Announcement: Imagined Futures


Tomorrow, the Humanities Institute of the University of Texas at Austin is hosting a symposium entitled “Imagined Futures,” the culmination of the 2014-2016 Faculty Fellows seminar of the same name. An all day event, the symposium features a keynote from Professor Emeritus Betty Sue Flowers as well as a talk by AMS faculty member Dr. Shirley Thompson, entitled “The Political Economy of Black Futures.” We’ve posted the full schedule below, and hope to see you there.

8:45 am – 9:00 am Opening Remarks
Pauline Strong, Director, Humanities Institute
Randy Diehl, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts

9:00 am – 10:30 am Social Movements and the Future
Madeline Hsu, “Migration and imagined futures”
Virginia Burnett, “Revolutionary Catholic priests in Central America, 1960-1983”
Paola Bonifazio, “Postfeminism and the future of gender”
Xavier Livermon, “Black queer futurity in South Africa”
Shirley Thompson, “The political economy of Black futures”

10:45 am – 11:45 am Untold, Unintended, Unimaginable Futures
Minkah Makalani, “The politically unimaginable in the political thought of C.L.R. James”
Marilén Loyola, “The past and the (un)imaginable future in contemporary Spanish theatre”
Lucy Atkinson, “Political consumption and its unintended, uncivic consequences”

12:45 – 2:15 pm Designing and Imaging the Future
Allan Shearer, “Composing futures”
Violina Rindova, “Where strategy meets culture: finding a place for design in strategic management research”
David Edwards, “Reflexive reflective practice and the future of social theory”
Mary Bock, “The future of photojournalism”
Brian Korgel, “Innovation arts”

2:30 – 3:45 pm Crisis and Sustainability
Craig Campbell, “Postindustrial dreamworlds and nightmares in Siberia”
Wenhong Chen, “The risk society and a sustainable future: PM2.5 and the networked public sphere”
Donna DeCesare, “Collaboration and a sustainable future for photojournalism”
Patricia Somers, “The entrepreneurial university: scholars on the precipice?”

4:00 – 5:00 pm Keynote Address: Betty Sue Flowers
Elizabeth Cullingford, Introduction
Betty Sue Flowers, “Working with Imagined Futures”

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