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Books Beyond Boundaries NI Conference: Nationhood, Identity, and Speculative Fiction

15th-16th January 2022, Online

“Culture is the context within which we need to situate the self, for it is only by virtue of the interpretations, orientations and values provided by culture that we can formulate our identities, say ‘who we are’, and ‘where we are coming from.’”

(Benhabib, 2000:18)

From C.S. Lewis to James White, Northern Irish and Irish fiction is best known for its imagined histories, futures, and alternate realities. However, speculative fiction from ethnic minority writers have been notably absent from the literary canon. While the island of Ireland has continued to grow more culturally diverse in the 21st century, there has been little engagement with how the cultural identity of Northern Ireland and Ireland has been transformed through immigration.

The Books Beyond Boundaries NI Conference will welcome two days of presentations which discuss how speculative art shapes our understanding of cultural identity, and how Northern Ireland and Ireland can benefit from diversifying and decolonizing our community.

Tickets available through Eventbrite now.

Full conference pack can be downloaded here.