The Queer Coll(i/u)sions Conference will take place at the Sadleir House Community and Student Centre in Peterborough, Ontario on March 3rd-6th, 2017.
On Friday at 1:00 pm I’m reading from “Python”, an award winning short story that has been reprinted in Canada, the US, and the UK, including in Jeff VanderMeer’s Album Zutique. I’m also participating in the Queering the Imagination panel on Saturday at 1:00 pm. I’m going to talk a bit about Woolf’s Orlando, and some others if I can find the time to gather my thoughts. I have so much work on my desk right now that I shouldn’t be volunteering for this sort of thing; to do the topic justice I’d want to reread some of the other trans novels I love, including Maureen McHugh’s Mission Child and Samuel Delany’s Triton, written partly in conversation with Ursula LeGuin’s The Dispossessed.
More info on the panel:
Queering The Imagination: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Queer Writing
Speculative fictions like sci fi, fantasy, and horror are meant to provide a space for imagining new possibilities and critiquing the ‘traditional’ ways of viewing the world, and yet, they are often conservative, creating new worlds that do not imagine much further than the social boundaries of our own world. This roundtable discussion seeks to bring out the queer possibilities of speculative texts, highlighting texts that are already stretching the boundaries of sexuality and gendered possibilities, suggesting new possible ideas for further speculative texts, and discussing the queer potential of SF.