Our Futures Reimagined: a visionary fiction workshop with Dr. Sami Schalk
Pre-registration for this workshop is requested!
This event is free, but seats are limited and registration is required. If after registering you change your mind, please update your Eventbrite registration, and let us know.
“All organizing and activism is science fiction because we are trying to create worlds that don’t yet exist.” – Dr. Sami Schalk
Join us for a visionary fiction workshop with Dr. Sami Schalk (and inspired by the work of Morrigan Phillips, Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown). For those new to this genre “Visionary fiction is… fantastical writing that helps us imagine new just worlds” (Imarisha). This experiential workshop with Dr. Schalk will offer opportunities to collectively build and envision a future world, and invite us to bring visionary thinking into our activism and our daily lives.
Sami Schalk is an assistant professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on disability, race, and gender in contemporary American literature and culture. Schalk’s first book, Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, & Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction (Duke UP 2018), explores how black women writers use non-realist genres to reimagine the possibilities and limits of bodyminds, challenging our understanding of the meanings of disability, race, and gender. Schalk’s next project focuses on disability politics in black activism in the post-Civil Rights era. She identifies as a fat, black, queer, femme, nondisabled cis-gendered woman. She can be found on Twitter as @drsamischalk and on her website, samischalk.com.