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Alien Encounters and Indigenous Futurisms in Sci-fi film and TV 
Leonie Stevens (Monash University)
Lynette Russell (Monash University)
David Haworth (Monash University)
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Tuesday 7 June, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

An interdisciplinary exploration of how Indigenous Futurisms informs and subverts traditional sci-fi representations of first encounters between peoples, cultures, languages, and technologies.

Long Abstract:

Encounters between peoples, cultures, languages, and technologies across time and space have formed the beating heart of science fiction narratives in film and television since the 1960s. In step with western cultural "turns", the representation of Indigenous peoples has evolved from passive actors to active agents and stakeholders, to resisters and reclaimers, and now, with Indigenous Futurisms, as authors of the narratives around exploration, discovery, and navigating first contacts between cultures. In this panel, we invite contributions from across disciplines that challenge or interrogate representations of Indigenous peoples at the moment of intercultural encounter.

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Session 1 Tuesday 7 June, 2022, -