2018 Conference: Uniting the Academy and the Community Conference Program and Registration

2018 Octavia E. Butler Conference: Uniting the Academy and the Community 

Sponsored by:

The Octavia E. Butler Literary Society, The Spelman College Office of the Provost, The Spelman College Division of Arts and the Geffen Artist-in-Residence Program,  The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, The UNCF/Mellon Programs,  The Spelman College Ethel W. Githii Honors Program 

Contact:   Tarshia L Stanley, tstanley@spelman.edu                                                                               Or oebliterarysociety@gmail.com,   404.270.5664

Special Guests:

Tananarive Due Novelist, Journalist, Afrofuturist, NAACP Image Award, American Book Award

 Toshi Reagon  Singer, Songwriter, Musician,

Toshi Reagon photographed at her home in Brooklyn, NY on January 13, 2011.
Photo Credit: Erica Beckman

The Conseula Francis Ph.D. Memorial  Opening Session/Dinner 

Friday, February 23rd at 7pm                                                                               (This  event is sold out. No tickets sold at door.)

Special Guest Speaker    Tananarive Due                                                                                               (BDT Suites Private Dining Room)

 

 

ON-SITE REGISTRATION OPENS At  9:00am 

Please scroll to bottom of page for Registration pricing and details.

Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center

Lower Level 28 

 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

 

Saturday, February 24

Session 1 A  9:30am-10:45am   

(Camille Cosby ACADEMIC CENTER LOWER LEVEL 31)

Butler and Philosophy 

Matt Mullins–Chair

“Postcritical Butler”    Matt Mullins– Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Thinking Beyond the Box: Octavia Butler and Hindu Philosophy” Aparajita Nanda–University of California, Berkeley

“Octavia E. Butler’s Failed Utopias”  Joshua Burnett–Arkansas State University, Queretaro, Mexico.

 

Session 1 B  9:30am-10:45am

(Camille Cosby ACADEMIC CENTER LOWER LEVEL 32)

What Do You Think You Can Show Me?” Shifting Science Fiction to Denote the Black Feminist Experience in Octavia Butler’s Literature

Ryan Scott Heath–Chair

Jay Shelat–University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Shari Arnold–Georgia State University

Ebony Gibson–Georgia State University

Brittany Stewart–Georgia State University

Andy Reid–Morgan State University

 

Session 2 A  11:00am-12:15pm

(Camille Cosby ACADEMIC CENTER LOWER LEVEL 32)

Rethinking Butler 

Bevin Roue–Chair

“Teaching Butler’s Parable of the Talents in the Age of Trump”  Jonathan Lewis–Troy University

“Remapping Octavia Butler”  Shelby Crosby–University of Memphis

“Inevitable Hell?: Utopia and Race Octavia E. Butler’s “The Book of Martha” and George S. Schuyler’s Black No More”  Tarshia  Stanley–Spelman College

 

Session 2 B  11:00am-12:15pm

(Camille Cosby ACADEMIC CENTER LOWER LEVEL 31)

Butler and the Body

Jay Shelat–Chair

“Anatomy and Archive: Remembering with Memory in Butler’s Fledgling”  Gabriella Friedman–Cornell University

“Mother Knows Best”  Jonathan Gregory Tyler–Columbia State Community College

 

LUNCH – 12:30pm-1:50pm

(Conference Presenters  Only)

Manley Center Atrium 

 

Session 3 A  2:00pm-3:15pm

(Camille Cosby ACADEMIC CENTER LOWER LEVEL 31)

Empathy in Butler

Aparajita Nanda–Chair

“Re-Reading Race and Disability in Octavia Butler’s Imago”  Karina Vado–University of Florida

“Hyperempathy for a Hyperspace: (Dis)ability and Interdependent Consciousness in Octavia Butler’s Parable Series”  Doug Stark –University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

“All We Need: The Driving Force of Human Interaction in Butler’s Work”                              Davina G. Ward–SUNY, Genesco

Session 3 B  2:00pm-3:15pm

(Camille Cosby ACADEMIC CENTER LOWER LEVEL 31)

Butler, History, Disability

Jonathan P. Lewis–Chair

“The Nation that was Built on a Black Woman’s Back: Religion and Survival in Octavia Butler’s Parable Series”  Briana Whiteside–University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

“Abelism in the Xenogenesis Series”  Laney Jolley–Columbia State Community College

“Unassuming Heroines: Exploring Violent Journeys in Wild Seed and A Mercy”                Ashley Tisdale–Florida A&M University

 

Session 4 3:30-5pm

(Camille Cosby ACADEMIC CENTER LOWER LEVEL 32)

Roundtable: Approaches to Teaching Octavia E. Butler in the Academy

Tarshia Stanley–Chair

Edmond Y. Chang–Ohio University

Bevin Roue–Auburn University

Claire Curtis–College of Charleston

Aparajita Nanda–University of California, Berkeley

Shreyashi Mukherjee–Assam University, Diphu, India

Beth McCoy–SUNY, Genesco

 

 Special Performance    

Saturday, February 24th, 7pm    

                              Camille Oliva Hanks Cosby Ed.D. Academic Center Auditorium 

       Spelman College Geffen Artist-in-Residence Concert

Toshi Reagon 

Spelman College, Division of the Arts Geffen Artist-in Residence Program

      The concert segment of the conference is free and              open to the public. Please click on the link to RSVP

    Toshi Reagon Celebrates Octavia E. Butler 

 

 

 

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 25

REGISTRATION OPENS AT  9:00am

Camille Cosby Academic Center

3rd Floor, Room 328

 

OEB Society Business Meeting  9:30am-10:30am

(COSBY ACADEMIC CENTER LOWER LEVEL 329)

 

Session 1A 10:30am-11:45am

(COSBY ACADEMIC CENTER LOWER LEVEL 31)

New Considerations of Octavia E. Butler: Body, Spirit and Text

Claire Curtis–Chair

Sheila Smith McKoy–Kennesaw State University

Griselda Thomas–Kennesaw State University

Tamera Powell–Kennesaw State University

Session 1 B 10:30am-11:45am

(COSBY ACADEMIC CENTER LOWER LEVEL 32)

Butler Past and Future

Lynette Parker–Chair

“Time Travel Narratives, Activist Histories, and Sustainable                                                                   Community Partnerships”  Kathleen T. Leuschen–Emory University

“Engaging Octavia Butler and Afrofuturism: Tools for Teachers in the Era                                       of Black Lives Matter”  Lynette Parker–Research Institute for School Leadership

“If you don’t take this chance, I don’t think you’ll be able to leave me.”:                                           Teaching Fledgling and College Bonds”  Beth McCoy–SUNY Genesco

 

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Conference Registration 

All presenters must register for conference.

 

Professional $50                                                                                       

 

Graduate Student $35                                                                                    

 

C0mmunity $35                                                                                                 

 

Retired $25                                                                                                          

Spelman Student/Faculty/Staff Registration is Free except for the  Friday dinner and Saturday luncheon. These are ticketed events. 

Please send an email to oebliterarysociety@gmail.com to indicate which events you want to attend and get your name on the list.

The Toshi Reagon concert is free and open to the public. Please click on the link to RSVP:  Toshi Reagon Celebrates Octavia E. Butler 

 

 

 

Hotel Information 

Please click on the Hotel name to receive the conference rate: $169 per night

Embassy Suites by Hilton, Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park

267 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA. 30313

Direct: 678 686 0760 | Main: 404 223 2300 I Fax: 678.686.0725

 

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