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intro’d to Fátima here:

Céline (@krustelkram) tweeted at 6:11 AM – 19 Oct 2017 :

Thanks & nice 2 meet u! Just listened to the 1. @utopianhorizons Introduction to Utopia with Fátima Vieira – Great! https://t.co/2H1mVwiDkShttps://t.co/Lcm4zSsfao (http://twitter.com/krustelkram/status/920985656129654784?s=17)

4 min – non place is diff than a place that doesn’t exist

presenting place as an alternative.. then negation/denial of physical space.. so utopia as a tension between what we are and what we can possibly be..

5 min – diff between utopian literature and utopian thinking (a critical thinking that is highly political.. looks at troubles that exist and offers a capacity for devising new ways.. not wishful thinking) ..

7 min – thomas describing.. a society in motion.. plato discuss foundations of alt society.. but always as a speculation.. & s augustine into afterlife.. so thomas moore did something completley diff

first of all.. he started a subversive tradition… needs to be said .. that is one of main features of utopia.. enables the utopian office to dismiss any responsibility of what they are describing.. can say.. just describing what someone described to me..

8 min – law of freedom in a platform.. property/wages abolished.. j harrington..ownership of property is limited.. this radical tradition we find again in 2nd half of 19th cent..

mainly 1960 70 literature used to convey means of ecological terms.. but also.. new perspectives for women..

then we have sci fi.. so many highlights in this utopian tradition..

11 min – why dystopia is important.. siblings.. share same goal.. just diff strategies.. utopia.. offer pic of brighter future w path to take it.. dystopia.. offer pic of darker future.. one we may prevent..  dystopia aims to reach a positive goal.. aims to drive us to action..

12 min – anti utopianism is completely diff.. saying.. no worth thinking about utopias..

13 min – anti utop founded on 1\wishful thinking 2\leads to totalitarian societies

problem is not w utopias.. but with people that resort to utopian thinking

moore as founder of discoursivity.. – utopia deserves to be celebrated.. starts a new way of thinking…

moore offered contempts a totally new perspective.. his foundation act.. offers of a factor of thinking.. rather than just thinking of one self.. ie: island of utopia.. provides space to show same problems..

moore – set possibilities and rules –

16 min – utopia does not die.. solutions they seek to solve change.. ie: from education to revolution (abolishment from property)

utopia solutions are not thinking is not a journal(?) but utopian thinking is and open to renewal

17 min – 4 modes of thinking:

1\ perspective – a horizon toward which we want to walk.. inflated w possibilities.. even if some seem not reliable..

2\ critical thinking – for analysis of present.. and for option of path we want to take.. choices need to be validated by reason

3\ wholistic thinking – awareness that societies work as systems.. all interconnected..

4\ creative thinking – imagination triggered by question.. what if

20 min – main features of utopian thinking.. deals w future.. but this is another feature.. trying to highlight what is wrong with present.. urge us to act/change present..

21 min – on society deforming our minds so we can’t even think about alt ways.. estrangement (interviewer)

22 min – another function of estrangement: what you think to be odd at first.. once you understand rationality behind it.. start to make sense..  we have that space for criticism.. discourse between what you have and what you don’t have.. once understand how things work.. could adopt in own society..

24 min – pre req for utopian thinking – french word – avenier .. future is about what will come.. what is certain.. used to try to predcit future.. concept of avenier has to do with possibility of future.. what may happen if we work toward .. so in english.. could think of future in the plural.. ie: new futures..

25 min – interviewer: cycles.. ? 60s – intentional communities

27 min – yes.. now adays.. there is a dystopian trend .. but we have many intentional communities.. utopian labs.. they lack dimension of large scale.. but important.. has to do w changing society bit by bit

nowadays contemp utopia has to do w reform.. step by step.. small scale.. then can only deal w parts of change if agree w idea.. utopian discourse very much alive in these communities..

29 min – when people said – utopia is dead.. were referring to political solution.. which was not working anymore..  but.. utopian thinking goes on..

31 min – (on crisis of imagination) people thought.. not worth thinking about alt.. better to make best of what they have.. so ceased to look into future.. into first yrs of 20th cent.. so didn’t prepare the future.. and we are living the consequences of it

32 min – now.. utopia related to citizenship..

33 min – utopia of grand narratives diff than contemp utopianism.. brain trained to not think about possibilities.. but our brain is capable of changing.. i hope in future.. ie: w internet.. that we will be trained to think differently..

34 min – need to incorporate positive psych in utopian discourse.. rather than ie: show dystopian images of future.. ie: teach utopian thinking in schools..

? – let’s imagine beyond schools.. and teaching..

36 min – political utopia is about a project to solve a particular problem.. philosophical utopia is what survives throughout history.. that we may make change.. we are able.. we have that responsibility.. so always asks questions..

37 min – philosophical has to deal with attitude.. political has to to w recipe

38 min – nowadays political utopia is reviving.. can be attributed to trump.. brexit.. you can’t just say .. i don’t want this.. have to think about alt’s.. so in a sense.. living in promising times..

39 min – for many years i stood for idea we didn’t need political.. but then read article (darren webb).. how we need change in schools.. problem is told to ask questions but not look for answers.. very good that not told what to think.. but then perhaps.. role of teacher to offer idea of horizons that should be reached.. we do need to rescue the political utopian..


42 min – (on encouraging systemic thinking) – when you think of a solution.. then have to see all consequences of that solution.. have to think of all aspects at same time.. ie: not just econ w/o religion.. et al..  systemic nature of utopianism is very important..

43 min – utopian literature offers a full picture of society w all aspects.. so can see interconnectedness

(what the digital turn means for utopia) – we are now discussing things on internet.. info is on internet.. notion of co placement.. the people i meet now who i discuss ideas.. no longer my neighbors.. but people with whom i share ideas..

and access to more info.. easier to denounce what is wrong..

and .. can start projects together no matter where we are..

and.. now have access to a lot of utopian texts that weren’t available before..

so digital turn will give strength to utopian movement..

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way

46 min – utopia 500 project – started 2016 – uni of porto – welcoming trainees.. young people just graduated who join team.. many projects.. mainly outreach.. ie: positive psychology.. panutopia – utopia everywhere.. food waste.. going into schools.. utopian city.. strategies to change the town.. ie: fridge where you can leave food for others..

48 min – trying to id people who really made a diff to show that we can make a diff.. ie: new maps of towns.. w cultural heritage.. of small things people did to change culture..

49 min – also guest book project.. concept of hospitality.. respect traditions of people coming in..


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Fátima has been teaching at the University of Porto since 1986. She is currently the Chairperson of the Utopian Studies Society (Europe). Her main fields of research are Utopian Studies, British Political History, Translation Studies and Shakespearean Studies. She is the co-ordinator of two research projects on utopianism funded by the Portuguese Ministry of Education: “Literary Utopias and Utopianism: Portuguese Culture and the Western Intellectual Tradition” and “Mapping Dreams: British and North-American Utopianism”. She is also the coordinator of “Eurotopia 2100: An Interactive Project”. She is the director of the collection “Nova Biblioteca das Utopias”, of the Portuguese publishing house “Afrontamento” and the director of E-topia, an electronic journal on Portuguese utopianism, as well as of Spaces of Utopia, a transdisciplinary electronic journal on Utopia published in English. She is Book Review Editor for the North-American Journal Utopian Studies. She has translated The Tempest(2001) and As You Like It (2007) for the publishing house “Campo das Letras” and is now preparing a translation of Julius Caesar. She has given many lectures in Portugal and abroad, organized several conferences and published widely on her main fields of research.


perhaps a way/means to utopia..

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way