This year’s LSFRC theme for our monthly reading group and annual conference is Activism & Resistance. For more information about the theme and our events, visit the Activism & Resistance and Reading Group website sections.
The long-standing issue of Sinophobia and anti-Asian hate in the West, borne out of colonialism and later amplified in what seems to be a new Cold War, was significantly worsened in the wake of the global health crisis of Covid-19. This has brought all of us to a very dangerous point in contemporary history. We are currently witnessing a surge in hate crimes against not only Chinese people, but also East and Southeast Asians both here in the UK and globally (e.g. Atlanta Shooting, Chinese lecturer under racist attack in Southampton, Asians in the UK reflect on a year of hatred, etc.).
We are angered and frightened by the inaction of the British state over the attacks on East and Southeast Asian people; we are equally outraged that discrimination against East and Southeast Asian communities has always been under reported by the mainstream media; and we are disheartened that the general public remains unaware of or even indifferent about the racist attacks experienced by Asians both within and beyond UK.
We unequivocally condemn all racist incidents around the globe. We condemn anyone who utters or justifies racist abuse. We cannot allow such historical and systemic racism to continue unchallenged, which is and has been motivated and rationalised by white supremacy.
We strongly support calls for the UK government to act immediately and decisively, to re-examine the continuing anti-Asian history in this country, and to provide efficient support for victims of Covid-19-motivated racism, as well as for anti-racist community organisations across the UK.
Resources / Links
Sign the petitions
- Southeast and East Asian Centre – SEEAC
- Southeast and East Asian Centre (SEEAC) is a welcoming home to the migrants, refugees and anyone of Southeast and East Asian heritage in the UK
- NüVoices Resources to help fight anti-East and Southeast Asian racism https://nuvoices.com/2021/03/19/resources-to-fight-anti-east-and-southeast-asian-racism/
- Remember & Resist
Project seeking to expand abolitionist practice and thinking in E/SE Asian diaspora in UK from @daikonzine & #RemembertheEssex39
Resources against hate crime without policing
- UKFCP (The U.K. Federation for Chinese Professionals)
- End the Virus of Racism
- besea.n (Britain’s East and Southeast Asian Network)
- ESA Scotland
- Asian Leadership Collection CIC
- Guide: Sinophobia and Anti-Asian Hate – Choon Young Ta (6min read) https://www.anewseducation.com/post/guide-sinophobia
- “The government also released a poster about the rules on face coverings featuring the image of an East Asian woman. Research showed that 33% of images used to report COVID-19 in the British media have used been images of Asian or East people. The ethnic Chinese population in the U.K. stands at 0.7% and less for other East Asian minorities, but this is not a case of better representation, instead it just emphasises negative stereotypes and preconceptions.”
The schedule for our third Work in Progress event has now been finalised. In addition to an exciting array of presentations across disciplines and media, we are honoured to have Dr Chenshu Zhou from University of Pennsylvania and Dr Jinyi Chu from Yale University. They will be participating in an open dialogue regarding their presentations “Lockdown, Drones, and Collective Action in the City of Wuhan: Sensations of a Viral Video” and “How did a Chinese Ghost Become a Surgeon in St. Petersburg?”
The event will be held on 10th April from 11:00am – 5:20pm. We’ll be using Zoom as our platform, and the event is free and open to all. The link to the Zoom meeting room is now ready, you can sign up for our email newsletter to obtain zoom link/password. We will also share this info in our Facebook group.
*Please note that all times listed are British Summer Time (BST). If you will be participating from a different time zone, you may use this time-converter to see the correspondent time for you (https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com).
11:00-11:30: Guangzhao Lyu: “Fall of the Last Utopia: Critical Utopias in Hao Jingfang’s Vagabonds as the Representation of China’s Post-socialist Transition”
11:30-12:00: Ruiying Zhang: “’Mind Transformation’ in Late Qing Science Fiction”
12:00-13:00: Lunch break
13:00-14:00: Guest talk
- Dr Chenshu Zhou: “Lockdown, Drones, and Collective Action in the City of Wuhan: Sensations of a Viral Video”
- Dr Jinyi Chu: “How did a Chinese Ghost Become a Surgeon in St. Petersburg?”
