Monday, November 5, 2007

Scientific Utopias Panel - Call for Papers

Call for Papers for the Panel ""Scientific Utopias: revisiting the political in literature, cinema and the arts in the technological age",

included in the:
11th Internacional Conference of ISSEI (International Society for the Study of European Ideas)"Language and the Scientific Imagination"
Held at University of Helsinki
28 July – 2 August 2008

Call for Papers:
Panel Title: "Scientific Utopias: revisiting the political in literature, cinema and the arts in the technological age"

Send 200-word abstracts to
Jose R. Prado (e-mail:
Deadline for submission of abstracts: June, 1st, 2008

Political art / literature and technology have commonly been associated in a number of ways, either as criticism of the dehumanization produced by technology, or to support the idea of progress and optimism about human development.

Political writers in general have adopted the genre of scientific utopias/dystopias as a means to comment on the present and put forward proposals for the future. Such “pseudo”-scientific approaches have become the symbolic battleground for writes to contest grand narratives and hegemonic discourses about reality whose sole function would be to perpetuate the status quo.

In that sense, we are interested in how the political and the arts have allied with groundbreaking forms of experiment related to moments of change in the canon, as well as the socio-cultural context. As it were, the artistic / literary medium is balanced by the scientific one as a way of combining objectivity through the subjectivity of art: to put it otherwise, to provide the grounds for a dialogue between “the doing of science” and “the telling of literature and the Arts” with the ultimate aim of achieving performativity.

This workshop invites proposals that explore the various ways in which political art and literature have resorted to science and technology in an attempt to reactivate the social and cultural debate, while renegotiating the relations between art, science and culture.

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