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SFF Collective - The Rise and Fall of Empire

Monday March 9, 2020
18:00 - 19:00
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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.

Many science fiction and fantasy books draw upon the great empires of history: Roman, Mongol, Qing, British, Spanish, Ottoman. Worldbuilding so often involves the creation of cultures, fantasy races, or alien worlds inspired by these empires.

In this session, we discuss the idea of empire and imperialism, and how the alternate worlds of SFF may act as an imaginative space in which imperialist ideologies are explored. In what ways might SFF be complicit with, problematise, or outright challenge the pursuit of empire? How might SFF writers employ decolonial writing practices? Furthermore, how might intercultural SFF writers use our medium to challenge anglocentrism and decolonise ourselves?

Authors discussed in this session may include Ken Liu, Nnedi Okorafor, Philip Pullman, Jy Yang, Gene Luen Yang, Salman Rushdie, George R. R. Martin, S. A. Chakraborty, and Edward Said.


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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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Centre for Stories
100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge
WA, 6003

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Parking is available at the CPP Aberdeen Street car park (25 metre walk) or at Wilsons car park on Zempilas St (10 metres).

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Wheelchair access is provided. Centre for Stories aims to be an inclusive and supportive community venue, please contact us if you have any questions.

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