ISTERIKA ISTORIKA_reading club on feminisms of any genre & gender
/ gruppo di lettura su femminismi di ogni genere
by Caterina Giansiracusa, Sara Cattin, Marti del Romano e Denise Cappadonia
since 2020, every month at Nora Book and Coffee, via delle Orfane 24d, Turin
(reading club in Italian language only)
La letteratura fantascientifica contro la violenza di genere (sci-fi literature against gender violence), online article by Bergamo per i Giovani, City of Bergamo's blog (IT)
Robe da Matt* Festival, XI edition 'Oltre il Limite', Turin. Isterika's bibliography in relation to neuro-diversity, presentation
BACO Base Arte Contemporanea Odierna, Bergamo -
A mini series of reading club sessions, collaboration with Sara Benaglia
Il Mio Genere è Top Secret - fantascienza queer e trans (my gender is top secret - queer and trans scienze fiction), Turin.
Book presentation with translator Marti del Romano, with support of publisher Future Fiction (Rome)
Volumes - art publishing days, Zurich.
Workshop at Volumes book fair
ISTERIKA ISTORIKA is an informal and horizontal reading club that explores femminist, transfemminist and queer narratives. By focusing on science fiction, fantasy, dystopian fiction, and critical theory, we curate a non-academic and open space for discussion.
It started in 2020 as an online montly meeting during the Covid pandemic, and in 2021 it physically moved at Nora Book and Coffee, queer and transfeminist independednt bookstore in Turin, founded and managed by Denise Cappadonia.
Since 2022 we started a collaboration with Sara Benaglia at BACO Base Arte Contemporanea Odierna, Bergamo.
Participations in the reading sessions are always open and free of commitment. We propose some titles as a starting point, just until the rest of the group is able to voice links and webs between authors, writing styles, themes, historical moments, etc. The bibliography is always in a process of becoming, a collective brainstorming and an original line of associations.
Our intent is to approach issues collectivelly, through the meeting points that different feminist and transfemminist narratives can offer. Queer sci-fi and other related visionary genres became to us a way to explore narrative freedom, aiming to find new languagges and worlds to think, perceive, and act.
Our bibliography includes Octavia E. Butler - Laura Pugno - Ursula K. Le Guin - Leonora Carrington - Donna Haraway - Guadalupe Nettel - Anna Maria Ortese - Silvia Frederici - Margaret Cavendish - Han Kang - Federica Timeto - Thomas Gilbert - Angela Carter - Susan Palwick - Val Plamwood - Janette Winterson - Mary Shelley - Rosi Braidotti - Naomi Alderman - Paul B. Preciado - Filo Sottile - Isabel Fall - Antonia Caruso - Amal El Mhotar - Max Gladstone and others.