116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Science Fiction I

Session Chair: 
Justin Wyble, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Session 7: Sunday 8:15 am – 9:45 am
Miller Hall 235
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  1. Matthew Lambert, Wabash College
    In his serialized novel Black Empire (1936-1938), African-American author George Schuyler depicts futuristic forms of technology to critique European and American racism and colonialism as well as to envision forms of black self-determination and power.   
  2. Nazua Idris, Washington State University
    Based on Christina Sharpe’s approach to Afrodiasporic history that is always on the verge of re-emergence, this paper examines how, as an Afrofuturist text, Victor LaValle’s Destroyer challenges the representation of black history and temporality in white futurist narratives and intervenes into the epistemological structures of those narratives to reclaim black futurity.  
  3. Matthew Snyder, University of California, Riverside
    The Dispossessed is not only an alternative history and an allegory of the Catalonian Revolution gone right, it also has had the most powerful effect of any SF work in the lives of real-world activists who aim to create anarchist societies. 
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