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Whooo Aaare Youuu?

FIU's Science & Fiction Lab Presents:

Second Annual Confab

Vandana

Usman

Ken

"Shanequa's Blues--or Another Shotgun Lullaby"

"Head Static"

"Nightflight"

"Fantaisie Impromptu No. 4 in C#min, Op. 66"

"Division by Zero"

"Story of Your Life"

Vandana

Usman

Ken

Mathematics / music

From genre to mode to cultural form

"How might sf help us conceptualize and respond toa world that has begun to resemble sf,in ways both marvelous and malign?""...the genre is a tool for thinking aboutand intervening in the world.""...a vision of the world made otherwise and the possibilities that might flow from such change.""Istvan Csiscery-Ronay Jr. argues that we should understand sf as a mode rather than a genre,a way of experiencing the world that hasbecome normalized in recent decades."

From genre to mode to cultural form

"My preferance is to understand science fiction as a cultural form that offers an "everyday" language for thinking about and responding to daily lifein [the] twenty-first century."For Fredric Jameson, "The genre's function is not to predict the future [...] but 'to defamiliarize and restructure our experience of our own present.' [...] what sf figurations of the future demonstrate is [...] the difficulty--perhaps impossibility--of envisioning the radically other...""Seeing what we take for granted--the "alien" perspective that puts things in a new light--is central to sf's rhetorical capacity."

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From genre to mode to cultural form

"...the more we expect the future to differ from the present, the more sf becomes a dominant cultural form."Sf is "a toolkit for thinking throughurgent issues in social life today.""...fictional texts become a shorthand, drawn upon by both journalists and scientists, as they seek to connect the feelings people have abouta fictional text to a research agenda...""Science fiction has moved from being a niche genre at the beginning of the twentieth century to a widely shared cultural vernacular for describing the twenty-first. In many ways, sf is no longer a specialized genre, but now the dominant way to analyze a world in which our technology changes faster than we do."

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Mathematics / Music

Alternate Spacetime

Genomics, the Microbiome, and Posthumanism

Robots, AI, and Transhumanism

Spirituality and Divinity

Religion and Faith

Parts of speech

--Sherryl vint

Initially transhumanism and posthumanism were used somewhat interchangeably, but more recently a differentiation has taken hold: transhumanism describes discourses interested in transcending the limitations of human embodiment [...]posthumanism describes a range of approaches interested in decentering the human in our knowledge systems and questioning the historical privilege of the human.

"River Clap Your Hands""Stars Come Down""Head Static""Who Needs the Stars If the Full Moon Loves You?"

"The Aphotic Ghost""The International Studbook of the Giant Panda""The Macrobe Conservation Project""American Moat""Bone of My Bone"

"The Dragon Can't Dance"

"Homeostasis""Fantaisie Impromptu No. 4in C#min, Op. 66"

"Understand""Seventy-Two Letters""The Great Silence"

Sheree

Carlos

Ted

Posthumanism describes a range of approaches interested in decentering the human in our knowledge systems and questioning the historical privilege of the human.

Transhumanism describes discourses interested in transcending the limitations of human embodiment .

"The Lifecycle of Software Objects""Seventy-Two Letters""Dacey's Patent Automatic Nanny""Exhalation""The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling""Liking What You See: A Documentary"

"Teddy Bump"

"Madame and the Map: A Journey in Five Movements"

"310 Lucy"

"Nightflight"

"The Magical Properties of Unicorn Ivory"

"Entanglements"

"Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom"

"Story of Your Life"

"The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate"

"Tower of Babylon"

Sheree

Carlos

Ted

Alternate spacetime

Religion and faith

Spirituality and divinity

"Shanequa's Blues--orAnother Shotgun Lullaby"

"The Assimilated Cuban's Guideto Quantum Santeria"

"Ancestries""Child's Play""Origins of Southern Spirit Music"

"Fantaisie Impromptu No. 4in C#min, Op. 66"

"Hell is the Absence of God""Tower of Babylon""Omphalos"

Sheree

Carlos

Ted

"The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate"