From Sindbad to Sci-Fi: Re-imagining Arab Science Fiction

Sci-Fi salon in association with the Nour Festival

2 October 2013 from 7pm to 9pm

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Science fiction has continually evolved to reflect the impact of science, technology and socio-political change on ourselves and our globalised societies. For hundreds of years, epic writers such as Ibn al-Nafis explored new ideas by posing big questions such as "What's out there?", "Are we alone?" and "Who are we?"

From Sindbad to Sci-Fi: Re-imagining Arab Science Fiction is a salon to explore the transition of science fiction narratives between East and West, unravelling its journey from the past to the present and looking at what might lay ahead.

Join our panel of 'thought police' busters to explore trends in contemporary science fiction from the Arab world as well as emerging works from Middle-Eastern diaspora living in the West. Take part in a unique thought experiment to imagine what impact a mass revival of Arab science fiction could have on our world.

6 speakers

8 known attendees

  • Nico Fanget
  • Quentin Cooper
  • Yasmin Khan
  • Sindbad Sci-Fi
  • Khyle Raja
  • Samira Ahmed
  • Muslim Institute
  • Amal El-Mohtar

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