14:00-14:30: Ibtisam Ahmed: Short story – “Shame”
14:30-15:00: Xiaoli Yang: “Morphological Fantasies: Posthuman (Dis)embodiment in Tian Xiaolei’s Artwork”
15:10-15:40: Lu Gan: “Kim Stanley Robinson and China”
15:40-16:10pm: Cristina Diamant: “Made for You: (Ir)Responsible-ability in Human-Posthuman Relationships in Novels by Kazuo Ishiguro and Jeanette Winterson”
16:20-16:50: Diana Andreea Novaceanu: “Medical Utopias? Clinical Embodiments of an Uncertain Future”
16:50-17:20: Maxine Gee: “Adaptation of Arthur Machen’s Great God Pan”
We can now announce that our next Work In Progress session will be completely virtual and will be held on 10th April 2021 from around 1-5pm – times may vary slightly as we put together the schedule.
We are honoured that this WiP will involve special guests Dr Chenshu Zhou from University of Pennsylvania and Dr Jinyi Chu from Yale University. Dr Zhou and Dr Chu will be participating in an open dialogue regarding their academic career experiences as well as their presentations “Lockdown, Drones, and Collective Action in the City of Wuhan: Sensations of a Viral Video” and “How did a Chinese Ghost Become a Surgeon in St. Petersburg?” They will also participate as part of the peer group for the wider event.
The aim of these sessions is to provide a space where people can share their work, and seek feedback from the community, without the pressure of a particular format, theme or set of expectations (in contrast, say, to a formal conference). Contributions can include presentations of academic work and research, or creative projects outside of academia. We’re also happy to host any kind of workshop or activity you’d like to trial, or a game you want to playtest, or some creative material you want feedback on.
This is an open event without a fixed structure or format, but if you are planning on giving a spoken or conference style presentation please keep these to ten minutes to leave plenty of time for questions, discussion and feedback. If you could also bring talking points or questions you’d like to discuss that would be very helpful! International participants are very welcome but should note that we will be running on UK time.
If you would like to present something at Work in Progress #4, email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) a brief overview (we do not require formal proposals) of what you’d like to do by the end of the day 31st March, accompanied by a title if you have one. Exact time slots will vary depending on how many contributors we have, but we hope to offer each contributor between 30 minutes in total (10 mins for presentation etc and 20 mins for question and discussion).
Deadline for submissions is March 31st.
In love and solidarity,
The LSFRC team
The March installment of this year’s reading group will be on Samuel R. Delany’s Tales of Nevèrÿon (1978). The session will take place online on jitsi.meet between 7 and 8.30 pm UK time, and is open to all. If you are interested in taking part, you can keep up with details of the event in our Facebook group, Twitter profile or Instagram profile. We also have a mailing list, details for which will be added to our About page soon (you can also find our email details there if you want to get in touch off-social media).
In our December reading group session from last year, we explored Kathy Acker’s Empire of the Senseless. Below are bibliographies from the discussions:
- Parable of the Sower, Novel by Octavia E. Butler (Four Walls Eight Windows, 1993)
- The Ticket That Exploded, Novel by William S. Burroughs (Olympia Press, 1962)
- Outlaws of the Atlantic: Sailors, Pirates, and Motley Crews in the Age of Sail, Book by Marcus Rediker (Beacon Press, 2014)
- Heart of Darkness, Novella by Joseph Conrad (Blackwood’s Magazine, 1899 serial; 1902 book)
- Cities of the Red Night, Novel by William S. Burroughs (The Red Night trilogy, Holt, Rinehart & Winston (US) John Calder (UK), 1981)
- The Fortunate Fall, Novel by Raphael Carter (Tor Books, 1996)
- Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP’s Fight Against AIDS, Book by Deborah B. Gould (The University of Chicago Press, 2009)
- Neuromancer, Novel by William Gibson (originally published in 1984)
- Burst City, Released in 1982, Directed by Sogo Ishii.
