Futurities of the Pluriverse

Spring
3 credits

If today's technologies are built upon yesterday's science fictions, it matters which fictions we embrace and it matters what technologies we speculate. In this course we will employ a science fiction lens as we co-create future worlds which value ethical, equitable, and sustainable relationships. Imagination is our greatest resource for reaching beyond 'techno corrections' and dismantling oppressive systems. We will study artists, activists, and theorists whose works casts light on mass resource extraction, racial bias in tech, surveillance capitalism, and climate migration. We will also look into Octavia Butler and Ursula K LeGuinn's works of fiction as we examine the interrelationship between those worlds and the broader culture?