Speculative Futures Virtual Symposium

October 6–30, 2020

The UC Speculative Futures Collective is proud to present the fall virtual symposium "Transnational Equivalences and Inequalities," hosted by UC Irvine and Professor Christopher Fan.
A recent meme featuring the South Korean director Bong Joon-ho quotes him as saying, "We all live in the same country now: that of capitalism." This symposium will take stock of this view from multiple lines of approach. How is the future produced through the reproduction, categorization, and mobility of bodies? How has the speculative mode been affected by the deterioration of the postwar rules-based international order, financial crisis, environmental disaster, and pandemics? 


Tue, Oct 6, 12-2PM PST
Panel 1: "Carceral Bodies"
"The Handmaid's Tale and the Queer Anthropocene"
Sherryl Vint (UC Riverside) & Jonathan Alexander (UC Irvine)
"In 'Keeping' with Ornamentalism: Asiatic Femininity in On Such a Full Sea"
J.C. Fermin (UC Irvine)
"Care Work, Carceralized: Filipino Nursing and Carceral Healthcare in San Bernardino"
Trisha Remetir (UNC, Chapel Hill)
"Speculating on the Future of Gendered South Korean Labor"
Adhy Kim (UNC, Chapel Hill)
Fri, Oct 16, 1-3PM PST
Panel 2: "Borders"
"Unsettling Border Imperialism: Speculative Geographies of Karen Tei Yamashita’s Through the Arc of the Rainforest and Malka Older’s Centenal Cycles"
Heejoo Park (UC Riverside)
"Technologies of Displacement: Cinema, Military, and Refugee Labor"
Quyên Nguyen-Le (UC Irvine)
"Redefining Pasifika Settlements in the Climate Crisis"
Gregory Loui (UC San Diego)
"Angel Island, Immigration, and Anti-Militarism"
Qianru Li (UC Irvine)
Fri, Oct 23, 12-2PM PST
Panel 3: "Knowing Toxicity"
"White Coats, Brown Bodies: Speculation, Sentiment, and Chemicalized Ways of Knowing in Netflix’s Diagnosis and Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous"
Rachel Lee (UCLA)  
"Who is the Contagion? Assessing Coronavirus, Outbreak Narratives, and Speculative Futures in On Such a Full Sea"
Karen Siu (Rice)  
"The Unvironment: Nature and Weirdness in Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman’s Concrete Jungle"
Scott Volz (UC Irvine)  
"From Environmental Toxicity to the Reproductive Sterilization of Women"
Sümeyra Buran (UC Riverside)
Fri, Oct 30, 11AM-1PM PST
Panel 4: "Techno-capitalism"
"Speculations on Digital Content Moderation in the Philippines"
Alden Sajor Marte-Wood (Rice) & Stephanie Santos (Met. State U. of Denver)
"Victimization of Financial Fraud in the Era of Techno-capitalism"
Li Huang (UC Irvine)
"The Decolonial Biotech Network: Art and Transnational Activism Aligning Native and Global South Communities"
Anika Ullah (MIT)
About the UC Speculative Futures Collective
Initiated by a grant from the University of California’s Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives, the UC Speculative Futures Collective is an emergent group of scholars and practitioners of Speculative Futures Studies. Hosted initially across four UC campuses, with professors Shelley Streeby (UC San Diego), Nalo Hopkinson (UC Riverside), Christoper T. Fan (UC Irvine), and Neda Atanasoski (UC Santa Cruz) as lead investigators and organizers, the Speculative Futures Collective seeks to cultivate a cross-UC research group involving faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and community members who will use speculative cultural forms and theories to conduct collaborative research on the future of education, ecology, gender, sexuality, race, and addressing inequalities in California and the world.