African Speculative Fiction Lectures

The Department of African Languages and Cultures, SOAS, University of London, is hosting a new lecture series from February 2017 focusing on speculative fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora. The series is open to all those who are passionate about speculative fictions from Africa, including university students at all levels of their academic development. The series will explore the genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and magic realism. Details are here, and also see the attached programme with details about the lectures.

programme spec series

22nd February 6-8pm Dr. Nicholas Wood: South African Speculative Fiction


1st March 5 – 6pm Dr. Polina Levontin: Scientists in Nigerian Science Fiction


1st March 6 – 8pm Miriam Pahl: Literature as a Lighthouse: African Science Fiction and Ecocritical Representations of War and Conflict


8th March 4- 5.30pm Sinéad Murphy: Predicting’ the Arab Spring: forces of genre and culture in Egyptian Science Fiction


8th March 6-8pm Geoff Ryman:  Title TBC


22nd March 6-8pm Dr. Christos Callow: Performing Afrofuturism: Science fiction theatre and the work of Andrea Hairston
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About Donna Scott

Chair of the BSFA since June 2013. Prior to this I was Awards Administrator, taking over that role from Claire Briarley in 2008. I am officially Donna Bond since getting married in May 2013, but continue to write and perform under my previous name, Donna Scott. My short fiction stories have been published in various anthologies and magazines, and I was winner of the inaugural Short Cuts at the MAC in 2005. As a comedian, I have performed all over the UK. Comedy has also given me the opportunity to perform alongside big names like Sarah Millican and Jasper Carrott! As a poet, I've also performed all over the place, including lots of science fiction conventions, and sometimes my poetry and comedy get kind of mixed up. I was the first official Bard of Northampton, it's true. I've got a tankard that says so... I love being a part of the BSFA - I've always been a devourer of books and being part of this association has enabled me to explore some great science fiction classics - and classics of the future, that I might otherwise have not heard about. I've met some lovely people with an enthusiasm for the genre, made firm friends, and got to meet some of my favourite writers, too! As a writer, I also have to say that FOCUS is the best magazine for writers I've ever come across - and as a member I get that for free. Who wouldn't want to be a part of this?

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