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School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

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Exploring Utopias

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We might think of the new onset of the Utopian process as a kind of desiring to desire, a learning to desire, the invention of the desire called utopia in the first place — Fredric Jameson

Featuring theorists and researchers connected to the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, this seminar will explore utopias from the perspective of key debates in cultural studies, critical heritage studies and feminist theory.

Participants:

Diane Morgan is a Lecturer in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies. Her areas of research include Enlightenment philosophy, C19th French utopian socialism, Animal Studies and Social Activism. Her publications include Kant Trouble: The Obscurities of the Enlightened (2000) and Kant for Architects (2017) and (co-edited) Nihilism Now! Monsters of Energy and Cosmopolitics and the Emergence of a Future (2007). She is currently finishing a monograph entitled Kant, Cosmopolitics and Globality. She is a member of the Utopian Studies Society.

Liz Stainforth is a Lecturer in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies. Her research investigates the potential of utopia as a critical method of analysis for studies of history and heritage, primarily in the context of digital cultural heritage projects. She is an associate editor for parallax journal and has published in the journals Museum and Society and The Journal of Curatorial Studies, among others.

Lenka Vráblíková is a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies. She works in the fields of critical university studies, continental philosophy, cultural studies, feminist theory, and theories of art education. Her article ‘From Performativity to Aporia: Taking Tremendous Responsibilities towards Feminism and the University’ was published in journal Gender and Education in 2016. Lenka is an associate editor for parallax journal and a co-founder of a trans-national and trans-lingual Sdružení Feministického Čtení/Feminist Readings Network.

Chair: Helen Graham, Associate Professor in In/tangible Heritage

The venue is Room G.04 in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University Road, University of Leeds. See here for a campus map.

It is free to attend and all are welcome.

This event is organised by the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, as part of the research seminar series.

 

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