Shaping Change: Remembering Octavia E. Butler Through Archives, Art, and Worldmaking Conference

June 3-5, 2016


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About the Conference

“Shaping Change: Remembering Octavia E. Butler Through Archives, Art, and Worldmaking" is a conference celebrating Octavia E Butler’s life and work. The conference will take place from June 3-5, 2016 at the UC San Diego Cross-Cultural Center.

Butler's experiences as a working-class, quirky Black girl growing up in southern California profoundly shaped her life and writing. She was also an alumnus of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop, which has been organized by the Clarke Center at UC San Diego since 2007, and has fostered the talents of many of the leading sci-fi/fantasy writers since its inception in 1968.

This conference endeavors to engage these intersecting identities through multiple mediums and fields of study. Participants will consider how Butler’s work helps us imagine a future where justice is attainable and differences are celebrated and consider the following questions:

50 years from now, how have we shaped change (through art, activism, and archives) in the world? What have we left behind that that we can draw from our presents and pasts? What lessons in Butler’s life and writing will help forestall what seems like the inevitable collapse of human civilization?

This event is sponsored by the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination; The Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop at UC San Diego; The Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network; Sixth College; Division of Social Sciences; Division of Arts and Humanities; Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Departments of Theater and Dance, Ethnic Studies, Music, Psychology, Education Studies, and Literature; the Critical Gender Studies Program; and the Black Studies Project.


Shaping Change Conference

Schedule of Events

Friday Saturday Sunday

All events will take place at the Cross-Cultural Center on the 2nd Floor of the Price Center East, UCSD. Registration and panels will take place in La Comunidad Room. Conference-related art, speculative design projects, and visions of the future created by Sixth College’s CAT (Culture, Art, Technology) 3 students will on display in the ArtSpace room.

 

Friday, June 03, 2016

8:45 am – 9:45 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:00 am – 10:45 am

Welcome - Shelley Streeby & Ayana Jamieson

Screening — Invisible Universe footage and Q & A with M. Asli Dukan

 

11:00 am – 12: 15 pm

 

Panel — Latin American and Latinx Futurisms after Octavia E. Butler

Curtis Marez, “Future Lines of Flight: Octavia E. Butler, the Royal Chicano Air Force, and the United Farm Workers Movement”

Beatrice Pita and Rosaura Sánchez, “Octavia Butler's Kindred Spirits: Latino Futurisms in the Work of Mexican Speculative Fiction Writers Trujillo Múñoz and Schwartz”

Pepe Rojo, “Dispatches from the Magonista Front: Experiential Fictions”

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Undergrad Research Summit: Sixth College’s CAT 3 Students Imagining the Future in 2066

1:15 pm to 2:30 pm

Writers Expanding the Genre

Chair: Lisa Bolekaja

Ted Chiang, “Technology and the Narrative of the Self”

Nisi Shawl, reading an excerpt of her upcoming novel Everfair

2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

Panel — Borderlands of Science and Fiction

Elizabeth Losh, “Survival Kit for Speculative Design”

Emily Rose Schwab, “ ‘Take It Beyond the Limits’: Exploring Connections Between Science Fiction and Literacy Education”

Dagmar Van Engen, “ ‘Learn and Run!’: Fugitive Pedagogy in the Xenogenesis Series”

Lauren Marie Taylor and Alan Clark, “Speculations on the Cultural Influences of the Young Octavia Butler: The Space Race, The Cold War and The Civil Rights Movement”

Kim Kirkpatrick, “Voice and Language as a ‘Place of Struggle’ ” 

 

4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

 

Panel — Worldmaking with the Clarion Octavia E. Butler Memorial Fellows

Shelley Streeby, Lisa Bolekaja, Amin Chehelnabi, Sophia Echavarria, Melanie West

6:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Dinner

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

UCSD Writers Showcase: Fiction Inspired by Octavia E. Butler

Anna Joy Springer, Katherine Agard, and Gina Srmabekian, “TBA: MFA Fiction”

Kiik Araki-Kawaguchi, Tae Hwang and Melinda Barnadas, Paola Capo-Garcia, Amanda Solomon, Shelley Streeby, Sandra and Ben Doller, “Watching TV in 2066”

Open Mic: Rorie Still with “Octavia Butler Project: Seeing Star Children”;  Brittany Johnson; Ricardo Dominguez’s CAT 3 students’ flash fiction, and more.

