Disrupting Distopia

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Abstract

Felicity Artemis talks about how the widespread influence of dystopian storytelling in books and entertainment media psychologically imprints us to expect the dystopian realities that are actually happening now on Earth.

She sees the need to incite a futuristic storytelling strategy, amongst ourselves and in the entertainment industry, that disrupts the dystopian narrative and infuses the collective imagination with amazing stories of a future that is distinctly divergent from dystopia, stories that give us a new psychic blueprint from which to create. Felicity Artemis is a daughter of survivors of the Nazi holocaust, which informs her unique perspective on the human condition and the existential realities we’re currently facing.

For over 40 years Felicity has wielded words to connect the dots between seemingly separate social issues. Her work exposes how supremacist ideologies such as racism, sexism and systemic disrespect for the natural world, have worked together to cause harm to the human psyche and resulted in the creation of dysfunctional social and economic systems.

Felicity has presented lectures, classes and workshops and sat on numerous panels at college conferences, N.O.W. conferences, and many other venues around the U.S. in the areas of Eco-feminism and Social/Environmental Justice.

Her current work is centered in Future Mythmaking, about the fundamental importance of creating new stories that disrupt the dominant dystopian narrative in order to create a New Mythology, a new psychological blueprint for the future. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Felicity Artemis - Self-educated socio-political theorist, educator, performance poet, radical truth-teller and future mythologist.

Felicity Artemis is a daughter of survivors of the Nazi holocaust, which informs her unique perspective on the human condition and the existential realities we’re currently facing. For over 40 years Felicity has wielded words to connect the dots between seemingly separate social issues. Her work exposes how supremacist ideologies such as racism, sexism and systemic disrespect for the natural world, have worked together to cause harm to the human psyche and resulted in the creation of dysfunctional social and economic systems. Felicity has presented lectures, classes and workshops and sat on numerous panels at college conferences, N.O.W. conferences, and many other venues around the U.S. in the areas of Eco-feminism and Social/Environmental Justice. Her current work is centered in Future Mythmaking, about the fundamental importance of creating new stories that disrupt the dominant dystopian narrative in order to create a New Mythology, a new psychological blueprint for the future.

Publication Date

2020

Subjects

Dystopias, Storytelling, Futurism (Literary movement), Science fiction

Disciplines

Creative Writing | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Social Justice

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