- The Widow Ching—Pirate, short story by Jorge Luis Borges (Penguin Modern Classics, 2011)
- Haitian Vodou
- A Conversation with Kathy Acker By Ellen G. Friedman
- Interview with Steven Shaviro
This is also a central tenet of the freedoms of thought, speech and expression – all goals that the right-wing ideology of the Government claims to protect. To be very clear, we must unequivocally state that anti-capitalism and critical race theory are not nebulous self-destructive “ideologies,” but very real, legitimate, and urgent forms of intellectual methodology.
We at the London Science Fiction Research Community (LSFRC) wish to thoroughly reject the UK Government’s recent stance on teaching anti-capitalism and critical race theory in schools, and stand in solidarity with the communities who are being demonised in this process. A significant aspect of a well-rounded education is learning how to critique global systems, especially those that are systemically unjust.
Capitalism is not an infallible higher power, but a structure that has and willingly continues to entrench inequality to safeguard ever-increasing profit margins. Education is not protected against its ill effects. Capitalism has either created or exacerbated problems ranging from poverty, homelessness, and child hunger to the global climate crisis, gendered and racialised wealth gaps, and the impact of the ongoing pandemic. It is, therefore, not only valid but absolutely necessary to call out its failings and demand better. Any attempts to keep education “apolitical” are but concealed attempts to naturalise and render invisible the current hegemony, as well as the suffering it justifies inflicting on schoolchildren. After years of admonishing educators and academics for supposedly being uninvolved in “real life,” it is particularly disingenuous to now prohibit them from commenting on current affairs and from addressing how they shape their students’ experience and, consequently, their worldview. Education cannot be forced to bend to capitalism and be treated like any other business: it must enable youth to critically examine the past and the present to envision a better future.
Critical race theory is not an attempt to attach unnecessary guilt to an entire demographic, but a reflection of the very real structural issue that is racial inequity. White privilege is a fact and structural racism does exist, both inside and outside academia. To acknowledge both is not to suggest any sense of superiority for a community, but to recognise that, historically, there have been grave injustices done to the BAME community that continue to have an impact today and must, therefore, be rectified. It is also worth noting that social progress is non-linear; there always lies the danger of a reactionary backlash setting back the clock for marginalised people.
Both of these concerns are, fundamentally, about justice and the goal is to create a truly just society. Groups like Black Lives Matter strive towards that very goal, so it is particularly shameful that they are being actively targeted and falsely vilified as part of the Government’s current campaign. It is worrying if anyone thinks that equality is a destructive idea. The Government’s decision may not overtly impact the HE sector which we are a part of, but that does not mean we – or any other university-level institution – should be complacent. We owe a level of care and responsibility to schoolchildren, not least because many of them will eventually enter the HE system. Contrary to fearmongering, groups like the LSFRC do not have any hidden, nefarious leftist agenda. Rather, our focus is and will always be to celebrate academic rigour and innovation in service of society, not profit – and one of the best ways to do so is to champion and consciously uplift marginalised voices who can provide us all with valuable contributions. Critiques of capitalism and structural racism are vital to this cause.
We have already seen how damaging it is to sanction critical thinking that threatens the dominant ideology, both in and out of the UK. Schools are a space that are meant to nurture learning and compassion, and the Government is ensuring that this will no longer happen. When Section 28 was introduced, it condemned an entire generation of LGBTQ+ individuals to silence, stifling their personal, professional, and academic security. It is no exaggeration to suggest that the continued existence of homophobia and transphobia in the country can be attributed largely to that very toxic policy. Similarly, the entrenchment of prejudice against minority communities in countries like India, Bangladesh, Poland, Hungary, and Brazil, to name just a few, are all inextricably linked to the treatment of children in educational institutions and the inability to critique such discrimination. Moreover, we have to recognise that there is nothing accidental about these joint prohibitions. Critiques of capitalism, structural racism, and gender-based injustice are all much maligned by the far right and seen as an imminent danger to their declared conservative project. British mainstream media, while declaring itself unbiased, has deliberately silenced precisely those attacked by reactionaries.
We must also point out how these policies are likely to disproportionately impact scholars who come from working class, BAME, international, and LGBTQ+ backgrounds – those who are likelier to be in precarious employment (and immigratation status), thus making it harder for them to openly criticise the decision. The Government is aware of this and even callously weaponised tokenism, highlighting BAME voices within the Conservative Party to further their agenda.
