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As part of its Horizons of the Humanities initiative, the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) will be hosting a conversation on the futuristic and political featuring academics and writers. The event, themed “Out There: 5 Talkbits on War Futures in Outer Spaces,” will be “an intimate dialogue centered around questions of territoriality, violence, and belonging as they relate to discourses of outer space.”

The panelists are Brittle Paper founder Ainehi Edoro, Assistant Professor of Global Black Literatures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Keith Spencer, author and editor at Salon; Camae Ayewa and Rasheedah Phillips, creators of Black Quantum Futurism; and Jamie Thomas, Assistant Professor at Swarthmore College.

Date: 17 November 2018

Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Women’s Center for Creative Work, Los Angeles.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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