Thought-leaders gather to explore the impact of Science Fiction in the Middle East today and beyond

November 1, 2014 2:04 pm

Thought-leaders gather to explore the impact of Science Fiction in the Middle East today and beyond

Arab Science Fiction: From imagination to innovation is the theme of a ground-breaking panel discussion that will take place on Saturday 15 November, from 7 pm at the Science Museum, London.

Arab Science Fiction is part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Nour Festival of Arts. BBC broadcaster Samira Ahmed will chairs a stellar panel of visionary thinkers who offer new perspectives on whether nurturing creativity through science fiction could be more crucial to our global progress than we might realise. This is an evening of conversations between different spheres: science and the arts, East and West, academia and popular culture.

 Key questions under the spotlight include:

  • What is the link between technological innovation and artistic imagination?
  • Science fiction is often thought to be the ultimate bridge between science and the arts. Could exploring this symbiotic relationship enable the next generation to envisage an alternative future of the Middle East?
  • Can inventive forms of art, film and literature help to inspire new waves of scientific development in the Arab world today and beyond?

This event is produced in partnership with the Nour Festival of Arts and the Science Museum, as a sequel to the first Arab Science Fiction event held in 2013. This year’s event promises to be even more ambitious in scope and impact.

The panel of guest speakers includes scientist and award winning playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak, Science Fiction writer and co-founder of The League of Arab Sci-Fiers, Yasser Bahjatt, Ehsan Masood, writer and editor of Research Fortnight and writer Larissa Sansour.

Also present will be influential figures from the realms of fandom and publishing such as SFX, Forbidden Planet and SCI-FI-LONDON, Gollancz, British Science Fiction Association and the Science Fiction Foundation, as well as key representatives from the British Interplanetary Society, Imperial College a

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