Eschatology: Fear and Desire at the End of the World

Image Credit: Kelmscott Manor depicted in the frontispiece to the 1893 Kelmscott Press edition of News from Nowhere.

Falmouth Art Gallery Municipal Buildings, The Moor, Falmouth TR11 2RT

01326 313863
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Sunday 01 October 2017
11am - 12pm
Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm
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What happens when we try to imagine the future? The tradition of utopian literature, of conceiving a better time to come (even if not for us) seems to have been displaced by end-of-the-world fantasies or techno-futurism; arranging to freeze one’s brain for future hardware is a particularly dark form of FOMO, and the uninhabitable planet is a scenario we would rather miss out on. This talk responds to the often-quoted, but obscure observation that “it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism,” and considers the closeness of utopian desire and apocalyptic fear in the imagination of science fiction writers, specifically in Ursula K. Le Guin and J. G. Ballard.

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