The first WisCon in 1977 honored author Katherine MacLean and Amanda Bankier (editor of the first feminist fanzine, “The Witch and the Chameleon”). In a world in which it was considered progressive for most conventions to schedule a single “Women in SF” panel, WisCon bent fannish traditions by scheduling a whole convention’s-worth of panels addressing many feminist and pointedly left-leaning political topics.
WisCon has grown from a small regional convention to a large, truly international convention, with attendees traveling from all over the world in order to meet other fans and professionals with similar interests. Our convention has grown up to become the annual gathering for the feminist SF community. It also functions as a vibrant meeting place for fans and professionals interested in broader themes of gender, race, and class in Science Fiction and Fantasy.
27.05.2016 at the University of Wisconsin my paper “Critical Institution and Science Fiction, towards the Virtual Feminist University” will be presented as a part of the Academic Panel: Speculative Pedagogies:
(Unfortunately I won’t be there)
1) “How would you handle the apocalypse?”: Science fiction in the New Zealand classroom (Karen Healey) Teacher and young adult author Karen Healey discusses her use of speculative fiction texts in the English classroom for students aged 12-18, concentrating on the potential of these texts to assist students in making connections, solving problems, and developing engagement and empathy. She explores teaching strategies and learning tasks that were successful (and… those that weren’t). 99% jargon-free! Teachers, parents, teenagers, and all WisCon members encouraged to attend. 2) Be Super (Krystal Kara) Be Super is an initiative that strives to use comic book characters as educational tools to understand social justice issues. The creator will discuss ideas and plans for a non-profit and web-based movement calling for everyone to be the hero within. 3) Critical Institution and Science Fiction, towards the Virtual Feminist University (Zofia Nierodzinska) “Critical Institution and Science Fiction, towards the Virtual Feminist University” is the title of my Ph.D. thesis, which I am in a process of writing at the University of Arts in Poznan, Poland. The thesis has an essay form, which in some parts should be sung aloud. The presentation has a performative, retro-futuristic character.
Project of Sofi da East “Soaking up the Wilderness. Research on the Home-Made Utopia” is a part of the exhibition “Returning to Bialowieza”, which is on view for two months- from 13.05, in the Arsenal Gallery in Bialystok, Poland.
The exhibition is based on the experienced made by PhD students of the University of Arts in Poznan, Poland, during the one week artistic residency in Bialowieza – the oldest primary forest in Europe. Based on the concept of Janek Szewczyk and Tomek Koszewnik.
The project of Sofi da East consists of 12 pencil-drawings on paper, which visualize the process of cultivation and growth of the Psilocybe cubensis Golden Teacher.
The fruits need eight days until they are ready to be picked up. Afterwords they are pickled in a hot mixture of water, vinegar and herbs. They are preserved in a small jar with a golden cap following an eastern traditional recipe.
“Soaking up the Wilderness. Research on the Home-made Utopia” is an educational social project, which could be easily reproduce in every haushold, no matter how advanced are the skills of the person, who repeats the experiment at home. It is addressed mostly to those homo sapiens, who would like to widen their affective abilities and try some alternatives within the humanistic routine. The pickled mushrooms conserve the nature_cultural processes and show creative possibilities of matter, which thickens in situated installations. The project is developed within the laboratory research of the Virtual Feminist University and is financially supported by the Psychotronic Society of the Speculative Mushroom Pickers.
- fot. Marek Wasilewski, 2. fot. Maciej Zaniewski, Galeria Arsenał, 3. Sofi da East
fot. Maciej Zaniewski, Galeria Arsenal, Bialystok.
Knowing is not a bounded or closed practice but an ongoing performance of the world.*
I would like to talk with you today about a feminism as an active, creative concept, which is not necessary connected with a strong woman subject, but could go beyond the limits of the human body. I treat the feminism as a starting point in questioning an anthropocentric position and as a part of a process of becoming an other. The feminism is here a vibrant experience, more like a phenomena, than a stabile essence, it is not one ontological truth, which could be reached, kept and protected. It is a a process of sensibilising for the world that is in and around me as a living creature.
I will structure the lecture around the terms:
* Karen Barad, Meeting the Universe Halfway. Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning, Durham and London 2007, s.149