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Optimistic visions of the future - a panel discussion on literature and science

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Optimistic visions of the future – a panel discussion on literature and science

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6 July 2021, 14:00

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Does the crisis of imagination cause that the narration of visions of the future is dominated by fatalistic and apocalyptic themes? Aleksandra Mochocka, PhD, literary scholar and popular culture researcher, Stanisław Krawczyk, sociologist and researcher of literature and popular culture, Krystyna Chodorowska, programmer in the department of artificial intelligence, and Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak, PhD, professor at the Institute of English Philology of the University of Wrocław, will share their thoughts on the subject.

Optimistic futurism has been in retreat for many years. Visions of the future known from recent novels, games, or movies show us very bleak visions of what is to come. Does the crisis of imagination cause fatalistic, apocalyptic themes to dominate the narrative of visions of the future? To some extent it does. But we want to look for the missing trends in literature that speak of positive solutions to global and local crises. The discussion will be held by scholars of literature and people writing in the field of speculative fiction, including Aleksandra Mochocka, PhD (UKW) and Stanisław Krawczyk, PhD (independent researcher and blogger). The meeting will be hosted by Marta Tymińska.


The panel discussion will be streamed at: www.facebook.com/BibliotekaGdynia

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Gdynia Library

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Dr hab. Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak

Dr hab. Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak

PhD, Professor at the University of Wrocław, works as a literature specialist at the Institute of English Philology of the University of Wrocław, where she heads the Department of Children and Youth Literature and Culture. Her research interests include posthumanism, new materialism, and childhood studies. She is a grantee of the Polish-American Fulbright Commission, the Kosciuszko Foundation, and...

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Krystyna Chodorowska

Krystyna Chodorowska

Author, programmer, data and game master. She has translated works by China Miéville, Roger Zelazny, Nancy Kress, Greg Egan, Pat Cadigan, and Neil Willamson. Author of novels and short stories, mostly in the genres of close-range fantasy and climatepunk.Nominated for the Janusz A. Zajdel Award (including the novel 'Triskel: Gwardia') and the Maciej Parowski Award. As a thank you for her hel...

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Stanisław Krawczyk

Stanisław Krawczyk

Sociologist, researcher of literature and popular culture (fantasy, video games), currently member of the Scholarly Communication Research Group at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He is also a columnist and heads the "Citizen" section of Kontakt Magazine. Under his direction, the 40th print issue of the magazine was published titled. Under his direction the 40th printed issue of the magazine...

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Dr Aleksandra Mochocka

Dr Aleksandra Mochocka

Ph.D., a literary scholar and popular culture researcher, works at Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz. Author of texts on science fiction, adaptations and transmedia, transmedia stories and the cultural significance of cosmetics, among others. In 2019 she published a monograph entitled Biopunk Worlds of Paolo Bacigalupi.

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Dr Marta Tymińska

Dr Marta Tymińska

Marta Tymińska holds a PhD in psychology and cultural studies. In her academic work, she mainly focuses on digital games and their culture-forming role. Her doctoral dissertation was devoted to the study of avatars, she also investigates transmedia stories, independent games and the relationship between the player, the avatar and the emergent narrative of games. She has written several texts on fa...

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