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Sunday, April 18 • 21:00 - 21:50
Fantasy Maps and Worldbuilding from a Non-Eurocentric Perspective

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Maps are a tool used for representing a certain worldview; literally, to present what a culture 'sees' and elide what they consider unimportant. European ways of seeing, of mapmaking, are what we are most familiar with, from Strabo to Mercator. But mapmaking traditions from around the world can give us a glimpse into a different way of seeing. And from this different perspective, we can create more diverse worlds and widen the scope of the types of stories we can tell. In this panel, we will talk about some examples of non-European cartography, mapmaking and colonization, and non-European geographies with their worldbuilding possibilities.

Moderators
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Sid Jain

Biotech engineer and science fiction/ fantasy author specializing in postcapitalism, post-colonialism, and post-cyberpunk. Interested in themes of utopia, climate change, science-military-industry-acedemia nexus, history of technology and politics. Published in Podcastle and Uncanny... Read More →

Speakers
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Charis Loke

Illustrator, mapmaker and comics editor
Charis Loke (she/dia) is an illustrator and comics editor based in Penang, Malaysia. Her art draws upon literature and visual culture, exploring both real and fictional worlds; she's illustrated maps for fantasy novels like The Bone Shard Daughter and Queen of the Conquered, made... Read More →
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Janna Ruth

Writer, Translator & Editor
Janna Ruth is a German award-winning speculative fiction writer, living in Wellington New Zealand. As a former geologist, she has a special love for worldbuilding and fantasy maps (and fights the good fight for more downhill flowing rivers). She's also an editor, proofreader and English... Read More →
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Suyi Davies Okungbowa

Author
Suyi Davies Okungbowa is a Nigerian author of fantasy, science fiction and other speculative works inspired by his West-African origins. His new epic fantasy trilogy, The Nameless Republic, is forthcoming from Orbit, beginning in May 2021 with Son of the Storm. His highly-anticipated... Read More →
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Jane Pinckard

Attendee
Miyuki Jane Pinckard is a writer, critic, and educator who has studied the culture of video games for fifteen years. She's spoken about building safer, more inclusive spaces at conferences including the Game Developers Conference and the Queer Games Conference. She's served as Vice... Read More →


Sunday April 18, 2021 21:00 - 21:50 UTC
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