Weird Fictions Research Group
is happy to announce online workshops and lecture
The Day of the Hybrids

Friday, June 5, 2020

Schedule

June 5, 2020, 10:45am-12:15pm
Hybrids, monsters and unfinished texts: some stories for the anxious (lecture)
Line Henriksen
(IT University of Copenhagen)

In this lecture, I discuss writing anxiety and the encounter with the unfinished text. I draw on the emerging field of monster studies in order to discuss the troubled relationship between creator and creature in the context of the writing process, and I suggest reimagining writing and reading as hybrid, open-ended practices.

(2 OZN for ASC students)

June 5, 2020, 12:30pm-14:30pm
Writing Monsters (workshop)
Line Henriksen
(IT University of Copenhagen)

In this workshop, participants bring a text they are not completely happy with, that  they don’t know how to finish or/and that makes them anxious – in other words, ‘monstrous’, unfinished creations. We will use collage and collaboration to find new ways of writing and create hybrid texts, based on our old works.

(limit: 12 people, 3 OZN for ASC students)

June 5, 2020, 15:00pm-17:00pm
KK1307 – przepis na hybrydę (workshop IN POLISH)
Karolina Żyniewicz & Kuba Piątkowski
(University of Warsaw)

Proponujemy wielowarstwowy namysł nad pojęciem hybrydy oraz rzeczywistą hybrydą poprzez stworzenie cybrydy: prawdziwej hybrydy z naszych komórek somatycznych, która ma jądro komórkowe od jednego z nas, a mitochondria od drugiego. Chcemy też dać uczestnikom możliwość stworzenia własnego przepisu na hybrydę.

(limit: 15 people, 3 OZN for ASC students)

Registration at dayofthehybrids@gmail.com (until May 24)
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About us

Weird Fictions Research Group at the American Studies Center,
University of Warsaw was first established as a students’ reading
group in 2018. In early 2020 we transformed into a full-fledged
research group focused on weird fiction, SF, horror, and fantasy.
Sounds interesting? Join us!

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