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Monday, 23rd March 2015

Registration & Opening remarks

Pusłowski House
10 Westerplatte St.

Opening Session: Utopias in Audiovisual Culture

moderator: Alan Shapiro

Ludmiła Gruszewska-Blaim (University of Gdańsk)
Framing Dystopia in Film and Fiction

Kevin Grace (University of Cincinnati, USA)
The Fear of Libraries, Reading, and Blindness in Dystopian Culture

David Allen (Midland Actors Theatre, United Kingdom)
A World of Motion. ‘Becoming virtual’ in the Disney Theme Park

Coffee break (30 mins)

Keynote Lecture: Alan Shapiro

moderator: Krzysztof M. Maj

Alan Shapiro (Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach, Germany)
Narrative, Storytelling and Ideas in the Age of Computer-Intensive Media Products

Alan N. Shapiro is a transdisciplinary thinker who studied science-technology at MIT and philosophy-history-literature at Cornell University; author of Star Trek: Technologies of Disappearance (2004), Software of the Future: The Model Precedes the Real (2014); considerd as one of the leading experts on the philosophy and cultural theory of Jean Baudrillard.

Lunch break (1,5 hr)

Session 2: TV Shows: Between Utopia & Dystopia

moderator: Justyna Galant

Ana Patricia Trapero-Llobera (University of the Balearic Islands, Spain)
God(s) and Ghost(s) in the Machine: Deterministic Chaos,(e)utopian Vigilantism and the State-sponsor Superpanopticon in “Person of Interest”

Marta Fernández-Morales (University of the Balearic Islands, Spain) & María Isabel Menéndez-Menéndez (University of Burgos, Spain)
“(Ir)relevant Threats in the Post-9/11 Context: (In)evitability, Agency and Gender Violence in Person of Interest”

Dawid Junke (University of Wrocław)
“North to the Future”. Utopian and Dystopian Small Towns of “Northern Exposure” and “Twin Peaks”

Coffee break (30 mins)

Session 3: Utopia in Music, Utopia of Music

moderator: Michael Berger

Alex Chilvers (University of Sydney, Australia)
Musical Visions of Utopia: The Role of Polish Folklore in Contemporary Music Composition

Wojciech M. Marchwica (NIFC, Jagiellonian University)
Music Scenography—Utopia versus Arcadia in “The Lord of the Rings” Directed by Peter Jackson

Izabela Curyłło-Klag (Jagiellonian University)
The Orwells of rock’n’roll. Dystopian and Utopian Streaks in English Concept Albums and Rock Operas of the late 1960s and 1970s

Michał Palmowski (Jagiellonian University)
“4′ 33” of Silence”: John Cage’s Utopia

Tuesday, 24th March 2015


Session 4: Dystopian Anime & Graphic Novel

moderator: Ludmiła Gruszewska-Blaim

Matthew Gladden (PAN)
Tachikomatic Domains: Utopian Cyberspace as a ‘Contingent Heaven’ for Humans, Robots, and Hybrid Intelligences

Clint Jones (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, USA)
Dystopia as Utopia in Jimmy Robinson’s “Bomb Queen”

Justyna Galant (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University)
“Transmetropolitan”. Dystopia, Hyperbole and the Super-hero

Michał Kłosiński (University of Silesia)
Black Money as the Matter of Neo-liberal Utopia: Reading Utopia in “[C] Money of Soul and Possibility Control”

Coffee break (30 mins)

Session 5: Video Game Culture & Utopia

moderator: Sven Dwulecki

Majed Balela (Hull University, United Kingdom)
Understanding the Realisation of Cultural Heritage in Modern Video Game Contexts

Jakub Krogulec (University of Wrocław)
Gaming Dystopias and the Transhuman Condition. Ergodic Narratives and their Ethical Approach to the Issue of Human Enhancement

Szymon Kukulak (Jagiellonian University)
Historical City-building Games as Utopian Projects

Adam Flamma (University of Wrocław)
Utopia as an Intimate World—Case of April Ryan and “The Longest Journey”

Lunch break (1,5 hr)

Session 6: Dystopian Video Games

moderator: Michał Kłosiński

Sven Dwulecki (Universität Tübingen, Germany)
“BioShock: Infinite”—A Game Between Tolerant Genius and Racist Madman

Patricia Sørensen (University of Gdańsk)
Society Changes—Post-apocalyptic Communities in “Fallout 3″

Krzysztof M. Maj (Jagiellonian University)
Rational Technotopia vs. Corporational Dystopia in “Deus Ex: Human Revolution” Gameworld

Mateusz Zimnoch (Facta Ficta Research Centre)
Trans-Propaganda in “BioShock: Infinite”

 Coffee break (30 mins)

Session 7: Political Utopias in Cinema

moderator: Mateusz Zimnoch

Simon Spiegel (University of Zurich, Switzerland
Authentic Dreams. Utopias in Nonfiction Films

Barbara Klonowska (Catholic University of Lublin)
Water/Gahpe: the Meeting of Two Worlds in Nicholas Roeg’s “Walkabout”

Michał Kopeć (Marie Curie-Sklodowska University)
The representation of dystopia in the post-apocalyptic universe of George A. Romero’s “Zombie Trilogy”. An insight into Romero’s analysis of the American society.

Lars Weckbecker (Zayed University, United Arab Emirates)
Dystopia in John Pilger’s Documentary “Utopia”

Wednesday, 25th March 2015

Plenary Lecture: Artur Blaim

moderator: Krzysztof M. Maj

Artur Blaim (University of Gdańsk)
Reapproaching No-Place: Theories, Definitions, Conventions

Artur Blaim is Professor of English Literature, member of Utopian Studies Society Commitee and one of the most notable Polish experts in utopian studies; author of Early English Utopian Fiction (1984), Thomas More’s “Utopia”: persuasion, polyphony, genre pattern (1995) and, most recently, Gazing in Useless Wonder: English Utopian Fictions, 1516-1800 (2013).

Lunch break (1,5 hr)

Session 8: Dystopian Worlds in Cinema

moderator: Barbara Klonowska

Patrycja Podgajna (Marie Curie-Sklodowska University)
“Our Survival Instinct is our Single Source of inspiration…”. Exploring the Futuristic Dystopia in Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar”

Antonina Anisimovich (Belarusian State University, Minsk)
“What if” Worlds: Utopian and Dystopian Worlds in “The Time Machine” Film and Television Adaptations

Eleni Varmazi (Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul, Turkey)
The Unusual Dystopia of “Never Let Me Go”

Dominika Kozera (Marie Curie-Sklodowska University)
Human—Barbarian—Animal. The Process of Dehumanization as a Key Aspect of Dystopias Portrayed in “Blindness” and “The Last Battle”

Coffee break (30 mins)

Session 9: Utopia & Dystopia in Media

moderator: Matthew Gladden

Stephen Cooper (California State University, USA)
The Michelangelo of an Age to Come? Szukalski, from Krakow to California

Michael Berger (University of Nevada, USA)
Culture Against Control: Genesis P-Orridge, Alchemical Tactics
& Nomadic Utopias

Danilo Chaib (University College Dublin)
Utopia in Symphonic Music: Conductorless Orchestras

Coffee break (30 mins)

Closing remarks

Conference overview, information about HMV 3rd edition (March 2016), publication perspectives & subscription to mailing list.

Conference ends