The event, which takes place at Grand Parade on 11 July, is entitled ‘Extraordinary and Everyday Utopias: Shaping Shared Futures’. It has been co-organised by Dr Jessica Moriarty, Course Leader for Creative Writing BA and MA, and Dr Matthew Adams, Principal Lecturer in the School of Applied Social Science.
Bringing together academics, students, writers, artists and practitioners from across the world, the symposium seeks to explore how we can imagine better futures.
Dr Moriarty and Dr Adams said: “It seems we are often drawn to dystopian, rather than utopian visions of the future. Think Orwell’s 1984, Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale or the recent BBC mini-series Years & Years. We have put together this event together as a space for exploring more positive narratives.
“We asked academics, students, writers, artists and practitioners to share ideas that engage critically with contemporary issues, but emphasise understandings of the future that are distinctly utopian. The many responses we received following an initial call for papers suggests that in difficult times it is possible to collectively imagine better futures.”