Sites of Desire: Considering derelict urban spaces as Utopian “non-places”

In his unfinished collection of writings on the city life of Paris the Arcades Project[1] (Passagenwerk, 1927 – 1940), Walter Benjamin asserted that the modern city is experienced in a passive state of distraction. This suggests a coping mechanism for everyday life: a perceived need to adhere to accepted codes of public conduct, numb fear in relation to the authority of urban planning and the wilful projection of consciousness into the world of the advertising poster, aspects as relevant todayMeer informatie

Redefining the Utopian: Neoliberalism, Multiplicity and Anarchism

Redefining the Utopian: Neoliberalism, Multiplicity and Anarchism When thinking about Utopia, everyone has a certain idea of what it means in his or her mind. The New Utopians project has, of course, as one of its aims to come to grasps with what the Utopian is[1], or should be seen as[2]. The general conclusion, however, remains that what is Utopian for one person might be considered as utterly Dystopian for the other[3]. Even scholarly works, that are supposed to giveMeer informatie

Revolutionary Dreams: Dissent from the Economic Inquisition

As Gilles Deleuze predicted in his famous essay “Postscript on the Societies of Control”, the university is an institution that struggles in the 21st century. Since the 1990s, especially humanities departments are affected by the corporatization of the institute (Saad Filho 156). Managers judging of the value of education are judging in the economic sense, where it is not asked what something it worth, but how much it is worth (Gorz 37). This economic logic is incapable of measuring theMeer informatie

Documentaire: Student Narratives, Dialogues about a Utopian University

The New Utopians made a short video of student dialogues about their Utopian vision for a better university. We installed a red cube, at two different University libraries in Utrecht, and asked students to think about what the role of the university is today, and what, according to their ideals, the institution should be for. The idea came about in the wake of the New University movement in the Netherlands. Our group being interested in the protests also wanted toMeer informatie

The Foundation and Building Blocks of Modern Young Adult Dystopian Worlds: Narratology, Appropriation, and the Evolution of a Literary Genre, by Maaike Zoelman.

Extracts from the thesis The Foundation and Building Blocks of Modern Young Adult Dystopian Worlds: Narratology, Appropriation, and the Evolution of a Literary Genre, by Maaike Zoelman. Currently nervously awaiting the resulting grade of this thesis, Maaike will be joining the University of Hull in September 2015 to begin her PhD research in Young Adult Dystopian literature and the effects of time and memory. – This research stems from the idea that the current populist genre of Young Adult dystopianMeer informatie

The Spiritual Conquest of the World: Frederik van Eeden’s Notion of Utopia, by Lisa van Vark

The Spiritual Conquest of the World: Frederik van Eeden’s Notion of Utopia On the eve of the twentieth century, after the decades of optimism and technological and economic progress that accompanied the eighteenth century, the traditional concepts of identity, community, society and the city no longer held. Society was drastically changing, and with the rise of mass-production, a large working class came into existence, which altered the appearance of the city both in reality and the poetic imagination. Many reactedMeer informatie

Iain M. Banks’ Excession and Surface Detail: Science Fiction, Utopia, and Gender, by Marloes de Vogel

Summary of Thesis In my thesis “Iain M. Banks’ Excession and Surface Detail: Science Fiction, Utopia, and Gender”, I examine Excession and Surface Detail, two of Banks’ Culture novels. Both novels revolve around a highly developed intergalactic, post-scarcity society called the Culture. According to Banks, “there is another force at work in the Culture [besides its human inhabitants], and that is Artificial Intelligence” (“A Few Notes”). Within the Culture all conscious beings, whether biological, artificial, recognizably human-shaped or disembodied, areMeer informatie

“Europe Is Absent”: Iceland as the Happy Place in Morris and Auden, by Eveline de Smalen

“Europe Is Absent”: Iceland as the Happy Place in Morris and Auden “Europe is absent” (Collected 25), muses W.H. Auden in the poem “Journey to Iceland.” It is perhaps the remoteness of the island from the events happening on the continent, as much as the country itself, that makes Iceland so appealing to Auden: “this is an island and should be / a refuge” (25-26), he continues. Removed from the political turmoil of the mid-1930s, with Hitler gaining power in GermanyMeer informatie

The Role of Utopia in Classic and Young Adult Dystopian Literature, by Michelle van Toorn

The Role of Utopia in Classic and Young Adult Dystopian Literature My thesis, “The Transformation (or Disfiguration) of the Dystopian Genre: From Classic to Young Adult Dystopias”, focuses, as the title suggests, on the dystopian genre within classic and young adult literature. To assess the transformation of the genre from one literature to another, I looked at a classic, in this case Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and the young adult novel The Maze Runner by James Dashner, whichMeer informatie