The Archipelacon Academic Track includes nearly 30 presentations by scholars representing a variety of countries and fields of study. The topics range from postapocalyptic fictions to alien architecture and the influence of sf on bioethics – from Donald Duck comics to Battlestar Galactica, as well as works by Gaiman, Tolkien, Atwood and G.R.R. Martin. The programme takes the form of 20-minute presentations, with 10 minutes allowed for discussion after each paper.
In addition, we are happy to announce a keynote talk from our Guest Scholar Gary K. Wolfe (Roosevelt University, USA). Professor Wolfe is one of the foremost scholars of science fiction in the world. His latest book is Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature (2011), and he has published articles and chapters in e.g. The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy, Parabolas of Science Fiction and The Oxford Handbook to Science Fiction. Since 2010, he has co-hosted a weekly podcast on science fiction with Australian editor Jonathan Strahan. The Coode Street Podcast was also nominated for four different awards in 2011 and Hugo Awards in 2012 and 2013.
The academic programming is open to all convention members.