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The Founding College of the University of Toronto

Playing with Time: Dystopic Presents and Speculative Futures

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Playing with Time: Dystopic Presents and Speculative Futures


University College Canadian Studies Program Proudly Presents

Playing with Time: Dystopic Presents and Speculative Futures

In this historical present of far-reaching instability and dystopian catastrophes, writers are imagining alternate worlds and futures. Black writers, Indigenous writers, writers of colour and queer writers of literature are breaking genres to surface the past and future to extend and change present trajectories. Our texts are haunted by the unresolved and ongoing past, informed by fissures in worldviews that create space to imagine the world to come. Our panel of writers will share their processes of creating books that challenge the boundaries of how we understand time and space, and what they are writing towards.

Cherie Dimaline, author of Empire of Wild (Random House, 2019)
Catherine Hernandez, author of Scarborough (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2017)
Canisia Lubrin, author of The Dyzgrapxst (McClelland & Stewart, 2020)
Thea Lim, author of An Ocean of Minutes (Penguin Random House, 2018)

Carrianne Leung, UC Barker Fairley Distinguished Visitor and author of That Time I Loved You (Harper Collins, 2018)

Thursday, February 25, 2021

This is a virtual event. Zoom details provided with registration confirmation

Faculty, students, alumni, and the public are cordially invited. 

Please RSVP by February 19, 2021. 

This event will have live Closed Captioning.

For more information contact:
uc.rsvp@utoronto.ca or 416-978-7416

Should you have an accessibility need for which you require accommodation, please let us know with your acceptance.

Register today!

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At this time, registration for the lecture is closed. Please contact uc.alumni@utoronto.ca for any questions.