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Indigenous Speculative Fiction (PAMLA 2023) (PAMLA)

Portland, Oregon
Organization: PAMLA
Event: PAMLA
Categories: Postcolonial, Hispanic & Latino, Interdisciplinary, Genre & Form, Popular Culture, Literary Theory, World Literatures, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2023-10-26 to 2023-10-29 Abstract Due: 2023-05-31

Speculative Fiction has become the space in which imaginings of the future proliferate, not totally free of the specter of history, but free from the fatalism that subaltern communities often are forced to cope with under the weight of that history. As such, Indigenous writers, both in the US and in the rest of the world, have turned to the genre as a way to construct futurisms of survivance and resistance. Because settler histories work towards indigenous erasure, the question of individual and communal autonomy is central. In this context, Speculative Fiction has become a key component in the Indigenous fight to regain personal and communal autonomy from narratives of erasure and abjection.


Indigenous literature often subverts Western expectations and in doing so highlights the grievances of the dispossessed. This dispossession takes the form of erasure of both the individual and the community from official histories. Historically, these marginalized communities have been kept from academia and silenced in discussions. Speculative Fiction, then, has become an outlet, a genre in which marginalized peoples can discuss the atrocities inflicted on them and create worlds where this oppression is dismantled and destroyed. Holding space to discuss this Speculative Fiction in academia and critically review its social critique brings the voices of the dispossessed to the forefront and gives them power over the narratives of their people. It is with these goals in mind that we feel it is imperative and essential to hold a panel not just on Indigenous literature but Indigenous Speculative Fiction so as to represent the full scope of Indigenous voices in literary discourse.


This panel is to be held at PAMLA 2023 in Portland, Oregon at the Hilton Portland Hotel between Thursday, October 26 and Sunday, October 29, 2023.


To submit, please go to: https://pamla.ballastacademic.com/Home/S/18744

For more information, please feel free to reach out or go to: https://www.pamla.org/conference/2023-conference-theme/



Carlos Tkacz