Keynote Speakers

New Announcement!

We are happy to announce our keynote speakers for the 2023 MACL conference! Please join us in welcoming Dr. Grace Dillon and Nafiza Azad as our academic and creative keynote speakers, respectively.

Nafiza Azad – Creative Keynote – Friday, June 23rd

Nafiza Azad

Nafiza Azad is a self-identified island girl. She has hurricanes in her blood and dreams of a time she can exist solely on mangoes and pineapple. Born in Lautoka, Fiji, she currently resides in British Columbia, Canada, where she reads too many books, watches too many K-dramas, and writes stories about girls taking over the world. Nafiza is the coeditor of the young adult anthology Writing in Color and author of The Candle and the Flame, which was nominated for the William C. Morris Award, The Wild Ones, and Road of the Lost.

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Dr. Grace Dillon – Academic Keynote – Saturday, June 24th

Dr. Grace DillonGrace L. Dillon (Anishinaabe) is a Professor in the Indigenous Nations Studies Department at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on a range of interests including Native American and Indigenous studies, Studies in Indigenous Futurisms, science fiction, Indigenous cinema, popular culture, race and social justice, and early modern literature.   She is the editor of Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction (University of Arizona Press, 2012) and Hive of Dreams: Contemporary Science Fiction from the Pacific Northwest (Oregon State University Press, 2003).  Her work appears in diverse journals including Science Fiction Studies; Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction; Extrapolation; The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts; The Journal of Science Fiction Film and Television; The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television; and Renaissance Papers. Her co-edited volume The Routledge Companion to Co-Futurisms will be published in August 2023.

She is the Founder, Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Annual SF Writing Contest, now in its 14th year. She received the Science Fiction Research Association Clareson Award for service to the field. Her various service activities include Editorial Board, Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures (ASAIL); Editorial Consultant, Science Fiction Studies; Indigenous Studies Steering Committee, Wilfrid Laurier University Press; Editorial Advisory Board, Palgrave Studies in Global Science Fiction; Editorial Board, Palgrave Science Fiction & Fantasy: A New Canon; Editorial Board, Journal of the Posthuman; Editorial Board, The New Ray Bradbury Review; Member, International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts BIPOC Committee; Advisory Board, International Space Station Ethno-ISS.


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