Category Archives: Issue no. 12

Introduction: Radical Speculation and Ursula K. Le Guin

Ada is a journal of gender, new media, and technology: three terms that are unstable both in themselves and in their interactions. While our readers can often expect to find scholarly accounts of digital spaces that range from social media to artistic practice, from institutionalized knowledge production to radical social movements, technologies of gender and … Continue reading Introduction: Radical Speculation and Ursula K. Le Guin

Radical Imagination And The Left Hand of Darkness

Abstract: “Radical Imagination and The Left Hand of Darkness” considers creative practice as crucial in the process of world building. Looking to Ursula K. Le Guin as a model for imagination as a radical practice we find that the critical question is how we proceed as our failures become clear.   Imagining is a radical practice. … Continue reading Radical Imagination And The Left Hand of Darkness

Communizing Care in The Left Hand Of Darkness

Abstract: In this essay I combine a reading of The Left Hand of Darkness with autobiographical accounts of queer/trans reproduction and childrearing. Contrasting my own experiments in “50/50” parenting with the vision of care elaborated in the novel, I draw attention to the importance of caring labor to radical queer and trans politics more generally. … Continue reading Communizing Care in The Left Hand Of Darkness

Imagining a Trans World

Abstract: Le Guin’s work is well known as a foundation of feminist science fiction’s analysis of gender. But can contemporary readers understand The Left Hand of Darkness as a transgender text? To demonstrate what is gained by reading trans authors, I offer my own series of poems, Pregnancy, as an example.   Le Guin’s Thought … Continue reading Imagining a Trans World

Instantiating Imaginactivism: Le Guin’s The Dispossessed as Inspiration

Abstract: This article introduces the concept of imaginactivism to investigate the ways in which interpretive and activist communities are formed, inspired and reinvigorated by fictional cultural production. Several instantiations of imaginactivism, including a film pitch, a collection of short stories, and a panel organized for the Tiptree Symposium are discussed.   Introduction When the planning … Continue reading Instantiating Imaginactivism: Le Guin’s The Dispossessed as Inspiration

The NishPossessed: Reading Le Guin in Indian Country

Transcribed by Fembot Collective members Carolyn Elerding, Robin Johnson, Tatiana Ades, Urszula Pruchniewska, and Nehal El-Hadi. Edited for publication by Alexis Lothian.   Aaniin! Aaniin is our word for “hello” in Anishinaabemowin. It literally means I see the light in you. And I see many lights today. So much that it is Sâgassige gisiss—the sun … Continue reading The NishPossessed: Reading Le Guin in Indian Country