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As bold as we need to be! Left utopianism and its future

Sun 20.09.20
GMT+1 / British Summer Time
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The recent defeats of Corbyn and Sanders were undoubtedly setbacks for progressive forces and their hopes for a new and better world. But should we now cast aside bold visions of the future as a result?

The left arguably needs its utopianism more than ever: we’re facing an unprecedented recession, a global pandemic and imminent climate crisis. The stakes couldn’t be higher. Our utopian imaginations are a key battleground of politics, and the Left cannot afford to neglect a vision for the future in favour of short-termism.

In this session, prominent activists and intellectuals will make the case for the continued importance of utopian dreaming, deisiring and planning - from ambitious provocations through to concrete policy proposals. Let’s be bold: we can’t afford not to.


Thea Riofrancos is the co-author of A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Providence College.

Kathi Weeks is a professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Duke University and author of ‘The Problem with Work’

Rebecca Long-Bailey is MP for Salford and Eccles and former Shadow Secretary of State for Education.


Utopia & radical futures

Policy lab
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6PM8PM (GMT+1)
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7:30pm9PM (GMT+1)
With Wendy Liu, Alan Finlayson, Lizzie O'Shea, Ollie Vargas & Áurea Carolina
Policy lab
Defund the police, invest in our communities Part 1: What does this mean for the UK?
Thu 10.09.20
6PM8:30pm (GMT+1)
With Victoria Bee, Sonia Adesara, More TBC & Adam Elliott-Cooper
Panel and discussion
Re-imagining rural life
Sat 12.09.20
2PM3:30pm (GMT+1)
With Frances Rowe & Craig Atkinson
Multimedia panel
Urban Utopias: searching for the city we want to live in
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4PM5:30pm (GMT+1)
With Bob Colenutt, Harpreet Aujla, Owen Hatherley & Marion Roberts
Policy lab
Municipal Socialism - Policy workshop
Thu 17.09.20
6PM8:30pm (GMT+1)
Policy lab
Defund the police, invest in our communities Part 2: Practical ways to grow peace, safety and justice
Thu 24.09.20
6PM8PM (GMT+1)
With Gracie Mae Bradley , More TBC & Josh Virasami
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following organisations in our educational and research work:
AutonomyRosa Luxemburg Stiftung LondonTransform! EuropeMomentumLipman Miliband TrustCommon KnowledgeMayDay RoomsAndrew Wainwright Reform Trust
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