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51. Speculative Turns in Culture and Critique: A Collaborative Exploration

Thursday, 3 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Gardner, Sheraton

A special session

Presiding: Shelley Streeby, Univ. of California, San Diego

Speakers: Aimee Bahng, Dartmouth Coll.; Jayna Brown, Univ. of California, Riverside; Alexis Lothian, Univ. of Southern California; Tavia Nyong'o, New York Univ.

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Session Description:

This roundtable explores histories and practices of critical speculative fiction, theory, culture, and politics. Financial speculation harnesses risk for the sake of accumulation. To speculate imaginatively, by contrast, is to invent, theorize, and enact different kinds of worlds. How can speculation about alternatives and futures challenge dominant times and spaces of state, capital, empire?


  • Genre, Theory, Method – Cultural Studies, Folklore, and Popular Culture

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