Kona Coast, Big Island of Hawaii, September 13-17, 2017

Announcing SCIENCE FICTIONS, POPULAR CULTURES: devoted to cross-disciplinary, cross-genre, and cross-media scholarship.

SCIENCE FICTIONS, POPULAR CULTURES is an academic conference which runs in conjunction with HawaiiCon (September 13-17, 2017 with an opening reception September 13) on the west side of the Big Island of Hawaii at the Mauna Lani Bay HotelReserve by clicking here

The inaugural theme of SCIENCE FICTIONS, POPULAR CULTURES is: Beyond Boundaries.

  • Just as Star Wars' opera & Josh Wheden's vision boldly went where none had gone...
  • Just as artists are not bounded by one media or platform...
  • Just as science pushes the limits of what is fiction to discover what is fact...
  • Just as science fiction constantly defies and defines the parameters of genre...
  • Just as popular culture erases the divides of academic disciplines...

SCIENCE FICTIONS, POPULAR CULTURES seeks to both defy and redefine how the academy views science fiction and popular culture—and the research, scholarship and creative endeavors of those working across these fields. A refereed Conference Proceedings will be published in conjunction with the event.

SCIENCE FICTIONS, POPULAR CULTURES is soliciting academic paper presentations from a wide spectrum of disciplines addressing the narratives and performances of science, science fiction, and popular entertainment across media, platforms, and cultures. While we are particularly interested in creating intersections with programming in concert with HawaiiCon all suitable academic presentations will be considered. 

Accepted presenters may also be invited to participate in HawaiiCon media, cultural, or scientific panels, attendance to which is also included in the SFPC registration fee fee.

While we are particularly interested in creating intersections with programming at HawaiiCon which will highlight Star Wars universe and the Whedonverse, all suitable academic presentations will be considered. Possible topics include but are not limited to:ossible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Science in/of Science Fiction
  • STEM, STEAM, and Science Fiction
  • The Science of world-building in the genr
  • Science as Popular Culture and the popularity of science
  • Teaching of/with Science Fiction (across disciplines)
  • Translating/Adapting Science Fiction across media and cultures
  • Interdisciplinary Science Fictions
  • Cultures of Science Fictions
  • Cultures of Science Fiction fandom
  • Performing Science/Science Fiction (live and mediated)
  • Playing Science/Science Fiction (cosplay, games, gaming)

REGISTRATION FEE:  The four-day registration fee is $379 ($299 if paid online by May 15), and includes access to all HawaiiCon Celebrity and academic sessions held at the hotel conference center, including those with scientists and media guests: The entertainment industry guest line up is updated frequently.  Please pay the registration fee by selecting this link.

CONFERENCE HOTEL:  The conference hotel is is nestled on a white sandy beaches along the western the Kohala Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii, the Mauna Lani Bay HotelBook your rooms directly with us for convention exclusive rates.  Rooms start at just $169/night and include free parking and so much more.  Reserve by clicking here. 

PRESENTATION PROPOSALS:  Scholarly, academic presentation proposals are being peer-reviewed starting immediately on a rolling basis for the conference with notifications sent on the first day of each month after initial submission, with priority acceptance date of May 15, 2017. 200-300 word summary abstracts and 100 word biographical sketches are to be submitted to Carrie J. Cole ( using the online form available by clicking here.  Academic, peer-reviewed proceedings will be published at the conclusion of this conference.

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For specific questions, please email conference chair Dr. Carrie Cole from the Indiana University at Pennsylvania at