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IFLS Book Club: Octavia’s Brood

book cover Just when you thought the IFLS Book Club picks couldn’t get any more awesome, for our final gathering of the semester we will be reading Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Movements, edited by Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown. The book’s website describes it as “an anthology of visionary science fiction and speculative fiction written by organizers and activists.” Pretty excited about this.

Here’s a description from the website:

Whenever we try to envision a world without war, without violence, without prisons, without capitalism, we are engaging in an exercise of speculative fiction. Organizers and activists struggle tirelessly to create and envision another world, or many other worlds, just as science fiction does… so what better venue for organizers to explore their work than through writing original science fiction stories? Co-editors adrienne maree brown and Walidah Imarisha offer us Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, as a way to uncover the truths buried in the fantastical – and to inject a healthy dose of the fantastical into our search for truth.

The anthology consists of radical science fiction/speculative fiction/fantasy/horror/magical realism short stories written by activist-writers who are actively involved in building movements for social change. They use their experience doing community work as the muse for their fiction. The collection will also include essays about the radical potential of science fiction by people like award-winning science fiction writer Tananarive Due and award-winning journalist and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Octavia’s Brood (to be released summer 2014) is the first book to explore deeply the connections between radical science fiction, what we call “visionary fiction,” and movements for social change through the vehicle of short stories. We believe that radical science fiction is actually better termed visionary fiction because it pulls from real life experience, inequalities and movement building to create innovative ways of understanding the world around us, paint visions of new worlds that could be, and teach us new ways of interacting with one another. Visionary fiction engages our imaginations and hearts, and guides our hands as organizers.

Many radical minds believe this field was evolved by late science fiction writer Octavia Butler, for whom this collection is named. Butler explored the intersections of identity and imagination – exploring the gray areas of race, class, gender, sexuality, militarism, inequality, oppression, resistance and most importantly, hope.

The book club will be meeting on March 30 at Osgoode. If you’d like to join, please email me at danaphillips@osgoode.yorku.ca for details.  Space is limited, but we will accommodate as many people as we can.   Please also feel free to email to share your thoughts about the book!

 

Call For Papers: “Feminist Experiences of Law” @ Melbourne Law School

Feminist Experiences of Law
Provocations III: IILAH

27-28 October 2016
Room 920, Level 9, Melbourne Law School

Experience is central to feminist thinking and praxis. Understood as the personal, as the subjective, as political formation, as method, or as a contested concept in philosophy, history, sociology, literary and cultural theory, experience had long shaped debates and struggles about what it means to think and act as a feminist.

The work that experience does, and has done, in how feminists understand, contest and live with law has official and unofficial histories, and distinct and diverse forms of contemporary argument. This conference seeks to draw together a broad community of scholars and activists to consider, and reconsider, feminist experiences of law. We invite papers from a range of disciplinary, practice and experiential perspectives – reform and socio-legal projects, legal and feminist theories, legal histories and life writing, institutional and doctrinal analysis. We are interested in new ideas, new scholarship, new experiences, and encourage papers that deploy a range of styles and genres.

Following the successful ‘Post feminism/ post critique’? workshop convened at ANU in 2015, the Feminist Experiences of Law workshop will adopt a similar collaborative and egalitarian format. There will be opportunity for 18 participants to present papers; but we encourage others to attend to broaden the conversation. The workshop will however be capped at 40 participants, to enable opportunities for close engagement. There is no registration cost.

Call For Papers
If you would like to give a paper at the Workshop, we invite you to submit a 300 word abstract that addresses the broad themes of the workshop by 30 May 2016 to provocations-iilah@unimelb.edu.au. Successful participants will be notified by 30 June 2016. Paper presenters will be expected to read and engage closely with the other papers in their session in the lead up to the workshop. Details of the form of this engagement will be circulated closer to the workshop date. We welcome abstracts from Early Career Researchers and Doctoral Candidates. Please note we have some capacity to provide travel bursaries for up to 5 PhD candidates and early career researchers, if selected to give papers. Please indicate in your abstract if you would like further information about this.

Participants
If you would like to participate in the workshop although not give a paper, please register by email to provocations-iilah@unimelb.edu.au by 30 May 2015.  We would encourage all participants to be available for the two days of the workshop, and be prepared to engage in conversation. Successful participants will be notified by 30 June 2016.

 

 

International Women’s Day Lecture March 9: Leanne Simpson “Islands of Decolonial Love”

Happy International Women’s Day! This event comes highly recommended from the IFLS book club, who had the chance to read and listen to Leanne’s lovely stories and songs last week (you can listen free here).

International Women’s Day Lecture
“Islands of Decolonial Love: Exploring Love on Occupied Land” Leanne Simpson

March 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
OISE Auditorium, Ground Floor, Accessible Space
252 Bloor Street West (St. George and Bloor)

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Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is “a gifted writer who brings passion and commitment to her storytelling and who has demonstrated an uncommon ability to manage an impressive range of genres from traditional storytelling to critical analysis, from poetry to the spoken word, from literary and social activism.” In 2014, Leanne was named the inaugural RBC Charles Taylor Emerging writer by Thomas King, and she was also nominated for a National Magazine Award for her short story “Treaties” published in Geist 90. In 2012, she won Briarpatch Magazine’s Writing From the Margins prize for short fiction. Leanne is the author of three books; Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back, The Gift Is in the Making and Islands of Decolonial Love, and the editor of Lighting the Eighth Fire, This Is An Honour Song (with Kiera Ladner) and The Winter We Danced: Voice from the Past, the Future and the Idle No More Movement (Kino-nda-niimi collective). Leanne holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba and has lectured at universities across Canada. She is of Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg ancestry and a member of Alderville First Nation.

This event is open to the public. ASL will be provided.

Sponsors:  Women & Gender Studies Institute; WGSSU; Principal’s Initiative Fund, New College; Adult Education and Community Development Program; Indigenous Education Network; Transformative Learning Centre.

A few IFLS book club members will be meeting up for a casual drink after the event. If you’d like to join, send me an email at danaphillips@osgoode.yorku.ca.   

IFLS End of Term Luncheon: March 11, 12:30-2:30 @ Osgoode

 

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The IFLS will be hosting an (almost) End of Term Luncheon at
Osgoode on Friday March 11, 12:30-2:30 in room 2027.   Featuring special guests:

Kami Chrisholm, Osgoode Artist in Residence, 2015/16

Nadine ValcineOsgoode Artist in Residence, 2015/16

Dr. Jennifer Kelly, Visiting Jean Augustine Chair in Education in the New Urban Environment

We hope to see you there!

Please RSVP at RSVP osgoode.yorku.ca/research/rsvp.