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Genre Beyond the Anglophone

Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square

This event begins with a guest lecture by Dr Lars Schmeink, Leverhulme Professor of German Studies at the University of Leeds, titled "Changing the Voices of Science Fiction: The Progressive Fantastic in Germany." This lecture on German-language science and speculative fiction will be followed by a panel of scholars and writers discussing "Genre Beryond the Anglophpone," exploring progressive culture in speculative fiction written and read in China, the Middle East, and South East Asia.


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  • Dr Caroline Edwards
  • Dr Lars Schmeink -

    Dr Lars Schmeink is currently Leverhulme Professor of German Studies at the University of Leeds, visiting from his position as Research Fellow at the Europa-Universität Flensburg, where he just applied for funding for a larger research project on science fiction as a form of science communication. Before coming to Leeds, he concluded his work as principal investigator of the federally funded „Science Fiction“ subproject for the „FutureWork“ network, an interdisciplinary research group working on the development of work and society. In 2010, he inaugurated the first German academic organization dealing with research into the fantastic, the Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung, and served as its president for ten years. He is the author of Biopunk Dystopias (2016), and the co-editor of Cyberpunk and Visual Culture (2018), The Routledge Companion to Cyberpunk Culture (2020), Fifty Key Figures in Cyberpunk Culture (2022) and New Perspectives on Contemporary German Science Fiction (2022).