9:30-10:00 Gathering

10:00-10:30 Greetings and Opening Remarks

Prof. Leo Corry – Dean of Humanities
Prof. Michéle Kahan – Chair, the Porter School of Cultural Studies
Dr. Noam Reisner – Chair, the Department of English and American Studies
Prof. Elana Gomel – Chair of the Symposium Organizing Committee

10:30-12:00 – Memory and the Re-forming of Genres
Chair: Orin Posner
Grace Michaeli (TAU): Recollecting the Genre: Jules Verne and H.G. Wells through a 21st Century Lens
Tom Shapira (TAU): Remaking your Remembrance – Memories and the Superhero Genre
Meyrav Koren-Kuik (TAU): Memories and Bodies / Bodies of Memories: The Genealogy of Memory in Star Trek Discovery

12:00-12:15 Coffee Break

12:15-13:45 – Temporality and Memory
Chair: Yael Maurer
Nitya Datta (University of Delhi): Blink: A Study of the Limits of Time Travel
Gal Marom (Shenkar College): Time and Memory in Braid
Oonagh Hayes (Tubingen University): Concepts of History and Memory in a Post-conflict Society in the Series Star Trek Voyager

13:45-14:45 Lunch

14:45-16:15 – Memories in Technology
Chair: Shawn Edrei
Peter Makai (Linnaeus University): Species Memory, Genetic History: Narrating Biologically Inherited Memories in the Dune and the Assassin’s Creed series
Yanai Sened (TAU): If I Recall Correctly: Philip K. Dick and the Impossibility of Perfect Technological Memory
Krushna Dande (Jadavpur University): Rewriting Memory and History in the SCP Wiki

16:15-16:30 Coffee Break

16:30-18:00 Round Table: Jewish and Israeli Science Fiction
Featuring contributors from Zion’s Fiction: A Treasury of Israeli Speculative Literature

18:00-18:15 Closing Remarks

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DAY TWO 18.3

9:30-10:00 Gathering

10:00-10:15 Opening Remarks

10:15-11:00 Keynote Lecture: Carmel Weissman (TAU)
Transcendence by Cannibalization of Materiality: Self and Memory Between Science and Science Fiction

11:00-12:30 – Remembering History
Chair: Elana Gomel
Eric Sandberg (City University of Hong Kong): China Miéville’s Science Fiction and the Politics of the Past
Natalija Majsova (Univeristy of Louvain): Liminality and Archetypic Futures: Childhood in Soviet and Post-Soviet Science Fiction Films
Hella Bloom Cohen (St. Catherine University): Afrofuturism and Neo-Zionism in Deep Space Nine

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:00 – Memories as Identity
Chair: Anat Karolin
Amit Kardosh (Haifa University): Memory as the Anchor of Identity and Initiator of Free Will in HBO’s Westworld
Ercan Gürova (Ankara University): Recollecting Memories to Confront Mortality in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go
Orin Posner (TAU): “It Isn’t a Story I’m Telling. It’s Also a Story I’m Telling”: Ambivalent Narrative in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale

15:00-15:15 – Coffee Break

15:15-16:45 – Memories and Bodies
Chair: Meyrav Koren-Kuik
Eden Kupermintz (TAU): Perfect Attendants – Memory, Mutation and the Eternal Return in Dempow Torishima’s Sisyphean
Shawn Edrei (TAU): Soft(ware) Bodies: Avatars in Science Fiction Video Games
Gabriela Debita (University of Galați): Death, Memory, and the Corruption of the Collective Mindspace in Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Word for World Is Forest

16:45-17:00 – Coffee Break

17:00-18:30 – Objects of Memory
Chair: Grace Michaeli
Elana Gomel (TAU): Darkness Visible: Absence as Presence and Memory
Raz Greenberg (The Hebrew University): Making Israeli Science Fiction History in Avi Katz’s Tenth Dimension Cover Illustrations
Erga Heller (Kaye Academic College of Education): Recreation of a Cultural Memory in Time Travel Plots

18:30-18:45 – Closing Remarks

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