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Feminist Futures for Turbulent Times: discussion at the Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL

Dr Polly Gould took part in the round-table discussion on Wednesday 6 February 2019

Sharing thoughts on Ursula K. Le Guin, climate-fact, climate-fiction and architecture's role in securing our inhabitable planet, Dr Polly Gould joined the panel at UCL on Wednesday 6 February.

The turbulent future that democratic elections anticipate all over the world seems rather bleak. The extreme right is capitalizing on the fear of permanently unstable conditions by making the other, the most vulnerable of us, responsible. Meanwhile, feminism and its intersections open the doors to alternative futures of dialogue with and respect for us all.

Celebrating the legacies of feminist science fiction writers Octavia E. Butler and Ursula K. Le Guin, thinkers from different disciplines will speak about these writers’ influence on their work in current or previous turbulent times. What are turbulent times? How can Octavia E Butler and/or Usula K Le Guin help us think in/through/about these times and how we respond to them?

Listen to the full conversation online.

Image of Polly Gould's work: Alpine Architecture, Dent de Géant 2018

published on: 13 February 2019