Biology and Manners: The Worlds of Lois McMaster Bujold

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Name: Biology and Manners: The Worlds of Lois McMaster Bujold
Dates: 2014
Location: Cambridge, UK
Focus: Lois McMaster Bujold
Founder: Una McCormack
Founding Date: 20 August 2014
URL: Biology and Manners: The Worlds of Lois McMaster Bujold
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Biology and Manners: The Worlds of Lois McMaster Bujold was a one-day conference on the sf&f works of Lois McMaster Bujold, held on 20 August 2014 in Cambridge, UK. It was organised by Una McCormack. It's believed to be the first conference on the author.

It covered Bujold's Vorkosigan, Chalion & Sharing Knife series, as well as other sf&f works. Topics of interest included:


Keynote: ‘Sharing Knives, Sharing Genres’ (Edward James)

Session 1 – Feminist Readings (Una McCormack, chair)

  • “Long May They Rule”: Bujold’s homage to great women writers (Gill Othen)
  • In Quiet Converse: The Intertextual Speaking of Madame Vorsoisson and Miss Price (Katharine Woods)
  • The Birth of Clout: Reproductive technology, traditions, and the consumption of a woman’s pre-child self (Adrienne Martini)
  • Beyond the Princess, the Priestess, and the Galactic Kitchen Sink: Feminist readings of Bujold’s Fantasy Chalion Series (Caitlin Herington)

Session 2 – Biology (John Lennard, chair)

  • The Body, Deformity, and Divinity in Bujold’s Vorkosigan and Chalion series (David Oberhelman)
  • The Woman and the River: The Female Fantasy Protagonist in The Sharing Knife (Sylvia Kelso)
  • Absent Gods, Absent Catastrophes: The Sharing Knife and The Lord of the Rings (John Lennard) (online version)

Session 3 – Genre (Katharine Woods, chair)

  • Towards a Typology of (Invented) Language in Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga (Katherine Miller)
  • Sherlock in Space: The Use of the Detective Story Form in Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosiverse Series (Greer Watson)
  • The Shape of a Hero’s Soul: Exploring the Paradox of Fate and Free Will in The Curse of Chalion (Chuckie Patel)

Session 4 – Religion (David Oberhelman, chair)

  • Sainthood as/and Gender in Lois McMaster Bujold’s Paladin of Souls (Regina Yung Lee)
  • The Holy Family: Divine Queerness in Bujold’s Chalion Series (Robin Anne Reid)
  • And the Bastard balances all: the wildcard in a happy family, or why we all need a black sheep (Meg MacDonald)

Round Table Discussion (Una McCormack, chair)

Post-Conference Discussion