Extraordinary and Everyday Utopias

Extraordinary and Everyday Utopias

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Extraordinary and Everyday Utopias: shaping shared futures

This one-day symposium gathers together academics, students, writers, artists and practitioners committed to developing imaginative, creative and ethical narratives of desirable futures to meet contemporary social challenges.


Keynote speakers:

Activist and author of What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape, Sohaila Abdulali

Photographer and social commentator, Miguel Amortegui

Other Activities:

The day will include a live performance project by Murmuration Arts, who will devise a creative response to the event

We will discuss how presenters and attendees might contribute to the post-conference publication that is being planned to include creative and critical work with the publisher Routledge.

All food and refreshments will be vegetarian and vegan friendly

Symposium Contributors:

Katrina Abbatuan, University of Brighton
Hannah Aston, University of Brighton
Suryamayi Clarence-Smith, University of Sussex
Molly Drummond, University of Keele
Mary Gearey, University of Brighton
Fergus Heron, University of Brighton
Paul Howard, University of Brighton
Kate Meakin, University of Sussex
Tony Kalume, Diversity Lewes
Christina Reading, Independent Artist and Researcher
John O'Donoghue, University of Brighton
Neil Ravescroft, Royal Agricultural University
Nicholas Van Hear, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford
Sally-Shakti Willow, University of Westminster

This symposium is hosted by the University of Brighton's Creative Futures
Symposium Organisers
Dr Matt Adams, Principal Lecturer, School of Applied Social Sciences
Dr Jess Moriarty, Principal Lecturer, School of Humanities

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