ClassReading the (Whole) Room: Race and Queerness in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Do you imagine that missions only boldly go to futures populated by cis, straight, white men? Come burn the midnight oil with us for a four-week exploration of short science-fiction/fantasy works by BIPOC, transgender, nonbinary, and queer writers, such as Nebula Award nominee Phenderson Djèlí Clark, Nnedi Okorafor, W. E. B. Du Bois, Yoon Ha Lee, and others. We will also read and discuss nonfiction articles that confront the colonial assumptions of space exploration. Come ready to explore new and inclusive visions of the future.
This class is open to all readers, all materials will be provided, though please read Abaki Beck's article for BitchMedia "An Old New World: When One People’s Sci-Fi Is Another People’s Past" before the first class, so that we can immediately launch into a discussion about science fiction's colonial history and where the future, if you will, goes from here. There is no class November 26.
Instructions for Accessing This Online Class
In order to access live class meetings, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.
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