Imaginative Ecologies

2 Nov 2016
11:30 am - 5:00 pm

San Fransisco State University

Event Type
Non-CSTMS Event

Imaginative Ecologies: A Workshop in Speculative Fiction and Ecopoetics

Keynote Speaker: Kristina Lyons, Assistant Professor, Feminist Studies, UC Santa Cruz

In the face of an ongoing environmental crisis, how can speculative fiction, poetry, imaginative ethnography, and other kids of creative writing help us respond to ecological damage and collectively build more livable worlds? For this workshop, we invite feminist, queer, antiracist, and decolonial STS scholars working on the politics of environment to explore the potential of writing fiction and poetry together as a creative response to climate change, extinction, extreme energy, nuclear radiation, air pollution, and other urgent environmental concerns.

Interested scholars should send an email to Martha Kenney to reserve your spot before October 3, 2016. Please use the subject line: Imaginative Ecologies. All participants will then be asked to submit a short piece of speculative fiction, poetry, or other creative work (less than 900 words) by October 15th, which will be circulated and read by workshop participants before we convene. Individual and collaborative pieces are welcome. We are looking for messy and promising provocations, not polished manuscripts.

The workshop will be held on November 2, 2016 from 11:30 to 5pm at San Fransisco State University. There will be an optional dinner and gathering in San Fransisco in the evening. We will provide lunch for workshop participants, as well as parking, and will be in touch with details. Everyone who submits will be accepted!

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