To be clear, minority communities are not monolithic, but solidarity must be extended to those who are most at risk. Their silence should not be seen as an endorsement of the direction British education is heading in. Many of us in the LSFRC team fall into these demographics, so this is very much a statement coming from the perspective of those being directly impacted.
We wish to end with a commitment to standing with the oppressed and with articulating clearly how this oppression is perpetuated. This not only means creating a safe and secure space within our own remit, but vocally condemning any attempt that undermines fair treatment of marginalised people – something the UK Government’s education policy would only further contribute to.
Here is the full list of texts that we will be reading this year! As always, reading group sessions are usually held on the first Monday of the month (unless otherwise specified). Further information can usually be found either in our Facebook group or on our Twitter profile.
October: “Further Considerations on Afrofuturism” (Kwodwo Eshun) & The Last Angel of History (dir. John Akomfrah)
November: “Sultana’s Dream” (Begum Rokeya Hossain) & The Distance From Here (Bani Abidi)
December: Empire of the Senseless, by Kathy Acker
January: Brother from Another Planet, directed by John Sayles [11th January]
February: Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
March: Tales of Neveryon, by Samuel R. Delany
April: Selected episodes from Deep Space Nine and Blake’s 7
May: Short Story month, drawing from New Suns, Disabled People Destroy SF and How long ’til Black Future Month
June: Wild Seed, by Octavia Butler
July: 80 Days, developed by Inkle Studios
August: Emergent Strategy, by Adrienne Maree Brown
We may add in a few short companion pieces to accompany these texts as the year goes on. Also, the final session on Emergent Strategy will function as a kind of open session where you’re welcome to bring and discuss any other texts that you feel related to this years theme of Activism and Resistance. Please note, that it’s likely that the LSFRC reading group will continue to be online only for the foreseeable future!
We will post guidance for months where texts might be harder to find or obtain cheaply. If you have any difficulties finding any of the texts, let us know and we’ll try our best to help you out!
The schedule for our third Work in Progress event has now been finalised. In addition to an exciting array of presentations across disciplines and media, we are proud to be hosting an interview with Dr. Alison Sperling, who will be talking to us about her experiences and insights from working across different fields and continents.
If you are interested in joining us for the event, we will be sharing a link to our Blackboard Collaborate room closer to the time. Follow this link to join. We recommend using Firefox or Chrome as your browser. Attendance is free and open to all.
Schedule (N.B. all times are UK time):
12.50 – 13.00
Presentation Block 1
13.00 – 13.30, Smin Smith
13.30 – 14.00, Rachel Hill
14.00 – 14.30, Josephine Taylor
14.30 – 14.45
Interview and Q&A with Dr. Alison Sperling
14.45 – 15.45
15.45 – 16.00
Presentation Block 2
16.00 – 16.30, Cristina Diamant
16.30 – 17.00, Carin Jaeger
17.00 – 17.30, Avery Delany
Recreational Film Screening
18.00 – 20.00, Natural City, on twoseven.xyz
Below are partial bibliographies from the discussions in our first two reading group sessions of the academic year. Unfortunately, the records from the first session were lost, hence the delay in posting a bibliography for the session as we have had to reconstruct what we can. Please note that in the case of the November session there is also a report available.
October Session: “Further Considerations on Afrofuturism” (Kwodwo Eshun) & The Last Angel of History (dir. John Akomfrah)
Thoughts on the planetary: An interview with Achille Mbembe (newframe.com)
The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics, Louis Chude-Sokei
Spaces of Longing and Belonging: Territoriality, Ideology and Creative Identity in Literature and Film, ed. Brigitte le Juez & Bill Richardson (Spatial Practices, Volume 30).
Infinity Minus Infinity, The Otolith Group
FiyahCon: for BIPOC+ in Speculative Fiction
“Unsettling the Coloniality of Being/Power/Truth/Freedom: Towards the Human, After Man, Its Overrepresentation—An Argument,” Sylvia Wynter
Paradoxa vol. 27, “The Futures Industry” (ed. Sherryl Vint)
“Speculative Finance/Speculative Fiction,” CR: The New Centennial Review (Vol. 19, No. 1, Spring 2019), edited by David M. Higgins & Hugh C. O’Connell
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, directed by Adam Curtis. Readily locatable on Vimeo and/or Dailymotion.
