“Utopia, Science Fiction, and Their Significant Others in the 21st Century” International Conference (Timișoara, Romania) : 8th-9th of May 2015

“Utopia, Science Fiction, and Their Significant Others in the 21st Century” International Conference (Timișoara, Romania) : 8th-9th of May 2015, the first international conference organized by the romanian Helion SF Association from Timișoara (Helion SF Club was founded on the 18th of March 1980).

Utopia, Science Fiction, and Their Significant Others in the 21st Century

Conveners: Sorin Antohi (Romania) and Mariano Martín Rodríguez (Spain)

Program :

Sorin Antohi (Bucharest, Romania) – Utopia, Science Fiction, and History in the 21st Century: Narrativity, Historicity, Ontology

Tudor Beşuan (Timişoara, Romania) – Do Utopias Come from Venus and Distopias from Mars

Ştefan Borbely (Cluj-Napoca, Romania) – Beyond Utopia: A Stroll into the Post-Geometric World

Adriana Corrado (Napoli, Italy) – Utopia Betrayed: Rereading William Morris’s

Vita Fortunati (Bologna, Italy) – Ecology and Pacifism in the Western Utopian Tradition

Cătălin Badea-Gheracostea (Bucharest, Romania) – Where the Dream Ends and the Nightmare Begins: Overlapping Dystopia and Utopia in Romanian Literature

Gabriel Kelemen (Timişoara, Romania) – Ideal city Fluidopolis & Universal Morphodynamic principle of Sphere-Vortex

Fernando Angel Moreno (Madrid, Spain) – Utopian Games in Demiurgic Cinema

Mircea Opriță (Cluj-Napoca, Romania) – Utopian Traditions in Romanian Science Fiction

Chris Pak (Lancaster, UK) – “This Country Called Sustainability”: Utopianism and Climate Change

Mariano Martín Rodríguez (Madrid/Spain, Brussels/Belgium) – The Anthill as Communist (Anti)Utopia in Fiction

Gheorghe Săsărman (Munich, Germany) – Religion as Utopia

Peter Seyferth (Munich, Germany) – The Citizen of Utopia as Author of Utopia: Homo Utopicus in Science Fiction Land

Eugen Stancu (Bucharest, Romania) – “A Love Story from the Year 41042”: Love’s Regimes of Historicity in Communist Utopia

During the conference two other events will be held :

Petrică Ştefan (Pictură)

© Gabriel Kelemen

Gabriel Kelemen‘s art exhibition

– and the launching of the short stories collection “Varianta balcanică îmbunătățită” (The Improved Balkan Variant, Nemira Publishing Press, 2014) by Gheorghe Săsărman, a major romanian SF writer, awarded in 2012 with the “Ion Hobana” Opera Omnia Prize by the Bucharest branch of the Writers’ Union and the Romanian Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy.

http://www.helionsf.eu/prima-conferinta-internationala-helion-3/

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