Tag Archive: science fiction

Handmaid’s Tale Inoculates Viewers from Responsibility for Real Atrocities

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26:  Guest interact with an art installation, designed by Paula Scher and Abbott Miller, and book giveaway celebrating Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' opens on the High Line on April 26, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Hulu)

By Rachel Wagner (November 18, 2019) The Haidmaid’s Tale television series producer Warren Littlefield says that Offred’s story “presents a chilling vision into an increasingly likely potential future.” I suggest that this insistence on relevance is more indicative of a desire to *be* predictive, to believe that media like The Handmaid’s Tale can tell us something about the world and where…
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Just Futures: Speculative Arts and Social Change Symposium

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Just Futures: Speculative Arts and Social Change November 22, 2019 Oregon State University Corvallis, Oregon Keynote Talk by Dr. Grace Dillion (Anishanaabe)–one of the leaders of Indigenous Futurism The Anarres Project for Alternative Futures calls for abstracts for this multidisciplinary symposium that aims to bring together scholars, activists, and community members to consider the ways in which speculative arts can…
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MLK, Jr. Was a Sci-Fi Geek (and It Shaped His Idea of Justice, Too)

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By Joseph Orosco (January 22, 2019) By now, a lot of people have heard the story of how Star Trek was Martin Luther King, Jr.’s favorite TV show. It was, according to Nichelle Nichols, the only program he allowed his children to watch because it portrayed African Americans living in a future where they were treated equally and with dignity…
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Science Fiction Can Tell Us What We Need to Know About Space Force

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By Joseph Orosco (November 2, 2018) Mark Bould shows us that if you know the science fiction of alien invasion you can pretty much analyze the reasoning behind Trump’s proposal for Space Force: “Vice President Mike Pence’s August 9 Space Force press junket made clear that this great big bullying blustering pussy-grab for space, this effort to Make America Great…
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Dreaming New Futures: Walidah Imarisha @ Radical Imagination Conference

Walidah Imarisha was one of the keynote speakers at the first Opening Space for the Radical Imagination Conference at Oregon State from April 6-8, 2018. Walidah Imarisha is co-editor of the Institute for Anarchist Studies (IAS) book, co-published with AK Press, Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements and author of IAS/AK Press book Angels with Dirty Faces: Three…
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Using Visionary Science Fiction to Teach Community Organizing

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By Joseph Orosco (March 20, 2018) Every year, I teach a class which is an introduction to the discipline of peace studies. About five years ago, after teaching a successful seminar on community organizing and praxis with Anarres Project co-founder, Tony Vogt, I started to include theories of community organizing into the class. We start the term by looking at…
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Why Can’t We Punch Death Eaters?

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By Phoenix Calida (January 5, 2018) Things I don’t understand- #TheResistance on twitter. I just watched a member of the “resistance” with 20k followers and a Princess Leia avatar say that we can’t condone violence or property damage. Like did you even watch the movies?? I’ve seen various Harry Potter nerds call themselves Dumbledore’s army and compare the mangerine to Voldemort….
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To Understand Bannon, Think Hollywood

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By Joe Lowndes (January 29, 2017) As Steve Bannon’s central role in the White house becomes increasingly clear, we are struck by panic about who he is and how to understand his power. I increasingly think the source of it is to be found neither in his Huntingtonian worldview nor his self-described Leninist orientation toward power, but rather Hollywood. Screenwriter/producer…
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Star Trek and the Radical Imagination @ Oregon State

To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek: The Original Series, the Anarres Project for Alternative Futures presents a program of events that highlight the importance of this landmark science fiction franchise for advancing social justice and pushing the boundaries of the radical imagination.  Here is a listing of the events planned for Fall term 2016:  …
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