SPECULATIVE TIMES

The Lectures in this series discuss the futurist dimension in the study of temporalities. Focusing primarily on science fiction and future histories, the goal is to help students engage with the history of speculative futures, and the way these speculative futures are shaped by particular historical moments.




Series 1 Lecture 01: Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay | Future Histories

SPEAKER

Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay is Senior Researcher at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo. He is the Series Editor for Studies in Global Genre Fiction (Routledge), the Editor-in-chief of Fafnir: Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research (FINFAR, Finland), and Editor of the Journal of Science Fiction(MOSF, Washington, D.C.).

ABSTRACT

This lecture presents an argument on the role of future histories in imagining multiple possible presents. It also presents "The Unicorn in the Garden" problem and how a theory of possible worlds can be used to understand science fiction. While it is primarily based on WP6, it also presents the first arguments towards WP7: Quantum.





Series 1 Lecture 02: Mark Bould | Science Fiction and Time

SPEAKER

Mark Bould is Reader in Film and Literature at UWE Bristol. He co-founded the Science Fiction Film and Television journal and the Studies in Global Science Fiction monograph series. His most recent books are Africa SF (2013), Solaris (2014), SF Now (2014) and M. John Harrison: Critical Essays (forthcoming). He is currently writing The Anthropocene Unconscious.

ABSTRACT

This lecture presents a history of science fiction's engagement with time, starting from the 19th century to the present age. It describes how scientific and technological developments, as well as historical developments change human experience of time, and how science fiction processes these changes.