New Amazonia, Elizabeth Burgoyne Corbett. Originally published 1889. Aqueduct Press Revised edition, 2014.
Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Originally published 1915. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017.
Varieties of Environmentalism: Essays North and South, edited by Ramachandra Guha & Joan Martínez Alier (Routledge, 1997).
Ambient 1: Music for Airports, Brian Eno (1978).
Airport Music For Black Folk, Chino Amobi (2016).
The “Beyond Borders: Empires, Bodies, Science Fictions” conference brought together over two hundred delegates (including over sixty speakers) from a wide swathe of continents and timezones. While we were not able to record all of the conference, this post will serve as a repository for documents and files connected to the conference: keynote lectures, prerecorded presentations, roundtable chat logs/bibliographies, and much more. It will take us some time to gather all the conference materials available to us, so do check in on this post every week or two.
All material hosted here is hosted with the consent of its authors, and all rights belong to the authors in questions. If you wish to have your information/content removed from the site, please get in touch.
Conference Reports & Responses
Beyond Borders: Virtual Realities and the Future of Conferencing, blog post by Dr. Megen de Bruin-Molé.
Conference Report (Fafnir) by Filip Boratyn
Workshop: Erin A. Adams & Bretton Varga
In The Image Of (Posthu)Man: Exploring The Relationship Between Droids, Humans, And In/Justice. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1eK6dnAqzhtP3QsHy1mTF64_28ccmbFtWILN5WJs6g5Y/edit#slide=id.g940531af4c_2_59
Panel 1A: Collective Struggle, Collective Joy (chair: Katie Stone)
- Carolyn Lau – Generative Powers of the Limited Present
- Joel White – Imagining Abolition
Panel 1B: Dissected, Augmented, Perfected: The Dystopian Body (chair: Rachel Hill)
- Rimi Nandy – Re-wiring the self and memory in the Post Human being
- Ewa Drab – Limitations of the bodies in a dystopian society: The example of The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
- Agnibha Banerjee – “We’re modelled from trash”: Corporeal and Corporate Borders in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. phone number: +918017651276; email: email@example.com.
Panel 1C – Chinese SF 1: Pass the Point of No Return (chair: Guangzhao Lyu)
- Yen Ooi – Language and the borders of identity in ‘The Language Sheath’ by Regina Kanyu Wang
- Angela Chan – Climate Change and Contemporary Chinese Science and Speculative Fiction: Invisible, Extractive and Uneven Boundaries. https://soundcloud.com/angelaytc/chinese-climate-sf-angelaytchan; angelaytchan.com and @angelaytchan for latest projects and activities.
- Jan Marvin A. Goh – The Gothic-Speculative Condition of Chinese-Filipino Diaspora: Rethinking the Authorial Negotiations and Representations of Charlson Ong in his Of that Other Country We Now Speak and other Stories
Panel Block 2
Panel 2A: Dystopia, Apocalypse and the Border (chair: Amy Butt)
- Seyedhamed Moosavi – Different Types of Borders in the films Grain and Blade Runner 2049. https://youtu.be/_bikMKiRTcM; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Glyn Morgan – “The Sight of the Beautiful Wall”: Pandemic, Gentrification and Traumatic Apocalypses in Colson Whitehead’s Zone One
- Hasnul Insani Djohar – Beyond Borders: Empires, Bodies, and Cyber in G Willow Wilson’s Alif The Unseen
Panel 2B: Paranoia, Scepticism and the Limits of the SF Novel (chair: Francis Gene-Rowe)
- Marek Maj – Stanisław Lem and the Literature of Failure
- Krushna Dande – Secured, Contained, Protected: Consensus Reality in the SCP Foundation. Email: email@example.com; art, music, poetry, etc. may be found at https://www.instagram.com/littledeathsink; forthcoming chapter titled Gou Tanabe’s Lovecraft and the Time of the Inhuman, in Japanese Horror: New Critical Approaches to History, Narrative, and Aesthetics; forthcoming chapter titled Terror and Wartime Cosmology in Liu Cixin, in Horror Fiction in the Global South.
