Saturday 14th August
(afternoon to early evening, times to be confirmed, BST)
Online, video conferencing
Quick open call for short presentations!
The LSFRC is excited to announce Climate Justice + SF as part of our Activism + Resistance programme. Climate and environmental changes have long been an integral part of science and speculative fiction, and the increased engagement recently reflects the growing global climate movement towards action.
With this, we ask:
- What kinds of cultural narratives and activistic strategies does SF shape in relation to climate change globally?
- How do these work to confront the colonial history of climate change and challenge the systemic powers that caused and sustain the climate crisis?
- What are the critical approaches in SF that ensure intersectional approaches are integral to the work, which joins the global struggle for climate justice in sincere solidarity?
We’re encouraging an expansive and inclusive view of what climate justice looks like in relation to SF across activism, the arts, academia and beyond. We recognise that climate change is a problem of power, one that originates from colonial extractions and continued petrocapitalist imperialism. Therefore, only intersectional approaches towards climate issues will do – such that climate justice exists together with anti-colonial social justice activism that fights for racial, disability, LGBTQIA+ and class justices.
For Climate Justice + SF, the afternoon event features two guest roundtables and we are inviting proposals for short presentations. These presentations will each last 15 minutes followed by a 10 minute discussion. We welcome any form of contribution relating to climate justice and science and speculative fiction, from work in progress projects or paper excerpts, artworks (video / audio/ online portfolios), to activistic provocations. This is an opportunity to share works for constructive feedback in an informal setting with a group of peers of different backgrounds in climate and SF work. While we are not offering fees for the presentations segment of the event, we are hosting this collective workshopping environment for our participants to develop your projects in a supportive way and meet others working in these overlapping spaces.
Please propose with:
- A short description of your presentation, naming your activity type and what you intend to share. We acknowledge that writing proposals can be time consuming, therefore we welcome proposals that are brief, provisional and/or informally written (max 200 words)
- A short bio (max 100 words) and any weblinks you would like to share
- Any times you may be unavailable on Saturday 14th August (afternoon to evening, UK time)
- We encourage contributions from around the world, please let us know if you would like to pre-record any presentations due to timezone accommodations
- Any access requirements you require
Please email us at lsfrcmail [at] gmail.com by Monday 2nd August and we’ll respond by the following Monday 9th with the selection and proposed timetable.