IUPUI is pleased to announce that the Mellon Foundation has awarded a three-year grant for the project Speculative Play and Just Futurities. The grant is the result of the Mellon Foundation’s call for projects that highlight the role of the literary imagination in making and remaking worlds and societies, past and present.
Speculative Play and Just Futurities establishes eight residencies per year, for three years, for a diverse group of emerging scholars and creators who are imagining new futures focused on social justice.
The residencies, based at IUPUI, are open to all scholars and creators who have a track record of work focused on addressing social justice issues facing historically marginalized groups—including Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and LGBTQ+ communities as well as Persons with Disabilities (ideally with an emphasis on recognizing intersectional identities and experiences within these communities).
Residents may include writers, game designers, poets, dramaturges, filmmakers, VR/AR storytellers, ludologists, critical theorists, and more—essentially individuals who are engaged in constructing (or creating frameworks for others to construct) alternative humanistic narratives that expand understanding of what literature can be and the ways that it can help people imagine and enact just futures.
Speculative Play and Just Futurities is a collaboration between the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute, the Center for Africana Studies and Culture, and the Ray Bradbury Center.
For more information, visit https://www.spjf.org. Please sign up for the newsletter, which will keep you up-to-date on program announcements, events, and calls for applications for fellows-in-residence.
For inquiries, please contact the project PI, Jason M. Kelly, Director of the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org.