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Thursday May 4, 2023
Join us as we welcome the RRIII community in the Cosplay Cantina!Enjoy a Blue Milk Margarita! Put crushed ice in a chilled cocktail shaker and add:
Friday May 5, 2023
- Adrien Débart (Université Bordeaux Montaigne), “Truly wonderful, the mind of a fan is. Children as resistant characters in modern Star Wars fan films.”
- Alexander Vandewalle (University of Antwerp & Ghent University), “‘Now There’s A Man Who Knows His History’: Archaeological Fan Engagement with the Serialized Storytelling of Star Wars.”
- Emily Strand (Mt. Carmel College), “One Way Out: the enduring influence of Arthur Lipsett’s 21-87 on Star Wars.”
- Kathryn McDaniel (Marietta College), “Mirrors of Desire: Legacy, Destiny, and the Reflected Self in Star Wars and Harry Potter.”
- Thomas Conner (UC San Diego), “Saint Leia: From Video-Mail Imaginary to Techno-Futurist Icon.”
- Colin Atkinson et. al. (University of the West of Scotland), “A Critical Discourse Analysis of Undercover Policing in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
Keynote: Chris Kempshall, "The enduring power of Legends: Reassessing the Expanded Universe" 12:00/6:00pm–1:00/7:00pm (CDT/BST)
Between 1991 and 2011 the Star Wars franchise was populated predominantly not by film but by the books, comics, and games of the Expanded Universe. These materials explored the galaxy from thousands of years before and after the fall of Anakin Skywalker. The Expanded Universe was, in many ways, simultaneously a testament to organised, joined up story-telling and a convoluted and contradictory mass of plot lines.
In 2014, following their purchase of Lucasfilm, Disney announced that the Expanded Universe would be de-canonised to make room for a new wave of storytelling.
This lecture will examine the key plot lines of the Expanded Universe and the fan reaction to its cancellation. Most importantly though, it will seek to assess the value that may be found within it for Star Wars scholars of the future.
Sam Langdale, Moderator
It is a lawless time: Star Wars, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (Roundtable) 1:00/7:00pm–1:55/7:55pm (CDT/BST)
- Noam Ebner, Creighton University
- Rachel Viscomi, Harvard University
- Sherrill Hayes, Kennesaw State University
- Chris Wildrick (Syracuse University), “Rating the Rebels: The Merit and Morality of Different Factions of the Star Wars Resistance.”
- Amy Sturgis (Lenoir-Rhyne University), “‘They Walked without Speaking’: Guardians of the Whills, Andor, and Local Resistance.”
- Michael Norton Dando (St. Cloud State University), and Craig Boyd (St. Louis University), “‘Rebellions are Built on Hope’: Cassian Andor, ‘Status Viatoris’, and the Necessary Moral Conditions for Rebellion in Star Wars.”
- Shawn Gilmore (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), “‘Kenobi Means Nothing’: On the Problem of Narrative Closure in the Star Wars Franchise.”
- Mackenzie Streissguth (Clark College), “Narrative Theory of Andor and Rogue One: on Writing until Dead(end).”
- C Dalrymple-Fraser (University of Toronto), “Banal deaths and resistant grief: Loss in Andor.”
The Bluetooth Snaggle: Franchise Toy Culture and Commodity As An Academic Gateway Into Star Wars Action Figure Studies (Panel) 4:30/10:30–5:25/11:25pm (CDT/BST)
- Richard Stevens (University of Colorado)
- Jonathan Alexandratos (CUNY)
- Dan Yezbick (St. Louis CC at Wildwood)
Saturday May 6, 2023
- Claus Toft Neilsen (Aarhus University), “Mediating merchandise, fan resistance and sites of struggle in Disney’s Star Wars franchise.”
- Allison Whitney (Texas Tech University), “‘Twill not go the way you think!: Adaptation and Fan Performance of William Shakespeare’s Jedi the Last.”
- Rachel Jurasevich (The Ohio State University), “'Armitage Hux Needs a Hug': The Ethical Implications of Narrative Reconstruction in 'Skywalker Saga' Fanfiction.”
- Adam Sherif (University of Lincoln), “Diversifying The Human Cast Can’t Save Star Wars From Itself”
- Rebecca Harrison (The Open University), “This Whole Lousy Beautiful Franchise: Star Wars, Neo-Colonialism and the Environment.”
- Kenneth Linden (University of Tartu), “Drinking Dray’s Milk and Herding in the Highland: Andor’s Aldhani and its Real-World Parallels.”
- Colette Searls (University of Maryland-Baltimore County), “Made to Suffer: The meaning of free droid labor in Star Wars.”
- Shane Gomes (Tennessee State University), “Slavery and Oppression in a Galaxy Far, Far Away.”
- Mohammed Shakibnia (Oregon State University), “Our World, Star Wars, and Refugees: Why Urgent Change is Needed Now.”
- Christina Knopf (SUNY Cortland), “Building Resistance: Agency and LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures.”
- Vikki Terrile (Queensborough Community College), “Saving What We Love: The Hope and Resistance of Makers and Craftspeople in Disney’s Star Wars.”
- Eric Clayton (Independent Scholar), “Less Machine, Twisted and Evil: Contemplating Systems of Empire to Save Vader.”
- Kaiya Schroeder and Kodi Saylor (UC Denver), “The Dead and the Beautiful: Oola and the Search for Women Like Us in the Star Wars Universe.”
Keynote: Patricia A. Jackson, “Why Representation Matters In a Galaxy Far, Far Away” 4:00/10:00pm–4:55/10:55pm (CDT/BST)
“Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” —Princess Leia, Episode IV
We are most vulnerable when we hope, and we are never more vulnerable than when we are children. Eventually we grow up to be adults with insecurities and to escape those insecurities, we retreat to the movies and stories that make us feel like children again. But what happens when you don't see yourself included in the storyline? What impact does this have on the inner child who lives in each of us?
Heroes should never come in a preselected default, but in a vast array of fully customizable modes that span a multitude of faces, voices, and cultures. This is why representation matters. Diversity is not about creating safe spaces, but brave ones, where people see themselves represented within the tapestry of one of the greatest stories ever told.
John Martin, Moderator