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Workshop: AI Narratives in Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction

17 November 2020

The second in a series of three workshops held over the course of six months. Each workshop will consist of speaker presentations and panels covering a range of relevant topics. Workshops will be held in Chinese with simultaneous translation to English.

PROGRAMME
Workshop 2 - November 17, 2020
16:00-19:30 CST (8:00-11:30 BST)
AI Narratives in Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction;
Platform: Zoom
Language: Chinese, with simultaneous interpretation into English
 
16:00-16:20 CST (8:00-8:20 BST) Introductions
SONG Bing, Vice President, Co-Director, Berggruen Research Center, Peking University
Kanta Dihal, Postdoctoral Researcher, Project Lead on Global Narratives, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge
 
16:20-16:50 CST (8:20-8:50 BST) Talk 1  
WU Yan (吴岩), Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology
 
16:50-17:20 CST (8:50-9:20 BST) Talk 2  
ZHANG Feng (张峰,笔名三丰Sanfeng), Researcher, Southern University Science and Technology  
 
17:20-17:50 CST (9:20-9:50 BST) Q&A
 
17:50-18:00 CST (9:50-10:00 BST) Break 
 
18:00-19:30 CST (10:00-11:30 BST) Roundtable Discussion
Feidao, Chen
Qiufan, Hao
Jingfang, Xia Jia 
 
Discussion points:
 
How does Chinese sci-fi literature since the 1990s, compare to sci-fi writing in the west?
How does the the wandering earth narrative and Chinese perspectives on home influence ideas about the impact of AI on the future 
 
SUGGESTED READINGS
 
ABOUT CHINESE FICTION
What Makes Chinese Fiction Chinese? Xia Jia and Ken Liu,
The Worst of All Possible Universes and the Best of All Possible Earths: Three Body and Chinese Science Fiction Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu
Science Fiction in China: 2016 in Review
 
SHORT NOVELS ABOUT ROBOTS/AI/ALGORITHM:
The Robot Who Liked to Tell Tall Tales Feidao, translated by Ken Liu
Goodnight, Melancholy Xia Jia, translated by Ken Liu
The Reunion Chen Qiufan translated by Emily Jin and Ken Liu, MIT Technology Review, December 16, 2018
Folding Beijing Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu

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