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SFF Collective - Food (Online)

Monday April 20, 2020
18:00 - 19:00

Due to COVID-19, this event has been moved online via Slack. Please email prema.arasu@research.uwa.edu.au to be connected online with the SFF Collective. 

The SFF (Science Fiction, Fantasy, Speculative Fiction) Collective is a group that meets regularly to discuss topics relating to SFF books and share book recommendations across the genre.

Food is an often-overlooked aspect of worldbuilding. In this edition of the SFF Collective, we discuss the ways in which food is reflective of broader cultural values. How is the food of a world reflective of its attitudes towards consumption? Why do certain food items become recurring literary symbols? How might sci-fi and speculative fiction explore the future of food in a timeline of impending scarcity? Why are there potatoes in Middle Earth if it’s based on Medieval England when the potato wasn’t introduced to the British Isles until the 16th Century? And finally, would you sell out your siblings for some Turkish Delight?

Authors to consider for this session include but are not limited to J. K. Rowling, Enid Blyton, Terry Pratchett, Margaret Atwood, Ursula K. Le Guin, Diana Wynne Jones, and C. S. Lewis.

Although this is a free event, RSVP is essential.


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Prema Arasu

Prema Arasu is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Western Australia. Their research is practice-led with a focus on gender in fantasy, science fiction and speculative fiction. They hold a BA (Hons) in English and Cultural Studies from UWA and a Master of Letters in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture from the University of St. Andrews. Prema has both academic and creative publications in the areas of fantasy literature and speculative fiction, queer and feminist postmodernism, the body, performance art, and diaspora studies. They are currently involved in a number of projects aimed at making the WA arts scene more diverse and inclusive.

James Youd

James Youd is a PhD Candidate in English at the University of Western Australia. His research focusses on the use of the fairy-tale genre in Australian literature and how 'faery' has been deployed in building national identity and mythmaking.

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