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16:00 - 17:15 22 June 2017

Rethinking utopia with social movements


Room 107 | 25 Gordon Square
London | WC1H 0AG | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: 0
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Dr Ana Cecilia Dinerstein, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Bath

This lecture addresses the current state of radical politics - the “other” politics, to show how alternative political movements are mobilizing to create ‘utopia’ in a range of subtle forms.

There has been a major shift in grassroots politics which shows that these movements are not only mobilizing against ineffectual policy, the failures of representative democracy and the alienating nature of the economy, but they are opening breathing spaces through which to conceive and organise social life in new and alternative ways. While often based in traditions of resistance, people are mobilising with new approaches to cooperative production and consumption, self-management; non-representational politics and anti-oppressive education.She will discuss the importance of the notion of 'social reproduction' for an understanding of concrete utopia, decolonising it in order to account for other forms of imagining and experiencing the social reproduction of life today.


Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou
+44 (0) 20 7612 6397 | a.komporozos@ucl.ac.uk


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