A Sci-Fi Enterprise of Social Poetics

A Sci-Fi Enterprise of Social Poetics

Push beyond your earthly limits as we explore the social poetics of Sci-Fi.

* This course will take place on video-conferencing platform ZOOM *

In this workshop, we will explore the exploratory possibilities of poetry. We will experiment with a sense of poetry as social, a sense of the social as transportational, a sense of the transportational as state altering.  

Many visions of the future, as seen in softer sci-fi TV, movies, and books, include visions of social life – groups of people being forced to work together on spaceships, deep space stations, or settlements in different corners of the galaxy. These visions of social life may be rosy as in Star Trek: The Next Generation or treacherous as in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower or insensible as in Dune 

Poet-philosophers like Fred Moten, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Arjuna Neuman, Will Alexander, and Jackie Wang teach us what it means to think through the social implications of contemporary physics, guiding us through science towards sociality, via superhighways of non-knowability, entanglement, and vibration.  

Thus, we will travel: making wild leaps and falling into wormholes, testing the boundaries between poetic license and scientific quackery, feeling restless online and finding ourselves at sea in the future, and soaring through forms to speak in our own alien tongues. 

Two Zoom sessions on 29 January and 19 February 2022, from 10.30am–1pm GMT

To apply for a concession rate, please send relevant documentation showing your eligibility for one of our concessions to [email protected] Conditions of eligibility are detailed here. More information about how our Video Courses work can be found on the Video Courses page.

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Image credit: Photo by Ian Battaglia

About Nisha Ramayya View Profile

Nisha Ramayya grew up in Glasgow and now lives in London. Her poetry collection States of the Body Produced by Love (2019) is published by Ignota Books. Recent poems and essays can be found online in CCA Annex, JUF, and Spam Zine; and in print in Wasafiri and Magma. She teaches Creative Writing at Queen Mary University of London.

'This was a wonderful course, and Nisha was keen and motivated, and very encouraging. Enjoyable and I would attend any of her courses again.'

- Spring 2021 Survey Response

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