Feminism + Sci Fi Forum

The Feminism + SciFi Forum (F+SFF) reflects the coming together of the missions of the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity and our parter the KU Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction, which are to challenge the status quo by practicing intersectional trans-inclusive feminism as a route to gender equity and to “save the world through science fiction,” respectively. The purpose of our F+SFF is to use the popular genres of speculative and science fiction to explore the ways gender and sexism – as they intersect with other identities and systems of oppression – operate at an individual, interpersonal, and societal level. Using speculative and science fiction, participants will analyze social issues using an intersectional feminist perspective in the hopes of collectively imagining alternatives to our unjust world. By exploring works by women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ authors, we encourage centering and integrating voices and perspectives that are marginalized within the genre, on our campus, and in our larger society.



FALL 2019

See You Yesterday with Alessandra Jacobo & Christopher Peace

Salt Fish Girl with Desiree Neyens

Black Mirror, S:4, E:1, “U.S.S. Callister” with Desiree Neyens

Black Mirror, S:5 E:1, “Striking Vipers” with Anthony Boynton



Children of Blood and Bone with Jameelah Jones

The Handmaid’s Tale with Desiree Neyens & Alec Feather

Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer with Matthew Garcia

Meanwhile, Elsewhere with Piper McCain


FALL 2018

Red Clocks with Desiree Neyens

Akata Witch with Anthony Boynton



The Power with Desiree Neyens

Herland with Megan Williams

Binti with Abby Gonzales Hoffmann

Kindred with Anthony Boynton


FALL 2017

F+SFF Launch featuring Kij Johnson

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe with Desiree Neyens

Octavia’s Brood with Desiree Neyens & Megan Williams


Our co-sponsor, the KU BOOKSTORE, will have copies of our book selections in stock and available for purchase at a 20% discount for those with a valid KU ID.



This online community is for people interested in exploring the connections between science fiction and feminism. This group is associated with the KU Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity and the KU Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction's Feminism + Sci Fi Forum. In this forum, we analyze and discuss science fiction using an intersectional feminist perspective. The group is co-organized by KU staff member Desiree Neyens and ETC Assistant Director Megan Williams.


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