24 February 2016, Wednesday, 12:30-14:00, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
LSE Department of International History Literary Festival Discussion: Utopias in History
Speakers: Dr Tim Hochstrasser
, Dr Padraic Scanlan
, Dr Kirsten Schulze
Chair: Professor David Stevenson
Utopias come in many shapes and sizes - theological, ideological, or pure fantastical and visionary projections that are intended to inspire or create enthusiasm for the creation of alternative ways of living. They can also be attempts to make those ideas real in practice, with a variety of outcomes, positive and negative. Three members of the International History Department looked at case studies of theoretical and practical utopias from the eighteenth century to the present day.
Dr Tim Hochstrasser discussed "Utopias and Dystopias in 18th century Political Economy: Mandeville, Voltaire and Smith"
Dr Padraic Scanlan discussed "Freedom and Slavery in West African Colonial Utopias"
Dr Kirsten Schulze discussed "Islamic State and the utopia of the Caliphate"
This event formed part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2016
, taking place from Monday 22 - Saturday 27 February 2016, with the theme 'Utopias'.
Tim Hochstrasser is Associate Professor in the Department of International History at LSE. He studied at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and gained his degrees from Cambridge University. He has also worked in a teaching and research capacity at Downing College, Cambridge and Keble College, Oxford and held a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Padraic Scanlan is Assistant Professor in the Department of International History at LSE. He is an historian of the British empire in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a particular focus on the histories of slavery and emancipation. Kirsten Schulze is Associate Professor in International History at LSE. Dr Schulze has conducted research on armed conflicts in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. David Stevenson is Stevenson Professor of International History at LSE.