Have we become so bound up in the concerns of the here and now that we’ve lost sight of aspiring to a utopian society?
Laurie Taylor is joined by Dr Lisa Garforth, Lecturer in Sociology at the University of York, who still thinks there’s hope and claims that the new visions of an ideal society are to be found in the radical ecophilosophies of science fiction novels.
Two weeks ago the distinguished photographer Martin Parr suggested that people do not like visual records of events such as funerals but many listeners disagreed.
To find out more on the subject of photographing the dead, Laurie Taylor talks to Jane Wildgoose an artist and writer with a particular interest in representations of the body in life and death.
What does our desire to dance tell us about ourselves?
Laurie Taylor discusses club culture with Phil Jackson,author of Inside Clubbing: Sensual Experiments in the Art of Being Human and Caspar Melville, whose PhD was entitled London Underground: the Multicultural routes of London Dance Cultures.
Dr Lisa Garforth
Lecturer in Sociology, University of York
Ecotopian fiction and the Sustainable society
The Environmental Tradition in English Literature
Edited by John Parham
Ashgate Publishing Limited
The science fiction novels mentioned in the interview are
by Kim Stanley Robinson
St Martins Pr
A Woman on the Edge of Time
by Marge Piercy
The Women's Press
Inside Clubbing: Sensual Experiments in the Art of Being Human
Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths University, and writer for online magazine, Open Democracy
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