Decolonizing Speculative Fiction in and from the Americas (Part 1) (Roundtable)
Jason Bartles (West Chester University of Pennsylvania)
Valentina Marulanda Ospina (SUNY University at Buffalo)
Decolonial thought aims to reflect and think on new ways to communicate between cultures and think of other forms of life, other economies, other political theories in order to resist oppressive orderings of power relations. Speculative fiction sits well with decolonial thought since it has the potential to challenge our consensus of reality and to develop cognitively empowering and affectively stimulating objects of analysis. Indigenous, minority, and postcolonial subjects have contributed to the rise and transformation of speculative fictions that envision better futures while resisting visions of reality imposed by Western cultural biases and global capitalism. For this roundtable, we want to generate a discussion about speculative fiction from the Americas. We consider the process of imagining a different world to be a method of action for marginalized communities and subjects to claim and transform traditions by combining the multiplicity of aspects that constitute colonial, racialized, and sexualized subjects. Gloria Anzaldua said that nothing happens in the "real" world unless it first happens in the images in our heads, so we are interested in works where speculative fiction opens a field of opportunities to share and reclaim forgotten modes of engagement with reality and the future.
In this roundtable, we invite papers that analyze varied decolonial interventions into speculative from the Americas. Papers could reflect on Latinx and Latin American fictions, Indigenous futurisms, Afrofuturisms, or others. We are most interested in interventions that imagine joyful visions of the future or forms of care that point the way out of the bleak present and toward a better future.