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Readings and panel discussion on Caribbean science fiction and fantasy with:

*Karen Lord
*Karin Lowachee
*Nalo Hopkinson
*Tobias Buckell

Brian K. Hudson

Caribbean science fiction and fantasy may or may not do the following things: confront the problematic legacy of colonization in the region, examine the complex issues of identity and belonging, or incorporate Caribbean oral literatures to disrupt colonial semiotic systems. This panel will discuss the expectations of science fiction and fantasy written by Caribbean authors and how those authors and their work are subsequently categorized.

“Alternative Futurisms” is a year-long John E. Sawyer seminar, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, that will bring together scholars, writers, and artists to work on the intersections between ethnic identity and futuristic speculation. It will convene at UCR in Fall 2015 and run through Spring 2016. Event support by the Center for Ideas and Society. Art work by John Jennings.

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