Diversity and its Discontents

the changing landscape of science fiction & video games
Friday, August 5, 2016 - 9:00am to Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 5:00pm

Diversity and its Discontents

Diversity and its Discontents: The Changing Landscape of Science Fiction and Video Games (Powell Library)

As science fiction and video games have become more diverse, writers and developers have faced backlash from those who believe that white male writers should be centered in these genres. This controversy has played out in the prestigious Hugo Awards, which have increasingly been inclusive of minoritized writers, and on social media, where the Gamergate movement has targeted women who speak out in favor of diversity. This exhibit explores the ways in which science fiction and video games are evolving, highlighting diverse writers and game designers directly impacted by these controversies, and the ways that diversity and prejudice play out in publishing, design, and marketing.

Zines and Diverse Voices: Highlights from the Powell Community Zine Collection (Powell Library)

Zines have long served as vehicles for writers, thinkers, and artists marginalized by mainstream publishing, and Powell Library’s Community Zine Collection features personal essays, comics, political manifestos, guides to activism, and more. Visitors are invited to browse the zines in this interactive exhibit.


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