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02: Utopias and alternative (visions of) worlds

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Hauptschule
Seminar / Seminar
in englischer Sprache

How does vicariously experiencing radically better (or worse) imaginary worlds change our perceptions of the past, present, and future? The seminar will address this question with a highly selective introduction to utopian expression. We begin with the grandfather of the genre, Thomas More s Utopia, and its Classical, Arcadian, and religious roots. Next we examine 18th-century unambiguous and satirical spatial and time travel utopias (Defoe, Mercier, Schnabel, Swift) and the paradigmatic 19th-century utopia, Edward Bellamy s Looking Backward, in the contexts of William Morris s response, the utopian satire of Samuel Butler’s satiric Erehwon, and Black Elk / Neihardt s reconstruction of a Lakota vision. The variety of 20th- and 21st-century utopian and dystopian expression will be suggested in examinations of classic and recent dystopias (Zamiatin, Huxley, Orwell, and Cormac McCarthy), psychological eupsychias (B.F. Skinner and Abraham Maslow), ecotopias (Callenbach and the White Hawk, Texas community vs. Disney World), and feminist utopias (Gilman, Piercy, and Le Guin).

Professor, Department of English, University of Texas at Arlington
Professor für Literaturwissenschaft und Neuere deutsche Literatur, Institut für Deutsche Sprache und Literatur, Universität zu Köln

Ph.D. Kenneth M. ROEMER

Professor, Department of English, University of Texas at Arlington

Assistant Editor, American Quarterly & Teaching Assistant, American, Civ., University of Pennsylvania Assistant Professor Associate Professor Assistant Dean, Graduate School, University of Texas at Arlington Visiting Professor, Shimane University, Japan Visiting Professor, International Christian University, Japan & Senior Scientiest Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Professor of English, University of Texas at Arlington
1969-1970
1971-1974
1974-1982
1975-1977
1982-1983
since 1988
since 1982

Dr. Wilhelm VOSSKAMP

Professor für Literaturwissenschaft und Neuere deutsche Literatur, Institut für Deutsche Sprache und Literatur, Universität zu Köln

Promotion in Kiel Habilitation in Köln o. Prof. für Literaturwissenschaft, Bielefeld Direktor am Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung o. Prof. für Neuere deutsche Literatur, Köln
 Studium der Germanistik, Philosophie, Geschichte
1965
1972
1972-1987
1978-1982
seit 1987
 Gastprofessuren in den USA, Israel, Frankreich, Brasilien, Australien, Schweiz

Seminarwoche

Timetable einblenden
kategorie: Alle Plenary Seminar Social

14.08.2008

15:00 - 15:30 Eröffnung des Europäischen Forums Alpbach 2008 Plenary
15:30 - 17:00 Eröffnungsreferate Plenary
17:00 - 18:30 Vorstellung der Seminarinhalte Plenary
18:30 - 21:00 Eröffnungsempfang Social

14.08.-20.08.2008

Seminar 11: Transatlantic relations Seminar
Seminar 08: Who is in control? How the brain controls our thoughts and actions Seminar
Seminar 10: Public opinion, opinion research and political decision-making Seminar
Seminar 09: Predictability Seminar
Seminar 14: Art and Perception Seminar
Seminar 13: Wahrnehmung von Verantwortung im „globalen Verfassungsnetzwerk“ – Möglichkeiten und Grenzen (inter)nationaler Höchstgerichte Seminar
Seminar 12: Understanding fundamentalism: An interdisciplinary analysis of „Strong Religion“ Seminar

14.08.-21.08.2008

Seminar 01: Climate change and what we need to do about it Seminar
Seminar 07: Security policy becoming a European issue Seminar
Seminar 05: A European people? Perception and formation of European citizens Seminar
Seminar 06: Ethics and biomedicine: Analysis of decisions and value judgements Seminar
Seminar 03: Wirtschaftsforschung und Wirtschaftspolitik Seminar
Seminar 02: Utopias and alternative (visions of) worlds Seminar
Seminar 04: Geschichtliche Situationsdeutungen und historische Entscheidungen Seminar

15.08.2008

18:30 - 19:30 Special Lecture: Europa – Strategische Entscheidungen für den Kontinent Plenary

16.08.2008

15:30 - 17:00 Plenarveranstaltung: Klimawandel und Vorhersagbarkeit Plenary

18.08.2008

17:00 - 18:30 Plenarveranstaltung: 40 Jahre Prager Frühling Plenary

19.08.2008

15:30 - 17:00 Plenarveranstaltung: Was blieb von 1968? Plenary