Symposium: “Worlds Beyond World: Feminist Utopian Thought”

Friday, November 8, 2013 - 12:00am to Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 12:00am


Symposium: “Worlds Beyond World: Feminist Utopian Thought”

In this symposium, authors and cultural critics explore feminist creative production and the roles of science fiction and utopian ideas in imagining brighter worlds beyond our own.


Friday, 11/8

Opening Event, 7-9 pm – “A Conversation with Ursula K. Le Guin” (Ballroom)

·      Welcome and Saturday preview – Carol Stabile

·      Honoring Sally Miller Gearhart – Ellen Scott

·      Introduction of Le Guin – Molly Gloss

·      Reading – Ursula K. Le Guin

·      Q&A with Le Guin – Michael Hames-Garcia (with Honors College student)

·      Book signing with Le Guin and Gloss (Maple/Oak)


Saturday, 11/9

Registration desk, 9:30am-1pm (Ballroom lobby)

Organization and Vendor Room, 9:30am-4pm (Maple/Oak)

Coffee, 9:30-12:30 (Ballroom Lobby)


Session 1, 10-11:30 – “Feminist Visions in the Archives,” facilitator Jenée Wilde (Gumwood)

·      Honors College student presentations highlight feminist science fiction papers housed in UO Knight Library’s Special Collections and University Archives. This collection includes papers from Ursula K. Le Guin, Molly Gloss, Joanna Russ, Kate Wilhelm, Suzette Haden Elgin, Sally Miller Gearhart, and James Tiptree Jr.


Lunch (on own) and book signing event with speakers, 11:30-12:30 (Maple/Oak)


Session 2, 12:45-2:15 – “Creating Utopia: Feminist Science Fiction,” facilitator M. Hames-Garcia (Gumwood)

·      Molly Gloss (author, Tiptree Award winner, Oregon Book Award finalist)

·      Andrea Hairston (author, Tiptree Award winner, theater director, Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor of Theatre and Afro-American Studies at Smith College, Northampton)

·      L. Timmel Duchamp (author, editor Aqueduct Press)

·      Alexis Lothian (Assistant Professor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

·      Helen Merrick (Senior Lecturer of Media, Culture, and Creative Arts at Curtin University, Western Australia, author of The Secret Feminist Cabal)


Session 3, 2:30-3:45 – “The Future of Feminist Science Fiction,” facilitator Carol Stabile (Gumwood)

·      Closing address – Helen Merrick

·      Audience Q&A with Gloss, Lothian, Duchamp, Hairston, and Merrick


Closing reception, 4-6, plus exhibit viewing, “Women’s Stories, Women’s Lives” (Focus Gallery and Papé Reception Hall, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art)


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