The Philip K. Dick Reading Group meets at the University of NSW monthly. It aims to foster dialogue and scholarly opportunities between researchers at all stages of study in any discipline in respect of the novels and written works of Philip K. Dick. The group also invites reading and discussion of authors, critics and works that are cogent or related to Dick’s world, be that his world of California in the 1950s-80s, or the broader themes of Dick’s novels: dystopian futures, technophobia, precrime, and so on. We engage in monthly discussion on the thematic, poetic, narratological, conceptual, and broadly cultural ideas apparent in Dick’s science fiction and philosophical writing. Readings are preassigned, although the schedule is flexible to allow for digression and structured development of the group’s own analytic and theoretical interests. For 2014, the reading group has undertaken to read the Exegesis of Philip K. Dick, a 900-page volume that Dick wrote in his later years. Expertise on this work or other of Dick’s works is by no means a prerequisite for participation; all readers at all levels of familiarity with Philip K. Dick are welcome. The broader endeavour of the group is to interrogate the persistence of Dick’s works in the cultural and political praxes of contemporary global society.
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The group meets on the first Thursday of each month in Room 310 (Level 3) of the Webster Building at the University of New South Wales, from 5:30pm – 7pm.