Parable Series Conversation 7
Prospecting Futures Online: Follow-up With Miranda
A follow-up with Miranda and her project Prospecting Futures Online. Marco, Geoffrey, Johnny, and Doug reflect upon Miranda’s deep inquiries, revealing emergent futures in real time.
4:55 Begin seed questions
5:30 - Reading Parables + other SF: How does this fit in with other projects/conversations that the readers are involved in? What directions are the readings taking us (the participants at Infinite?
16:12 - Miranda: how would we describe ourselves (Infinite Conversations) to someone from the outside?
25:26 - How long has the group performed together, been reading collectively? What readings? Who attends?
41:08: All the world building at Infinite Conversations, the sponsorship and support, is a rare special formation… Miranda’s Project: readers and futures… On these collective discussions and readings: how do these influence our thinking about how we engage with temporality?
1:11:30 - Zooming out and now back to Butler: What aspects of the Parable series travel with the group’s collective envisioning?
1:28 - Begin discussion of science fiction: favorites, influences, possible future reads
From Stacey Balkan’s review of Shelly Streeby’s book Imagining the Future of Climate Change: World-Making Through Science Fiction and Activism, Berkley: University of California Press, 2018
- ‘Butler’s oeuvre is essentially a praxis for “world-making through science fiction and activism” - “world-making” a term used by Shelley Streeby to describe “the transformative dimensions of the worlds and futures imagined by Indigenous people and people of colour in confronting settler colonialism, environmental racism, and climate change” (Streeby, 2018: 149) … the world-making efforts of artists like Butler … serve as guides for reimagining our dystopian present and making possible just futures’ (Balkan, 2018: 165-166)
- ‘Streeby concludes with a plea to embrace more “collective envisionings of the future” — that this might just be “our best hope in imagining other worlds in the wake of the climate change disaster that is now upon us” (Streeby: 126)’ (Balkan, 2018: 170)
Stacey Balkan. “Aesthetics and Activism.” Mediations 32.1 (Spring 2018) 165-172.
- How does the future in these books feel?
- How do these books allow for a collective, critical and creative interrogation of climate change futures?
- How does the ’Parable’ series sit in relation to your wider reading, intellectual and other concerns? Why this book, why now?
- How would you describe your experience of discussing books in IC?
- What does it mean to read collectively in IC? How is it different to reading alone?
- Are you part of other online discussions groups, and if so how is IC different?
- Are you part of reading groups which meet in physical spaces, and if so, how is discussing books online different?
- How long have you been reading science fiction, are there specific books that are dear to you?