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SFF Collective - Utopias/Dystopias

Tuesday December 3, 2019
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.

Are utopias and dystopias polar opposites, or is there a fine dividing line? How do gender and race factor into our visions of the future? How can philosophical movements such as transhumanism, solarpunk and the cthulucene articulate utopic visions of life? What is cli-fi? Why does dystopia resonate with young adults so much? How can utopian/dystopian fiction function as political commentary?

Writers discussed may include Margaret Attwood, Ray Bradbury, George Orwell, Orson Scott Card, A. J. Betts, Thomas More, Aldous Huxley, Philip Pullman, N. K. Jemesin, Donna Haraway, Octavia Butler, Philip K. Dick.


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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.

Venue
Centre for Stories
100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge
WA, 6003

Public Transport
The Centre is a ten minute walk from the Perth train station and the Perth Busport, and is serviced by regular CAT buses.

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

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

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