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Further reflections on being a utopian in these times

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Show simple item record Moylan, Tom 2019-01-16T15:06:37Z 2019-01-16T15:06:37Z 2018
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract In this essay (a revision of my contribution at the closing session of the Imaginaries of the Future Leverhulme Network held in London in September 2017), I offer a situated commentary (by ‘me’) on ‘ourselves’ (and I know that category has to be deconstructed, complicated, exploded, erased, and yet retained) as utopians and on the work ‘we’ do, and can do (for this was a utopian conference). I begin with a reflection on the current mobilization of the term dystopia as a signifier for our times, and as I do so I offer a counterpoint to the ideological appropriation of dystopia by way of my own argument in Scraps of the Untainted Sky (Westview 2000) for the militant pessimism of the critical dystopia. I then comment on several interrelated matters: the role of the utopian as scholar and as intellectual; the context and import of our work, in the academy and in the world; the utopian problematic (in its inclusion of the utopian object of study and utopia as method); and the necessity, indeed urgency, of ‘our’ work in these critical times. My aim is tease out the utopian surplus within the utopian formation en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Open Library of Humanities;4 (2); 16, pp.1-16
dc.subject utopian en_US
dc.subject dystopia en_US
dc.title Further reflections on being a utopian in these times en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.16995/olh.264
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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