P008
Realism, imaginary, and ambivalences of utopia

Convenors:
Jurij Fikfak (ZRC SAZU)
Chair:
Thomas Wolfe
Discussant:
Thomas Wolfe
Location:
A116
Start time:
23 June, 2015 at 14:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel will explore what is perhaps the constitutive paradox at the heart of contemporary Europe: the utopian nature of what was an explicit reaction against the utopian projects of the first half of the 20th century.

Long abstract:

This panel will explore what is perhaps the constitutive paradox at the heart of contemporary Europe: the utopian nature of what was an explicit reaction against the utopian projects of the first half of the 20th century. We will examine the degree to which policies and projects that were understood at the time to be "pragmatic" and "realistic" were in fact the product of values extracted from what we will call the utopian imaginary. The panel will also investigate the different ways that European national cultures are dealing with the utopian aspects of their collective governance. To what degree is it implicit in the phrase "European construction" that what is being constructed is informed by the utopian imagination? Our goal is in a sense to rehabilitate the realm of "the utopian" and refocus it as a vital conceptual category of analysis.