Stephen “Kip” Tobin

E-mail: kiptobin@ucla.edu Office: Rolfe Hall 5326

Stephen C Tobin is an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UCLA. His dissertation, “Visual Dystopias from Mexico’s Speculative Fiction: 1993-2008” looks at how scopic regimes in contemporary Mexico have inspired and influenced the science fiction imaginary. His article “Televisual Subjectivities from Pepe Rojo’s Speculative Fiction: 1996-2003” was recently published at the University of South Florida’s Alambique: Revista académica de ciencia ficción y fantasía.

He designs and teaches courses on science fiction and posthumanism at UCLA. La ciencia ficción hispanoamericana is a survey course on Science Fiction from Spanish America that begins with the very first proto-science fictional narratives produced in Mexico and Argentina during the 1870s and finishes with some of the most recent post-cyberpunk stories from Cuba and Chile in the 2000s. The course El doble tecnológico: robots, ciborgs y clones en la cultura latinoamericana aims to embark students upon a journey that interrogates how these recurring figures become key symbols that gauge of each society’s reaction to the technology of their time. A special focus is placed upon how Latin America has appropriated the global sci-fi icons of the robot, cyborg, and clone and adapted them to their local context. In addition, Stephen Tobin’s courses regularly host science fiction authors, such as Pepe Rojo (Mexico) and Yoss (Cuba), which give students unmediated access to the creator of works under discussion.

Stephen’s current research projects include analyzing gender representations in science fiction written by women in Mexico, and comparing the nonfictional discourse on posthumanism within Mexico with the fictional articulations of cyborgs and posthumans in contemporary Mexican science fiction.

Education

  • 2015: Ph.D., The Ohio State University, OH
  • 2009: M.A., Middlebury College, VT
  • 1995: B.A., Otterbein University, OH

Research

  • Latin American Science Fiction (primarily Mexico, Argentina, Cuba and Chile)
  • Late Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Mexican Narrative
  • Visual Culture Studies and Media Studies
  • Technoculture and Posthumanism/Cyborg Theory
  • Critical/Cultural Theory
  • Gender Studies
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