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Date(s): Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Location: Thoren, University Club (view map)
Type(s): Craft Talk, Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Fiction, Novels, Science Fiction, Short Stories, Social Justice
Tags: World Building, Sustainability, Character, Solarpunk, Climate Change
What would it mean to carry out justice in our fiction, given the realities of our unjust world? How do fictional villains differ from real-life ones? Should the hero's journey be a blueprint for stories when saving the climate requires movements and communities? Can we use the tools of speculative world building to prefigure a truly just and sustainable future? Touching on imaginative greats like Ursula K. Le Guin and new genre formulations like solarpunk, this session examines the tangle of questions that arise when we decide to make our stories into tools for fighting oppression, exploitation, inequality and other forms of injustice.