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Expecting the Unprecedented: Speculative Fiction and the Climate Events of the Future

Expecting the Unprecedented: Speculative Fiction and the Climate Events of the Future

When

January 22, 2021 | 12:00 pm
- January 22, 2021 | 1:00 pm

Speculative fiction has recently marked a turn in American literature to imagine not just the past of "unprecedented" climate crises, but also their future. It has been well-established that speculative fiction can assist societies in imagining the future of climate crises. However, it remains to be discussed what the limits of these imaginative possibilities are. Further, what is gained and lost by referring to major climate events as "unprecedented"? Mindful of the limits of speculative fiction's potential to imagine the futures of climate change, this webinar focuses on how speculative fiction might nonetheless help make the "unprecedented" feel apprehensible for readers.

Panelists include:

  • Heather Houser, Associate Professor of English, The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Stephanie LeMenager, Moore Endowed Professor of English, The University of Oregon.
  • Claire Colebrook, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English, Philosophy, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Penn State.

Moderated by:

  • Jessica Klimoff, Graduate Student, Department of English, Penn State.
Expecting the Unprecedented: Speculative Fiction and the Climate Events of the Future