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Wellesley College hosts International Science Fiction Conference

Posted by Laura Gomez  March 4, 2013 02:21 PM

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The Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College will host a Global Science Fiction Conference on March 8 and 9. The event is designed to bring the community and scholars together to explore the genre of science fiction as it is presented in various national and cultural traditions, according to a press release.

Discussions will look at what it means to write in a global context rather than how globalization has affected science fiction. The events are free and open to the public.

“Science fiction has become increasingly a global genre in the sense that deep down, in our imagination of the future history, no nation could stand alone,” said Mingwei Song, assistant professor of Chinese at Wellesley College and one of the organizers of the conference.

“The clashes, interactions, and negotiations of different cultural traditions are making today's science fiction into a genre that speaks a unique voice transcending national consciousness. Also, deep down in the science fictional dimension of our culture, there is a Utopian desire for a shared experience of humanity when facing future progress, or the end of the world.”

The event kicks off with a keynote address on Friday, March 8 at 4 p.m. Renowned science fiction author Andrea Hairston will read from her novel Redwood and Wildfire and address science fiction and fantasy in the age of globalization though a talk tiled, “Conjuring the Future: Post-colonial Divination.”

Hairston will be accompanied by live music performed by award-winning vocalist and instrumentalist Pan Morigan.

A reception will follow with a screening of the film Cloud Atlas beginning at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. an international group of scholars will participate in a series of panel discussions exploring the genre of science fiction through a broad range of national and cultural traditions.

All events will take place in Wellesley College’s Collins Cinema, 106 Central Street. To look at the full schedule for the March 9 symposium click here.

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