Utopias, Futures and Temporalities: Critical Considerations for Social Change Symposium


19 May 2015 to 20 May 2015
Bristol Zoo Gardens; Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HA,

How have different societies in different periods thought about ‘the future’? What role have different conceptions of the future played in confronting the problems of the present or reflecting on those of the past? What role does the future play in creating and connecting communities? How do narratives across past, present and future cohere? How do societies and communities use and construct utopias and other forms of anticipation to build agency and capacity for change? What impedes or enables these processes?


This two-day interdisciplinary symposium aims to bring together researchers, Civil Society Organisations, NGOs and other groups concerned with questions of social and environmental change, humanitarian challenges, and community empowerment and participation, with philosophers, artists, historians, theorists, social scientists and other disciplines concerned with questions of temporality, futures and utopias.