SF: diffracted through Donna Haraway, these initials have come to stand for a myriad of worlding practices: Speculative Fiction, Speculative Fabulation, Speculative Feminisms, String Figures – So Far… In any case, speculation, with its wonders and dangers, has been interfering with what we count as reality in multiple ways. The thought experiments set by science fiction, in particular, allow us to pose questions concerning topics such as gender, racial and interspecific relations, colonization, utopian and dystopian futures, but also metaphysical reflections on the consistency of reality and the (non-)human condition.

In this sense, the reading group is dedicated to an exploration of the political and philosophical potential of SF. Gathering every three weeks, we decide together what to read next. The initial focus will be on fictional narratives, but the readings can also expand into non-fictional texts on SF and other speculative exercises, according to the interests raised in the discussions. In order to get started, we will discuss Octavia Butler’s short story “Amnesty”.

The first meeting will take place online, on Monday, 19 July 2021, 7 pm. Discussions will take place in English.

If you would like to join, please send an email to mail@diffrakt.space.