Organic Systems: Science Fiction and Ecology Today


Hosts: Birkbeck College and Goldsmiths, University of London

Various dates (May - December 2019)

This series of four CHASE training events will explore the relation between science fiction (SF) and ecology as the nexus of an emergent set of interdisciplinary research interests. Much recent research and theory has pointed to the complementary nature of these two prominent areas of contemporary thought, often highlighting the creative and critical power of the science-fictional imagination for addressing ecological questions and concerns that are necessarily difficult to think within established epistemological frameworks – by virtue of their novelty, futurity and scales. These same factors mean that, despite a growing body of relevant work emerging in particular in critical science fiction studies and what have been called environmental humanities and posthumanities, there remains a shortage of obvious methodological resources and training for research students working at or wanting to engage in this area of crossover.

Each event will comprise (1) a dedicated training session for PGR students, which will include practical components (e.g. on accessing archives, applying for fellowships, or discussion of the experience of research and issues arising from it), (2) a roundtable event with expert speakers on a particular theme, and (3) a semi-formal reception to promote the formation of collaborations and networks.

Doctoral students should register to reserve places below.


Dates (all 2019), themes and venues for the four sessions are as follows. Timings given are provisional at this stage, but in general each session will take place during an afternoon, except the final session which is scheduled to begin earlier.

1.    Thursday 2 May: SF and Critical Ecologies (Goldsmiths)

Blog report on this session

Time

Session

Location

14:00 - 15:30

PhD Training session
“Fantastic Literature in the Archive” with Ross MacFarlane (Research Development Specialist [Modern], Wellcome Library).

Laurie Grove Baths Council Room

16:00 - 17:50

Panel
“Planetary Resources: The Value of SF for Critical Ecological Thinking”. Speakers including: Richard Crownshaw, Nicole Sansone (Goldsmiths), Matthew De Abaitua (Essex).

Laurie Grove Baths Council Room

18:00- 19:30

Reception

Laurie Grove Baths (Room G3)

2.    Thursday 23 May: SF and Ecology on Screen (Birkbeck)

Blog report on this session

Time

Session

Location

14:00 - 15:00

PhD Training session
“Fellowships in Fantastic Fiction” with Dr James Machin (former Visiting Fellow at the University of Riverside, California and Harry Ransom Centre, Texas).

BBK Cinema

15:30 - 17:00

Panel
‘SF and Ecology on Screen’. Speakers including Sean Cubitt (Goldsmiths), Katie Stone (Birkbeck), Francis Gene-Rowe (Royal Holloway).
As well as registering with CHASE, please reserve your free place for this afternoon's session here so that we can manage attendance in this venue.
A podcast of this panel is available here
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BBK Cinema

17:00 - 18:00

Reception

Outside BBK Cinema

18:00 - 21:00

Screening of Solaris (1972, dir. Andrei Tarkovsky) with introduction by members of London Science Fiction Research Community.
Please book a free ticket for this screening here.

Clore Lecture Theatre, Birkbeck

3.    Thursday 4th July: Ecologies of Gender (Birkbeck)

Blog report on this session

Time

Session

Location

14:00 - 15:30

PhD Training session
‘Public Engagement: Communicating SF Research to the General Public’, with Caroline Edwards (Birkbeck).

Keynes Library, Birkbeck

16:00 - 17:30

Panel
‘SF, Ecology and Gender’. Speakers including: Caroline Edwards (Birkbeck), Sarah Kember and Julie Doyle.

Keynes Library, Birkbeck

18:00

Reception

106, 43 Gordon Square

4.    Thursday 12th  September: Science Fiction/Fiction Science (Science Museum)

Time

Session

Location

11:00 - 12:00

PhD Training Session
‘An Introduction to the Science Museum Archive’ with Archivist plus Glyn Morgan (Project Curator, Science Museum).

Science Museum

12:00 - 13:00

Time to explore Science Museum

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 15:30

Panel
‘SF, Science and Environment’. Speakers including: Farah Mendlesohn (Anglia Ruskin), Amy Butt (Architect), Glyn Morgan (Science Museum).

15:45 - 17:00

Beyond Gender: Approaches to Science, from a feminist PGR collective.

17:00 - 18:30

Reception


Terms and conditions

*By registering below you are requesting a place on this training programme or selected sessions that form part of the programme. A member of the CHASE team or the workshop leader will contact you in due course to confirm that a place has been allocated to you. If you no longer require a place, please email enquiries@chase.ac.uk as soon as possible so your name can be removed from the registration list.  

If you are allocated a place but can no longer attend, please email enquiries@chase.ac.uk so that your place can be reallocated. CHASE training is free to attend and events are often oversubscribed with a waiting list. Failure to notify us of non-attendance in good time (ideally 5 days prior to the workshop/programme) means your place cannot be reallocated and may result in your access to future CHASE training being restricted.

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Organic Systems Blog Posts

Organic Systems: Session 1   - report   The first of the four workshops was held at Goldsmiths on Thursday 2nd May 2019. We began by reflecting in general terms on the rationale of the series and the connections between SF and ecology…   Read more here

Organic Systems: Session 1 - report

The first of the four workshops was held at Goldsmiths on Thursday 2nd May 2019. We began by reflecting in general terms on the rationale of the series and the connections between SF and ecology…

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Organic Systems: SF & Ecology on Screen   Organic Systems is a series of four workshops on Science Fiction and Ecology, aimed primarily at postgraduate research students and supported by CHASE…   Read more here

Organic Systems: SF & Ecology on Screen

Organic Systems is a series of four workshops on Science Fiction and Ecology, aimed primarily at postgraduate research students and supported by CHASE…

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Organic Systems: Session 2 - report   After a general introduction to the themes of the series, we heard from Dr James Machin, currently based at the Royal College of Art, who discussed his experience of applying for and undertaking research fellowships in fantastic literature…   Read more here

Organic Systems: Session 2 - report

After a general introduction to the themes of the series, we heard from Dr James Machin, currently based at the Royal College of Art, who discussed his experience of applying for and undertaking research fellowships in fantastic literature…

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Organic Systems: Session 3 - report   After a brief introduction and recap of previous sessions, in which Dr Joseph Brooker (Birkbeck, University of London) discussed the increasing awareness of ecology as a critical issue…   Read more here

Organic Systems: Session 3 - report

After a brief introduction and recap of previous sessions, in which Dr Joseph Brooker (Birkbeck, University of London) discussed the increasing awareness of ecology as a critical issue…

Read more here