Alienation and the Intersection of Science and Fiction: Imagining Dis/Utopias

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 16:00-17:30
Location: Seminar 34 (Juridicum)
RC36 Alienation Theory and Research (host committee)

Language: English

From critical race theorists to magical realism literatura, to Marxist visions of class utopia, to Octavia Butler’s visions of black feminist liberation, scholars from an array of theoretical orientations have wrestled with how to conceptualize with the role of the subject, the state, and what is science and fiction. 
More specifically, what is the role of fiction in imagining non-alienated utopias? How does humanist and positivist traditions reconcile/meld/clash with the quest to understand and alleviate alienation in all of its forms? Further, what are the consequenses of deconstructing our disciplinary boundaries, particularly between creative writing and social scientific research design?
Session Organizer:
Matthew HUGHEY, University of Connecticut, USA
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