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Imagining Differing Fictions and Other Bodied Beings

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This class is to think about the ways bodies of feminist and post-colonial science fiction contribute to imagining futures. How do fictional embodiments and relations serve as a space to model, combat, critique and inspire relevant action in the present moment? In particular, this class draws from authors who have occupied peripheral perspectives from mainstream science fiction and outside traditional networks of power. Based on conversational direction, theoretical texts will be chosen to complement subjects in the novels.

Conversational approaches will include speech as well as movement, material and visual dialogue. The class will look at strategies and ideas that arise from these conversations alongside new feminist materialist philosophies, which also seize the nature/culture binary as an important site for the dismantling of patriarchy.

For our first meeting, we will read The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin (esp. chapters 1 and 2). We will focus on the sensuality of materials and landscape in The Dispossessed and how they contribute to structures of kinship and economy in the political worlds she describes. For our second meeting, we will read Dawn by Octavia Butler (chapters tba). The direction of discussion will be on the political implications of radically reorienting impulses and desires, as well as feminist perspectives on evolutionary biology.

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  • Caitlin Berrigan and Alex Martinis Roe
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Looks fun. Wish I could have been there! (It's over right? I just woke up).
I'm in the middle of 3 books right now but I think I'm going to read along
with this list when they're done.


New class scheduled! For Saturday January 11th:

For our second meeting, we will read Dawn by Octavia Butler (focus on chapter 1-5, especially chapter 5):

(MOBI eBook)

The conversation will revolve around Dawn as it relates to Grosz's readings of Irigaray and Darwin, as a proposition for evolutionary change into unforseen differentiation. From her book Becoming Undone we will read:

Elizabeth Grosz, Becoming Undone
Chapter 9: Sexual Difference as Sexual Selection: Irigarayan Reflections on Darwin

focussing on the following sections of the chapter:
pp. 143 - 151; pp. 157 - 168


thanks in advance for keeping me updated on further meetings, bettina

thanks in advance for keeping me updated on further meetings, bettina

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thanks again everyone for the first meeting! for those who couldn't join, below you find a link to download the files with selected passages of The Dispossessed related to the topcis we discussed: furniture and objects, landscape, politics and labor

Hello everyone,
We look forward to the first meeting tomorrow Friday the 13th! Please come at 4pm to Archive Kabinett, Dieffenbachstraße 31, Berlin
Meetings are listed here:
The readings are:
Ursula Le Guin, The Dispossessed (esp. chapter 1-2) 
Karen Barad, Nature’s Queer Performativity (esp pp. 121-130 and pp. 146-150). Please note the correct link to this text is:
See you soon!
Caitlin & Alex

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