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AMES CONFERENCE 2019: MEDIATOPIA: UTOPIA & DYSTOPIA IN MEDIA AND SOCIETY

 

The 2019 Conference took place on Saturday 23rd November 2019 at the University of Edinburgh's St Leonards's building again.

Utopia has been out of fashion for some time. It has long since been replaced by images of human catastrophe and survival struggles. Fostered by the insecurities, fears and threats of neoliberal crisis, war, terrorism, climate change, and pandemics, critics like Frederic Jameson, Slavoj Zizek and Mark Fisher famously claimed that it is ‘easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine the end of capitalism’. The growing predominance of fearful utopias range from highly-controlled state societies of George Orwell’s 1984 to ones where central control of the means of violence has all but collapsed in post-apocalyptic images of war of all against all, as in Cormac McCarthy’s 2006 novel, The Road, (movie, 2009), that typically characterise the deluge of dystopian videogames, television and film.

 

AMES gratefully acknowledges the support of Creative Scotland

RESOURCES FROM CONFERENCE

SQA Media Course Overview (PPT)

BBC Young Reporter links (DOC)

Teaching "Society (PPT)

RESOURCES FROM PREVIOUS AMES CONFERENCES

The substantial resources from the 2017 conference and previous events are available at the members only password-protected resources page.