Imaginative Ecologies

deadline for submissions: 
October 3, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
San Francisco State University
contact email: 

Imaginative Ecologies
A Workshop in Speculative Fiction and Ecopoetics

with Keynote Address by
Kristina Lyons 
Assistant Professor, Feminist Studies, UC Santa Cruz

November 2th, 2016 – San Francisco State University

Convened by: Martha Kenney (Assistant Professor, Women and Gender Studies, San Francisco State University)

In the face of an ongoing environmental crisis, how can speculative fiction, poetry, imaginative ethnography, and other kinds of creative writing help us respond to ecological damage and collectively build more livable worlds?  How can experimenting with genre and form re-orient our research and connect us more strongly with our “matters of care” (Puig de la Bellacasa 2010)?  For this workshop, we invite feminist, queer, antiracist, and decolonial STS scholars working on the politics of environment to explore the potential of writing fiction and poetry together as a creative response to climate change, extinction, extreme energy, nuclear radiation, air pollution, and other urgent environmental concerns. With a focus on process not product, we hope to foster a space of support and community for faculty and graduate students interested in trying out experimental forms of writing.

Interested scholars should send an email to Martha Kenney mkenney@sfsu.edu to reserve your spot before October 3, 2016.  Please use the subject line: Imaginative Ecologies. All participants will then be asked to submit a short piece of speculative fiction, poetry, or other creative work (less than 900 words) by October 15th, which will be circulated and read by workshop participants before we convene.  Individual and collaborative pieces are welcome.  If you’ve never done creative writing before, do not worry!  We are looking for messy and promising provocations, not polished manuscripts.

The workshop will be held on November 2, 2016 from 11:30 – 5 at San Francisco State University. There will be an optional dinner and gathering in San Francisco in the evening. We will provide lunch for workshop participants, as well as parking, and will be in touch with these details. Everyone who submits will be accepted. We look forward to hearing from you!