Stina Attebery

MA in English with Distinction, University of California, Riverside, 2014
BA in English with Departmental Distinction, St. Olaf College, 2011

Research Areas:

Science Studies, Indigenous Studies, Media Studies, Science Fiction, Ecocriticism

Research Interests:

Stina’s research focuses on the intersections of science and technology studies, Indigenous studies, ecocriticism, and digital humanities. She has a particular interest in representations of biomedicine, chemical entanglements, zombies, colonialism, digital games, bioart, and artificial life in speculative fiction. Her dissertation project, “Refusing Extinction: Biopolitics, Indigenous Sciences, and Posthuman Ecologies,” considers representations of extinction and climate change in Indigenous futurism.

Recent Activity:

Publications –
Articles

  • “Zombie Tapeworms in Late Capitalism: Accelerating Clinical and Reproductive Labor in Mira Grant’s Parasitology Trilogy,” in Medical Humanities (2016)
  • “Indigenous Posthumans: Cyberpunk Surgeries and Biotech Boarding Schools in File Under Miscellaneous and SyFy’s Helix,” in Extrapolation 57.1-2 (2016)
  • “Coshaping Digital and Biological Animals: Companion Species Encounters and Biopower in the Video Games Pikmin and Pokémon,” in Humanimalia 6.2 (2015)

Encyclopedia Entries and Commentary

  • “Social Media and Science Fiction.” SF 101: A Guide to Teaching and Studying Science Fiction. Ed. Ritch Calvin, Doug Davis, Karen Hellekson, and Craig Jacobsen. Science Fiction Research Association, 2014. e-book.

Reviews

  • “Making the Bestiary Visible,” Review of Invisible Beasts, Sharonna Muir, in Society and 
  • Animals 1.3 (2016)
  • Review of Planet of the Apes and Philosophy: Great Apes Think Alike, Ed. John Huss, Forthcoming in Science Fiction Film and Television
  • Review of Doctor Who and Race, Ed. Lindy Orthia, Science Fiction Studies 41.2 (2014)
  • Review of Sandra J. Lindow, Dancing the Tao: Le Guin and Moral Development, Science Fiction Studies 40.2 (2013)
Awards and Honors 
  • Graduate Student Fellow, Sawyer Seminar on Alternative Futurisms, 2015-2016
  • Cullenberg Essay Award, UCR Speculative Fiction and Cultures of Science Program, Spring 2015
Editorial Experience 
  • Editor, Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction, 2013-Present
    • Managing Editor, 2015-Present
  • Graduate Editorial Assistant, SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literatures, 2016-Present

Conference Presentations –

  • “Chemical Creation Stories: Rethinking Toxicity and Climate Change in Indigenous Science Fiction,” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Atlanta, GA, November 2016
  • “‘Gas Masks as Medicine’: Toxic Landbodies in Indigenous Speculative Art,” Landbody:
  • Indigeneity’s Radical Commitments, Milwaukee, WI, May 2016
  • “Ghost Stallion in the Machine: Synthetics and Survivance in Archer Pechawis’s Horse,”
  • International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL, March 2016
  • “Tapeworms as Prosthesis and Pregnancy: Clinical and Reproductive Labor in Mira Grant’s Parasite Trilogy,” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Huston, TX, November 2015
  • “Zombie Tapeworms in Late Capitalism: Apocalypse and Accelerationism in Mira Grant’s
  • Parasite Trilogy,” Science Fiction Research Association Annual Conference, Stony Brook, NY, June 2015
  • “Technological Obsolescence and Extinction: Rethinking Uplift Animals in the RPG Eclipse Phase,” After Extinction Conference, Milwaukee, WI, May 2015
  • “Indigenous Posthumans: Cyberpunk Surgeries and Biotech Boarding Schools in File Under Miscellaneous and SyFy’s Helix,” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL, March 2015
  • “Losing Data Earth: Animal Cyborgs and Environmental Catastrophe in The Lifecycle of Software Objects,” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Dallas, TX, October 2014
  • “Mad Dog Astronauts: Reimagining Animal Sacrifice in ‘Space Doggity,'” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Riverside, CA, October 2014
  • “How to be an Ethical Cannibal: Colonialism, First Contact, and Int(er/ra)species Consumption in The Sparrow and Children of God,” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL, March 2014
  • “What Can I Spend My DNA On?: Biopower, Neoliberalism, and Learning in the Children’s SF Video Game Spore,” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language, San Diego, CA, November 2013
  • “Broken Spines, Swivel-Waists, and Centaur Women: Archiving Monsters in eschergirls.tumblr and Nalo Hopkinson’s My Little Pony Girl Project,” Eaton Science Fiction Conference, Riverside, CA, April 2013
  • “Were Animals Harmed in the Making of this Game?: Animal Labor and Biopower in Pikmin and Pikmin 2,” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL, March 2013
  • “The Development of Companion Species Relationships through Interspecies Dialogue in the Science Fiction of Eleanor Arnason,” Science Fiction Research Association Annual Conference, Lublin, Poland, July 2011

Conference Panel Moderation –

  • “Science Fiction III: Political Critique in SF,” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Riverside, CA, October 2014
  • “Explorations in SF Theory I,” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL, March 2014
  • “Science Fiction and Social Media,” Eaton Science Fiction Conference, Riverside, CA, April 2013

Service –

  • STS Methods/Visiting Scholars Committee Co-chair, UC Riverside Science Studies Group, 2016-Present
  • Co-organizer, Sawyer Conference on Alternative Futurisms, UC Riverside, Fall 2015
  • Graduate Student Representative, UC Riverside Speculative Fiction and Cultures of Science Program, 2014-2016
  • Student Vice Representative, International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, 2014-2016
  • Graduate Student Coordinator, Science Fiction Mellon Foundation Workshop Grant, 2013-2014
  • Panel Chair, (dis)junctions Conference, Spring 2014
  • Coordinator, Science Fiction Reading Group, UC Riverside, 2013-2014