Panel 2C: SF Beyond 1: Performing Science Fictionality; Transgressing Borders (chair: Sinéad Murphy)
- Nat Muller – Bordering the Frame: Superheroes, Art, and the Rethinking of Borders in Oreet Ashery and Larissa Sansour’s The Novel of Nonel and Vovel. https://www.dropbox.com/s/n4nv4uotm0gyjco/borderingheroics_natmuller.pptx?dl=0; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Faisal Adel Hamadah – Theatre Against the Border; Virtual Presence and Political Absence
Panel Block 3
Panel 3A: SF and Desire: Wanting Better Worlds (chair: Sasha Myerson)
- Smin Smith – Beyond the Binary: Queer Feminist Science Fiction Art. https://youtu.be/Mrutr6VNvMM; email@example.com / www.sminsmith.co.uk / @sminsmith
- Jonathan Thurston – Queerness and HIV in Science Fiction. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHMx6ByBkbc; firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com; Twitter @JThurstonMSU; my upcoming book Animals & Race will be published by MSU Press in 2021.
- Chiara Pellegrini – Trans-inhabiting Aliens: Gender-variant Embodiment and Science Fiction’s Reshaping of Borders
Panel 3B: Against Extrapolation: Reimagining SF (chair: Sakshi Tyagi)
- Filip Boratyn – Race and Enchantment in N. K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth Trilogy: Magic, Modernity, Geology
- Andrew Ferguson – Decolonizing the Novum
- Alessandra Marino – SF as critical thinking: Donna Haraway and Ursula Le Guin’s fabulations on living with the trouble
Panel 3C: Chinese SF 2: Upon the Wasteland (chair: Guangzhao Lyu)
- Fan Ni – Solastalgia on the Silicon Isle (Guiyu): Visiting the “Heart of Darkness” of the Technology Empire in Chen Qiufan’s Waste Tide (2013)
- Xiaoli Yang – Living with/within Waste: Toxic Space and Abject Bodies in Chen Qiufan’s Waste Tide
- Ling Liu – Disposable life in “The Wandering Earth”
Panel Block 4
Panel 4A: Nonhuman Bodies and Taxonomic Fantasies (chair: Rimi Nandy)
- Lee Christien – Bodies and Borders in the Colonial Archives
- Prema Arasu and Drew Thornton – “Sleeping with the Fishmen: Oceanic-Chthonic Hybrid Couplings in Fantasy and Myth”
Panel 4B: Pliable Futures (chair: Tom Dillon)
- Giulia Iannuzzi- A new and unexampled way of writing the history of future empires: Samuel Madden’s Eighteenth-century Twentieth century
- Sakshi Tyagi – Beyond Otjize and Medusae: Identity and Borders in Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti. https://youtu.be/YMwYc3AplqY
- Mary Regine Dadole – Familiar Aliens: An Analysis of the Postcolonial Condition and the Politics of Science Fiction in Isaac Asimov’s “The Martian Way”
Panel 4C: SF Beyond 2: Fortress Cities and Flight: Walls, Barriers, Migration (chair: Tasnim Qutait)
- Gabriela Lee – Dreaming Domesticity: The Migrant Workforce in Philippine SF. https://youtu.be/0BKLZEGa0H0; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; institutional affiliation: Department of English and Comparative Literature, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines – Diliman; I’m currently putting together a writing sourcebook on Philippine speculative fiction tentatively titled Mapping New Stars: A Sourcebook on Philippine Speculative Fiction, with co-editor Anna Felicia Sanchez; we are planning on completing the manuscript by mid-2021. I’m also guest-editing a special issue of the Southeast Asian Review of English (SARE) titled Worldbuilding and the Asian Imagination and we’re currently accepting abstracts until 15 November 2020. The call for papers can be found here: https://sare.um.edu.my/announcement/view/169. Finally, my second book of sf stories, titled A Playlist for the End of the World: Stories will be coming out at the end of 2020/early 2021, to be published by the University of the Philippines Press.
