Stranger Fictions

Stranger Fictions is a forum for creative exploration through conversation and writing. It draws out themes and topics of concern to researchers working across the interdisciplinary fields of contemporary ICT research.

Each session of Stranger Fictions focuses on a theme or topic chosen and developed by a member of the EDGE programme. The aims of each session is simple:

  • to make room for active listening, critical reflection
    and honesty between people from different backgrounds and

  • to challenge clichés in academic research through
    creative methods and humour;

  • to reveal assumptions and values embedded in academic institutions, mind-sets
    and disciplines;

The sessions are hosted by Jessica Foley and EDGE Fellow Harun Siljak, often in a space or venue that resonates with the topic under discussion. The mainstay of each session is the act of conversation and writing in response to a theme or topic. But each session is as varied and different as the people taking part!

Stranger Fictions is a research-creation method created and devised by Jessica Foley. The
sessions contribute to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie EDGE Fellowships training and development programme, and are supported by CONNECT and the Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowships 2018-20.