This workshop aims to critically explore the many ways in which ideologies and practices of hope, utopianism and futurity effect communities and their interconnections. We are interested in moving towards a better understanding of the place hope occupies in contemporary thinking about communities. We aim to address the problematic nature of certain appeals to hope or to a future that is yet-to-come, while at the same time we will seek to answer the question to what extent hope is a necessary component of community life and collective agency.
Format of the workshop
We will be exploring the issue from a range of disciplinary perspectives, looking at both social or collective hope and the question of individual hope. To facilitate inter-disciplinary conversations, the day will be structured around three collaborative dialogue sessions, each based around a paper presentation and facilitated dialogue on the issues arising from the paper. The sessions are aimed at creating opportunities for collective exploration, based on thoughtful interaction rather than the traditional Q&A format. We are thus seeking participants interested in the theme of hope from a wide range of disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences, who are interested in exploring the significance of hope for our understandings of community. A session in which themes and questions for further research are formulated will close the day.
Participation at the workshop is free, but a £10.00 contribution to our costs is requested.
How to apply
To apply for a place please send a brief statement of your interest in the topic of no more than 200 words together with two issues or questions that you would like to see discussed to Johan Siebers (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 15 April 2012. The number of places is limited to 40.
23 May 2012, Birkbeck College, University of London
Speakers will include: Davina Cooper (Kent), Matthew Ratcliffe (Durham) and Peter Thompson (Sheffield)
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