- Farah Al Yaqout – Borders, Edges, and Walls: The Urban is Dystopian in Ahmed Khaled Towfiq’s Utopia
- Aishwarya Subramanian – The Walls of Delhi: Borders, Boundaries and Barricades
Panel Block 5
Panel 5A: Make the Border Strange (chair: Avery Delany)
- Georgia Perkins – Speculative F(r)ictions and Slimy Indeterminacy. Twitter: @_GeorgiaPerkins; georgiaperkins.co.uk. Current and upcoming projects: ‘Dizzying Swamp Protocols and Con-fusing Indeterminacy’Paper for Indeterminate Futures/The Future of Indeterminacy at University of Dundee(November 2020); ‘The Body in Algorithms’ Book Project with Zero Corners (Ongoing).
- Amy Butt – “Equally like a beginning and an end”: Edge-lands and threshold conditions.
- https://static1.squarespace.com/static/58c1c48129687f4f8456c96e/t/5f5cfad8381d4c58cea6f4af/1599929049075/Butt,+A.+(2020)+Equally+like+a+beginning+and+an+end+-+Edge-lands+and+threshold+conditions+.pdf; email@example.com; https://www.amyvictoriabutt.com.
- Nivi Manchanda and Sharri Plonski – Stranger than (Science)Fiction: A Conversation between the Border and the Corridor
Panel 5B: Walls, Maps, Deserts: Unreal Geographies (chair: Eliza Rose)
- Gwilym Eades – Representation without Reproduction: Beyond the Borders of the Science Fiction Map. https://youtu.be/dMhlGZHHZhk
- Emily Hall – Surveillance, Borders, and (Re)Imagining the Nation in Chang-Rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea
- Adam Stock – Deserting futures and states of uncertainty: re-thinking desert dystopian settings
Panel 5C: SF Beyond 3: Border-Crossing Bodies; Embodied Borders (chair: Sinéad Murphy)
- Sümeyra Buran – Beyond Borders of the Gender Binary: Towards Genderqueer Mirror Universe
- Ibtisam Ahmed – Crossing Thresholds: Exploring Bangladeshi Social Borders in Djinn City
- Serena Ceniccola – Reimagining the Hybrid: Transnational Rewritings of the Kitsune in Ishida Sui’s Tokyo Ghoul and Julie Kagawa’s Shadow of the Fox. https://youtu.be/NSB6O3r7pb0
- Shoumik Bhattacharya – Life and the Possibilities of Humanity in Animal’s People
Panel Block 6
Panel 6A: Science Fiction: Capitalist Tool, Revolutionary Weapon (chair: Francis Gene-Rowe)
- Brittany R. Roberts – Advertising for the Void: Consumer Capitalism and the Collapse of the Real in Viktor Pelevin’s Homo Zapiens
- Pablo Gómez-Muñoz – Reshaping Geographies, Transforming Bodies: The Operation of Cheaponomics in Contemporary SF Cinema
Panel 6B: Sensing New Worlds (chair: Ibtisam Ahmed)
- Virginia Conn – Blinded by the Light: Atomic Visuality and the Boundaries of Perception. https://vimeo.com/456704399; Virginia.L.Conn@gmail.com; Twitter: @VirginiaLConn.
- Joe P. L. Davidson – The space between the beats: dub and the ruins of the Caribbean
- Eliza Rose – Perdide Retrieved: Two Tales of Acousmatic Time Travel. https://www.elizarose.info/perdide-retrieved; Twitter: @leaky_rose; Personal website: elizarose.info; Academic website: https://gsll.unc.edu/current-faculty/eliza-rose/
Panel 6C: The Politics of Expansion (chair: Rachel Hill)
- Ricardo Jasso Huezo – Empire’s Barrier of Silence: H G Wells’ Silent Martian Invasion and the Unknown Reasons for Imperialism. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , (+52 1) 55 2899 9856
- Iuliia Ibragimova – Resisting the Empire: AI’s Ethical Rebellion in Ann Leckie’s The Imperial Radch Series. Presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rhvUk1muInEQZReqbKnppgnsyN3QKMEy/view?usp=sharing; Text: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1s2KfOcEZwVsWo7raWwSxAhA3GwTPIncX/view?usp=sharing
- Thomas Cheney – Green Mars: Ecological Imperialism in Science Fiction and Implications for Space Governance. https://youtu.be/SHZ8c6x9nTg; Email: email@example.com; Twitter: @thomcheney