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Friday, May 13 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Language as Rebellion

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Historically conquerors often forced populations to use their language. The fact that America still has Latin on its money is a lingering remnant of a time when England was a colony of Rome. Hawaiian was nearly eradicated. In 1912 the Republic of China replace "Literary Chines" with the Bejing dialect of Mandarin as the official governing language. Since SFF often features disenfranchised people, how can we use language to demonstrate conflict and rebellion?"

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Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older is the author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books and the Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastic, 2015), a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, which was shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature and named one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read. He co-edited the Locus and World Fantasy nominated anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the... Read More →

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avatar for Tamara Vardomskaya

Tamara Vardomskaya

Tamara Vardomskaya is a Canadian writer. She is a graduate of the 2014 Clarion Writing Workshop, and her fiction has appeared at Tor.com, GigaNotoSaurus, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She is currently a Ph.D candidate in linguistics at the University of Chicago. She has been on panels at the 2015 World Fantasy Convention, the 2015 Nebula Awards Weekend, and SFContario.

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Kelly Robson

Kelly Robson's first fiction appeared in 2015 at Tor.com, Clarkesworld, and Asimov's, and in the anthologies New Canadian Noir, In the Shadow of the Towers, and Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond. Her novella "Waters of Versailles" is a finalist for the 2015 Nebula Award and the 2015 Aurora Award, and her short story "The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill" is a finalist for the 2015 Theodore Sturgeon Award. Kelly lives in Toronto... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
LaSalle 1

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