 

Saturday, June 04, 2016

8:30 am – 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – 10:15 am

Panel — Resistance and Revolution: Post-Apocalyptic Yearnings

Esther Choi, “The Non-Profit Industrial Complex as Dystopia: Insights from the Revolution Will Not Be Funded and Octavia's Brood

Jeanelle Horcasitas, “ ‘I’m Valerie Rye’: Body Language, World Building and Hope in Octavia Butler’s "Speech Sounds”

Jeanine Webb, “Wild Seed, Fledgling and Bodies That Resist”  

Clayton Colmon, “The (Post-)Human Dance: Digital Humanities, Afrofuturism and Octavia Butler’s Patternist Series”

10:30 am – 11:45 am

Panel – Applications of Black Women’s Futurist Thought

Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha, “Reflections on Octavia’s Brood

Ola Ronke, “Free Black Woman’s Library: Using Books to Build and Liberate Community”

Rasheedah Phillips, “Black Quantum Futurism”

Krista Franklin, "Holding the Pattern: Visual Language in Response to the Work of Octavia E. Butler"

11:45 am to 1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Panel — Transforming Humanity

Chair: Moya Bailey

Alexis Lothian, “All That You Change: Shaping a Transformative Digital Humanities”

Aimee Bahng, "Plasmodial Improprieties: Octavia Butler, Slime Molds, and Imagining a Femi-Queer Commons"

2:15 pm to 3:30 pm

Roundtable — “Affect in the Archive, or Why I Sometimes Cried in the Bathroom of the Huntington Library”

Sami Schalk, Moya Bailey, Cassandra Jones, Theri Pickens, Ayana Jamieson

3:45 pm to 4:30 pm

Workshop — Katie Seitz, “Shaping Our Legacies: Using Butler to Vision Archival Futures”

4:45 pm to 6:00 pm

Panel – Reimaging Art, Family, Legacy, and Archival Futures

Ella Maria Ray, “Sankofic Meditations: Listening to an Africana Griot Using Fired-clay”

Katherine Agard and Murktarat Yussuff, “Reimagining Family and Genealogy”

Monica Hand, “Trilogy: Three Miniature Handmade Books Inspired by Octavia E. Butler Tomes”

6:00 pm to 6:15 pm

Reflections – Ayana Jamieson and Shelley Streeby

 

Sunday, June 05, 2016

8:30 am – 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – 10:15 am

Panel — Parables of Change and Survival

Kim Hester Williams, “Earthseeds of Change: Post-Apocalyptic Mythmaking in The Book of Eli and Octavia Butler’s Womanist Ecologies”

Megan and Daryl Adkins, “Black Feminist Pedagogies: Teaching Kindred in Women & Gender Studies”

Ola Ronke, “Lauren Olamina’s Life Tips”

10:30 am – 11: 30 am

Workshop — Allison Simon, “Manifesting Change: A Search for Ourselves through Time & Space”

11:30 pm to 1:00 pm

Community Council and Closing Ritual


Directions/Registration

All events will take place at the Cross-Cultural Center on the 2nd Floor of the Price Center East, UC San Diego. Registration and panels will take place in La Comunidad Room. Conference-related art, speculative design projects, and visions of the future created by Sixth College’s CAT (Culture, Art, Technology) 3 students will on display in the ArtSpace room.

Please see the campus map for directions to the Cross-Cultural Center.

For late updates on the program, please check the conference's Facebook event page here


Contact

Questions? Reach us at info@imagination.ucsd.edu or call 858.534.6875.