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The Imaginary Reconstitution of Society: Utopia as Method

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This lecture argues that Utopia should be taken more seriously, both by social scientists and by the wider citizenry.


The Imaginary Reconstitution of Society: Utopia as Method

Abstract: This lecture argues that Utopia should be taken more seriously, both by social scientists and by the wider citizenry. It begins by exploring what is meant by utopia, the tension between what is desirable and what is possible, and the quest for fulfillment that lies at utopia's core, figured as 'looking for the blue'. Against this must be set the fear of utopia, that attempts at its imposition will lead to inevitable failure or totalitarianism. However, this fear and/or danger arises principally from the treatment of utopia as goal, rather than as method. Its power as method can be illustrated by application to contemporary politics, in the idea of the 'inclusive society', the quest to 'make poverty history', and the need for a more sustainable future. The positive power of utopia rests not only in the representation of the world 'otherwise' but on the treatment of that imaginary reconstitution of society as a provisional, reflexive, and dialogic exploration of future possibilities. The lecture is accompanied by photographic and musical illustration.


Speaker(s):

Professor Ruth Levitas | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

2 May 2007 at 6:00 pm

Duration:

1 hour

 

Venue:

University of Kent
Grimond Lecture Theatre
Canterbury
CT2 7NZ
01227 824472

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Organised by:

AHRC Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality
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