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Josephine Taylor, Failure of Mastery: Energy Transition and Futures in SF

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Energy Futures and the Failure of Mastery: Alternative Relations in Science Fiction on Lem and Liu Cixin

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UCD Environmental Humanities is delighted to present a talk by Josephine Taylor (Royal Holloway University London), on 'The Failure of Mastery: Energy Transition and Futures in SF'.

Wednesday 5 May, 4pm.

Abstract: Science fiction is immersed in energy politics, legacies of colonialism, future dystopic visions of resource depletion and ecological collapse. Taylor will address why this genre is particularly significant for analysing energy regimes and its possible futures. She will present a reading of Liu Cixin’s ‘Moonlight’ exploring how energy transition can often be violent if capitalist modes of extraction continue to shape energy relations. Following this, under the theoretical arc of Julietta Singh’s non-masterful politics and decolonial practice, she explore Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris. Her literary analysis gestures towards a non-extractive paradigm towards a future which we cannot yet see.

Bio: Josephine Taylor is a PhD student in Comparative Literature and Culture at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is one of the directors for London Science Fiction Research Community, and a member of the research collective Beyond Gender. Her published work includes scholarship on China Mieville and Reza Negarestani, Rita Wong’s and Cindy Mochuzki’s Perpetual, and is also a co-editor for a special issue on Environmental Justice and Interdisciplinary Practice.

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This talk will take place at 4pm Irish Standard Time, which translates to 11am Eastern Standard (US Time). Ticket sales will close at 12pm Dublin time on the 5th and links will be sent out twice, on 3rd May and on 5th May, two hours before the event.

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