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Deadline: June 1, 2018


An area of multiple panels for the 2018 Film & History Conference: Citizenship and Sociopathy in Film, Television, and New Media November 7-11, 2018

Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club, Madison, WI (USA) Full details at:


“He who can destroy a thing, controls it” Paul Muad’Dib intones as he wrests control from the Padishah Emperor in Dune. Takeshi Kovacs, in Altered Carbon, finds himself revived to work for the very powerful and corrupt monsters he sought to destroy. The Last Jedi presents a Galaxy far, far way where both the Sith Lords and the Jedi order must be ended in order to restore balance to the realm. Blade Runner 2049 presents a world which has been ravaged by overpopulation, and where only a servile sub species of cloned androids can save us. In all these examples, the themes of Citizenship and Sociopathy are explored from the Dystopic view, that to save their realities, the protagonists must destroy it. The question is thus framed as what is more desirable in the genre of Science Fiction, the citizen or the sociopath? Is it possible the ideal citizen is a sociopath?

Topics for exploration of Citizenship and Sociopathy would include:

• Fighting against the future 1 percent, who are all immortals.

• Preserving one’s culture against the encroachment of modernity, such as in Kirinyaga.

• The commerce in selling human body parts, even extending one’s life.

• The value of torture in a virtual or physical world.

• The reframing of reality.

• Cyberpunk and the destructive and/or creative nature of the virtual world.

• The destructive nature of surveillance states, both future and near future.

• Androids and their destabilizing influence on society.

• Clones as the new slave class of the future.

This area welcomes proposals for 20-minute papers that focus on a diverse range of depictions and interpretations of both Citizenship and Sociopathology in Science Fiction Film, Television and New Media. Topics considering these positions from a Utopic, Dystopic, or other meditation are most welcome. Proposals for complete panels of three related presentations are also welcome, but should include an abstract and contact information, including email, for each presenter.

Please e-mail your 200-word proposal to the area chair:

Benjamin Franz, Medgar Evers College, CUNY