As a member of the Mensenrechtencoalitie Utrecht, the Human Rights Coalition loosely supported by Utrecht municipality, I have been to and been inspired by  two Human Rights Cafes/ Mensenrechtencafes organized by this coalition. I research the utopias and promises of human rights, supervise research on rights and social dreaming as enunciated in art and literature, […]

Call for Papers: Cosmopolitan Endeavours (Abstracts due 20 December 2017) This special issue invites articles on works by women writers of the long eighteenth century that reflect cosmopolitan values, strategies, and futures. In the long eighteenth century, the cosmopolitan ethos is manifold: it informs historiographic and philosophical articulations of an “enlightened moral love of mankind”, […]

Urban Utopias: Memory, Rights, and Speculation Workshop on 21 and 22 February 2018, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University Supported by Comparative Literature Research Group, ICON (Institute for Cultural Inquiry), Utrecht University Utopia articulates dreams of a better life and anticipations of the future; as social dreaming, utopia combines communal and imaginative experimentation. Even if the […]

The Evolution of Subjectivities towards Postmodernism. A Review of the Posthuman Subject in Dick’s Speculative Science Fiction Novels Paula Ramos Mollá Undergraduate research intern with Dr Barnita Bagchi at ICON, UU, June-July 2017 Philip K. Dick’s speculative science fiction works have been studied by multiple scholars (Jameson, 2005; Csicsery-Ronay Jr, 1992; Braudillard, 1991) as a […]

This seminar proposes to examine utopian writing and film from South Asia and its diasporas (and utopian writing and film highly influenced by or connected closely to South Asia) in a comparative perspective. While in 2016 we celebrate 500 years of the publication of More’s Utopia,  Sargent and Dutton argued in their Introduction to Utopian […]

Between February and April 2017, Leonie Brasser, Alice Lambert, Laurence Schaack and Martijn van Gils followed a masterclass with Barnita Bagchi as part of their RMA in Comparative Literary Studies. In this masterclass, the students explored how the transcultural plays out in speculative writing. Beginning with an overview of utopian studies, the students decided to […]

Urbanity in the Vernacular: Narrating the City in Modern South Asian Literatures Hans Harder Asiatische Studien – Études Asiatiques, Vol. 70 Issue 2 (May 2016) DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/asia-2015-0054 Abstract This article explores some facets of literary urbanity in modern South Asian literatures such as Urdu, Bengali, Hindi and Marathi. Taking the proliferation of megacity research in […]