Surviving the Anthropocene: Speculative Fictions from Latin America's Past, Present, and Futures

Surviving the Anthropocene: Speculative Fictions from Latin America

Presented by the UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese . To attend in person, no advance registration is required. To attend virtually, you must register via Zoom.

Friday, October 14, 2022
8:30 AM (Pacific Time)
Luskin Conference Center – Illumination Room
425 Westwood Plaza
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October 14 @ 8:30 am - October 15 @ 7:00 pm 

This symposium aims to take stock of Latin America’s speculative fiction production—understood broadly as an umbrella term that includes a variety of genres, such as science fiction, horror, fantasy, and their subgenres and derivatives. Surviving the Anthropocene will address this earlier literary production in the 20th century until the cyberpunk boom of the 1990s but, most importantly, will put the focus on the past decade, when both the writing and the scholarly study of Latin American speculative fictions have exploded. This cultural phenomenon has coincided with the emergence of a variety of discourses around the Anthropocene —the current geological epoch in which the human has become a dominant force on the environment— that have attempted to make sense of the accelerated global ecological changes.

Overarching framing questions include: What works, tendencies, preoccupations, and thematic axes comprise and characterize speculative fiction in/from Latin America during the era of the Anthropocene? What are the contours of the local contexts—political, economic, social, and cultural—that inform and inspire the works produced? How have authors from the region imagined ecological transformation in the era of global warming and mass extinction?

Panels, roundtables, book presentations, and keynote speeches compose the 10 sessions presented at this symposium (see the online program for details and participants' profiles).

Session themes include: Speculative Ecocriticism; New Weird and Gothic Horror; Science Fiction from the Past; Posthumanism; Necroliberalism; Women Authors of Speculative Fiction; Neoindigenist, Afrolatino, and Chicanx Futurisms; Less-studied regions/countries: Central America, the Caribbean (beyond Cuba), Paraguay, and Colombia. 

Keynote speakers: Alberto Chimal and Elizabeth Ginway.

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Cost: This event is free and open to the public

Special Instructions

Hybrid Event

Sponsor(s): Center for Mexican Studies, Latin American Institute