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Oct 28

#SpecTech: Writing Visionary Fiction

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Hybrid = Zoom + Milstein 103 (DHC)
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"Let our imaginations grow as large as galaxies." - Walidah Imarisha

This year, the Digital Humanities Center is hosting a monthly learning community on Speculative Technologies for Liberatory Worlds to build capacity for what adrienne maree brown calls “radical imagination,” where “all efforts to bend the arc of the future towards justice, is science fictional behavior.” Build community with students, staff, and faculty and explore imaginative possibilities through hands-on activities, critical play games, and more.

In this session, we'll be writing visionary fiction, which Walidah Imarisha describes as "an all-encompassing term for any fantastical art (speculative fiction, horror, magical realism, fantasy, etc.) that might aid in creating social change." We need spaces, she writes, "both real-world and digital, that allow us to imagine beyond the limits of what we are told is possible if we are to build liberated futures." Let's grow our collective capacities for imagination and social change by writing some visionary fiction together!

To express interest in this learning community, please fill out this short form, and we will be in touch with more information. The learning community will be held on the following dates (all Thursdays) from 4-5:30 PM: 9/23, 10/28, 11/18, 12/9, 1/27, 2/24, 3/24, 4/21. You don't have to attend every session--drop in when you can!

The Digital Humanities Center is committed to hosting and supporting programming that reflects its core values of inclusivity, sustainability, exploration, and collaboration. For questions, accommodation requests, or issues, email us at digitalhumanities@barnard.edu.