Friday, 6 February 2015

Session 0 – Introductions

1:30 – 1:45 pm


Erika Lorraine Milam and Joanna Radin

1:45 – 2:30pm

Designing Scholarship: Form & Function

Fred Gibbs

Session I: Temporality

chaired by Eileen Reeves

3:00 – 4:30 pm

Speculative Women and Girls

Michelle Murphy

Ahead of Time: Gerald Feinberg, James Blish, and the Governance of Futurity

Colin Milburn

5:00 – 6:30 pm

Seeing From Afar

Frédérique Aït-Touati

Evolutionary Futures: Apeman, Spaceman

Erika Lorraine Milam

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Session II: Enhancement

chaired by Keith Wailoo

9:00 – 10:30 am

Paranimate Science

Projit Mukharji

Many are Cold, Few are Frozen

Patrick McCray

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

SuperVision: Images of the Technological Sublime

Oliver Gaycken

The Future of Thinking: Computers & Minds in mid-Twentieth Century Imaginations

Stephanie Dick

Session III: Speculation

chaired by Janet Vertesi

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Black to the Future: Rethinking Race, Science, and Subjectivity

Ruha Benjamin

Between Science and Fiction: Fedor Il’in’s “The Valley of a New Life”

Nikolai Krementsov

4:00 – 5:30 pm

What to Say after Nuclear War: The Nuclear Novel and Language

Michael Gordin

Big Science Fiction: Michael Creighton and the Invention of the Technothriller

Joanna Radin

5:30 – 6:00 pm

Final Discussion


Together with the essays on the website, a set of primary source materials will serve as common ground for our discussion at the conference. If you would like to attend, you will need to read all of this material ahead of time. Please register for the conference with Ms. Jackie Wasneski ( and she will supply you with the readings.

Getting Around

Link to map of Princeton, with main buildings, coffee and breakfast, and parking marked:

For directions to Princeton and general travel information, please visit the website:

Please be advised that Dickinson Hall is not handicapped accessible; if you require accommodation please let us know as soon as possible.

Additional Resources Princeton Visitor’s Page has links to interactive campus maps, taxi information, and a schedule for TigerTransit—our campus-wide shuttle system.

Consider downloading the iPrinceton app on your smartphone to assist you in navigating the campus during your stay! (for Apple or Andoid)


History of Science Program
The Center for Collaborative History
The David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project