Close Encounters of the God Kind #RNA2018 Panel

Close Encounters of the God Kind #RNA2018 Panel September 15, 2018

Here is the video from the panel I was on at the Religion News Association conference in Columbus, Ohio, exploring the intersection of religion and science fiction:

PANEL: Close Encounters of the God Kind: Religion in Science Fiction

Religion is everywhere these days. Even Outer Space. Both sci-fi and religion deal with big ideas and imaginary worlds and portray the conflicts between good and evil on an epic scale. Mash-ups of science fiction and faith are found in hit TV shows like "The Expanse," the "Handmaid’s Tale," and the "Leftovers" — along with countless books and films. This panel explores what happens when sci-fi and religion meet. No nerd credentials required.

Posted by Religion News Association on Thursday, September 13, 2018

John Scalzi also blogged about it. It was a pleasure meeting him and David Williams (fellow panelists) and disappointing to only get to interact with panelist Farah Rishi via Skype! Kimberly Winston did a great job of moderating the panel and Q&A.

Of related interest:

It is another upcoming event here in Indianapolis that I should highlight. So many of my Butler University colleagues are presenting!

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  • John MacDonald

    The talk I would be interested in is:

    “Understanding the affective and social dimensions of fandom
    for female fans of heard rock and heavy metal music,”
    Carrie Teresa, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies,
    Niagara University

    Music is actually very important for Postmodernism, because the way notes, etc relate to the listener challenges the traditional model of writing/meaning where the sign is supposed to point to a transcendental signified. If we compare the way music impacts us, it opens new and exciting venues for how texts can impact us and how we interact with them.

    • John MacDonald

      Music is actually very important for Postmodernism, because the way notes, etc relate to the listener challenges the traditional model of writing/meaning where the sign is supposed to point to a transcendental signified. If we compare the way music impacts us, it opens new and exciting venues for how texts can impact us and how we interact with them.

      – cf. Gilles Deleuze, “Pericles and Verdi.”