The Huizinga Instituut Working Group on Utopia and Social Dreaming in Connected and Entangled Perspective has formally begun its activities. More on this group can found at: Werkgoep Utopia and Social Dreaming in Connected and Entangled Perspective, 1850 onwards, Europe, Asia and Beyond Our first session will discuss an article by a group member: “The […]

The Utrecht Utopia Network has initiated initiated a Working Group on Utopia and Social Dreaming in Connected and Entangled Perspective, 1850 onwards, Europe, Asia and Beyond. Utopia or social dreaming is place of dreams, a place of the good, and a place which is nowhere to be found: paradox, ambiguity, and janus-facedness are embedded in […]

First International Workshop for Postgraduate/Research Students on Utopias: Imagining Other Worlds Date: 13-14 December 2018 Venue: Audio-Visual Room, Department of English, UG Arts Building, Jadavpur University, Kolkata Organised by: Centre for Advanced Studies, Dept. of English, Jadavpur University This workshop explored the mobile, cross-cultural nature of utopia. The workshop was led by Dr. Barnita Bagchi, […]

Dr Dan Hassler-Forest of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, and Pim van den Berg are both colleagues, comrades, and part of the Utrecht Utopia Network. Here is an article they wrote for the Nederlands Film Festival on Why We Need Utopian Narratives More Than Ever: Why we need utopian narratives more than ever

Symposium: Transcultural Utopian Imagination and the Future: South Asia, Britain, and Beyond, 11 October, Lancaster University Programme 9.30-10.00 Coffee and Registration 10.00-11.00 Introduction to Symposium by Sandra Kemp – followed by provocations and questions on ‘Indo-British Entanglements in the Early 1930s: Social Dreaming, Futures, and Dialogues Across Cultures in Turbulent Times’ by Barnita Bagchi 11.30-13.00 […]

Project: ‘Transcultural Utopian Imagination and the Future: Tagore, Gandhi, and Indo-British Entanglements in the Early 1930s’ Dr. Barnita Bagchi teaches and researches Comparative Literature at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands. She has been awarded a British Academy Visiting Fellowship to pursue a research project at the Ruskin Library and Research Centre for Culture, landscape, and […]

The attached paper focuses on Octavia Butler’s parable series, Parable of the Sower (1993) and Parable of the Talents (1998). This work was a final assignment for a class we took in our first year of our Research Master in Comparative Literary Studies at Utrecht University (in the Netherlands). The masterclass was called “Speculative and Utopian […]