Online Project "Utopian Worlds" Launched

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The project ’Utopian Worlds’ is also running on Instagram. Photo: Sc

The project ’Utopian Worlds’ is also running on Instagram. Photo: Screenshot (17 August 2020)

The online project "Utopian Worlds" was recently launched. On the website and on Instagram (@utopian_worlds), Professor Silke Steets from FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg and Dr Silke Gülker from Leipzig University are collecting and presenting utopian designs of the world in photos and stories by people from all over the world. The project is part of the 40th Congress of the German Sociological Association, which will take place online in September.

For a long time, the concept of utopia had no place in postmodern thinking. In view of the crises currently being felt worldwide, it is certainly no coincidence that it is now being reconsidered in many different ways. The project aims to analyse the ideas of “good” self-, world and social relations contained in utopian concepts of the world - and thus to sound out the current potential of utopian thinking for social criticism.
The curators are counting on broad support for this: the more diverse the contributions, the more relevant their project can become. The site is currently available in French, German, English, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese, with additional languages planned.

Carsten Heckmann

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