Feminism + SciFi Forum

The Feminism + SciFi Forum (F+SFF) reflects the coming together of the missions of the Emily Taylor Center and our co-sponsor the KU Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction, which are “to challenge the status quo to achieve gender equity using an intersectional feminist lens” 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 and collectively imagine alternatives to our unjust world. Participants will practice facilitation, critical thinking, and respectful discussion skills. In addition, by reading works written by women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ authors, we encourage the Gunn Center to integrate voices and perspectives that are marginalized within the genre, on our campus, and in our larger society into their existing offerings.



Wednesday, February 6th, 5:30pm - 8pm

Black Mirror’s “USS Callister” and Toxic Masculinity

with Megan Williams & Miguel Roel

KU Memorial Union, Jayhawk Room  


Wednesday, February 27th, 5:30pm - 7pm

Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone

with Jameelah Jones

KU Memorial Union, KU Bookstore, Jayhawk Ink Lounge


Wednesday, March 20th, 5:30pm - 7pm

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale

with Alec Feather & Desiree Neyens

KU Memorial Union, KU Bookstore, Jayhawk Ink Lounge


Wednesday, April 10th, 5:30pm - 7pm

Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer

with Matthew García

KU Memorial Union, Jayhawk Room


Wednesday, April 24th, 5:30pm - 7pm

Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction & Fantasy from Transgender Writers

with Piper McCain

KU Memorial Union, KU Bookstore, Jayhawk Ink Lounge

Co-sponsored by the KU Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity


Our co-sponsor, the KU BOOKSTORE, will have copies of Chidren of Blood and Bone, The Handmaid's Tale, and Meanwhile, Elsewhere 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 program coordinator Megan Williams. 

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