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Scholars of Future-Past(s): Speculative Fictions, Pedagogy, and the Critical Archive

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Join us for a conversation about Speculative Fiction with UCR professors Nalo Hopkinson, John Jennings, Andre Carrington, and Sherryl Vint.

This is the Science Fiction research cluster at UC Riverside. The Speculative Fictions and Cultures of Science (SFCS) program explores intersections among speculative fiction, science and technology studies (STS), and traditions of speculative thought. We offer a Designated Emphasis at the PhD level and an undergraduate minor.

This panel will be an introduction to the current research projects of the research cluster members.

About the presenters:

Nalo Hopkinson

Dr. Nalo Hopkinson, born in Jamaica, received an M.A. in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University and a Doctor of Letters from Anglia Ruskin University, UK. Her teaching specialty is creative writing, with a focus on the literatures of the fantastic such as science fiction, fantasy and magical realism. She is currently working on "Duppy Jacket," an alternate history fantasy novel set in set in the Caribbean. She is a recipient of the John W. Campbell Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Andre Norton Award, and a two-time recipient of the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her novel "Midnight Robber" received Honorable Mention in Cuba's Casa de las Americas prize for literature written in Creole.

John Jennings

John Jennings is a Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California at Riverside. Jennings is co-editor of the Eisner Award-winning collection The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of the Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art. Jennings is also a 2016 Nasir Jones Hip Hop Studies Fellow with the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. Jennings' current projects include the horror anthology Box of Bones, the coffee table book Black Comix Returns (with Damian Duffy), and the Eisner-winning, Bram Stoker Award-winning, New York Times best-selling graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler's classic dark fantasy novel Kindred. Jennings is also founder and curator of the ABRAMS Megascope line of graphic novels.

André Carrington

André Carrington is a scholar of race, gender, and genre in Black and American cultural production. He is currently Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. His first book, Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction (Minnesota, 2016) interrogates the cultural politics of race in the fantastic genres through studies of science fiction fanzines, comics, film and television, and other speculative fiction texts.

Sherryl Vint

Dr. Vint’s work begins from the premise that popular culture both expresses the cultural anxieties and preoccupations of its contemporary audience and intervenes in the construction of cultural common sense, engaging with rather than merely reflecting surrounding technoculture. She has previously published Bodies of Tomorrow (2007), which investigates representations of the body in science fiction and in posthumanist discourses to argue for a version of posthumanism focused on expanding our connections to others rather than embracing fantasies of disembodiment, and Animal Alterity (2010), which extends this exploration of how we understand the human, and whom should be included in our ethical communities, focusing on the human/animal boundary articulated in philosophical and scientific discourses now restructured by material technoscientific practice and speculative representation. Dr. Vint has co-authored The Routledge Concise History of Science Fiction (2011) and co-edited Beyond Cyberpunk (2010), The Routlege Companion to Science Fiction (2009), and Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction (2009). She has also published widely on sf film and television, and most recently on the HBO’s The Wire for Wayne State UP’s Television Milestones series.

About the moderator:

Jasmine A. Moore is a third-year doctoral student at the University of California, Riverside. She hails from the south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Having completed her master’s degree in English at the University of Huntsville in Alabama and her bachelor’s degree at Howard University, Jasmine’s interests center around works dealing with Afrodiasporic speculative fiction, most commonly falling under the umbrella term "Afrofuturism." Her work focuses on the intersections of race, gender, class consciousness, and genre fluidity in relation to critical utopias inspired by Tom Moylan’s theorization of the critical utopia and Adrienne Marie Brown’s work on applied utopian strategy. The guiding questions for Jasmine’s work ask, "Who are utopias for?" “What is a perfect world?” and "What happens when utopias leave people behind? Her article entitled "But I'm right here: The Curious Case of Killmonger and the failure of Utopian Desire in Marvel's Black Panther" will appear in the Routledge Companion to Alternative Futurisms in Summer 2021.

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