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Radical Engagements: Speculative Fictions and Social Justice

Monday, March 20 at 10:00am to 4:15pm

Foster Auditorium

CALS will host “Radical Engagements: Speculative Fictions and Social Justice,” the 6th Annual CALS Spring Symposium, in Foster Auditorium, Pattee-Paterno Library. Five leading scholars of speculative fiction join the Penn State community to explore ways in which speculative fictions make possible and reveal the limitations of how to imagine socially-just realities. Cognizant of the multi-generic origins of the speculative—including fantasy, horror, folklore, myth, science fiction, and the weird—the symposium’s two roundtables will highlight the relationships between speculation, futurity, and the ethico-political imagination. Featured invited presenters include: Brian Attebery (Idaho State University; Editor, Journal of the Fantastic in Arts and author of Stories About Stories: Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth); Neil Clarke (Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning Editor of Clarkesworld, Forever Magazine, and The Best Science Fiction of the Year); Sarah Juliet Lauro (University of Tampa; author of The Transatlantic Zombie: Slavery, Rebellion, and Living Death); Betsy Huang (Clarke University; author of Contesting Genres in Contemporary Asian American Fiction); and Alexis Lothian (University of MD-College Park; author of the forthcoming Old Futures: The Queer Cultural Politics of Speculative Fiction). What an amazing line-up! Organized by Tina Chen and a graduate student committee (thank you!), the spring symposium coincides with one of our major grad student recruitment events. So please come and enjoy the conversation and help us model for prospective graduate students what an amazingly vibrant community we are!

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