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Saturday, October 6 • 10:35am - 12:00pm
Speculative Bodies: A Confluence of Imagetext

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Understanding how writing thinks and acts upon “the world” involves a messy methodological engagement with the body between disciplinary categories. The body becomes a moving target in the margins, and this panel speculates on when or where it (im)positions itself. This panel looks at a series of writings that foregrounds the body. Texts reimagine and transform the body’s corporeal genealogies linked with the environment, economies, politics, place and power. To write about human experience in such genealogies is to give it speculative expression that begins to grapple with the potential and limits of hair/skin/bone/nails. As custodians of radical re-visions of social organization and behavior, writers such as CA Conrad, Margaret Atwood, Nalo Hopkinson, Anne Boyer, Robin Coste Lewis, Tananarive Due, Octavia Butler, Adrian Piper, Sylvia Wynter, Coco Fusco, Lidia Yuknavitch, Samuel Beckett, Elizabeth Grosz, and Kathy Acker engage these relationships. Presenting our own creative-critical work—textual and photographic—, we reflect on black joy, trauma, motherhood, war veteran, disability, and all our shifting statuses, which are articulated by the body in the text and the body as the text. This discussion is interdisciplinary, combining prose, essay, poetics, imagery and stem cell genetics. Here, we approach new social possibilities by opening new conceptualizations of identity through realist contexts.

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Kelly Dulaney

Kelly Dulaney began in the cinders of Arizona; now she lives alongside the hogback hills of Colorado. Her writing appears in Western Humanities Review, Cherry Tree, Black Warrior Review, Fugue, Waxwing, Fairy Tale Review, The Best American Experimental Writing Anthology (BAX) 2015... Read More →
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Thaïs Miller

UC Santa Cruz
Thaïs Miller is the author of the novel, Our Machinery (2008), and the collection, The Subconscious Mutiny and Other Stories (2009). At UC Berkeley Extension and the Gotham Writers Workshop, she taught literature and creative writing. In San Francisco, she volunteers as an editorial... Read More →

crystal am nelson

crystal am nelson is an artist, scholar, and independent curator. Currently a PhD candidate in visual studies at UC Santa Cruz, her current work investigates the relationship between the black radical imagination, black desire, and safe space.

Cathy Thomas

University of California, Santa Cruz
Cathy Thomas is a UC President's Dissertation Year Fellow at UC Santa Cruz examining carnivalesque in Caribbean literature with her spec fiction novel Poco Mas. She has worked for NBC, CBS, Warner Bros. and in film development for Forest Whitaker. She is a script reader for Annapurna... Read More →

Saturday October 6, 2018 10:35am - 12:00pm EDT
140 DeBartolo Hall

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