AGORA: Why are Narratives important?

2021.05.14, 09:00–10:30

Narratives seem to be everywhere these days. Many thinkers, politicians, activists, artists, etc., call for “new” or “alternative narratives?” - But why, and what for?
Our first questions for this cycle are therefore the following: Why do narratives seem so important? What do they actually do? And what “narratives” are we talking about?

Each meeting will take the form of a recorded conversation, with two participants in charge of kickstarting the discussion. These sessions are open to all. A written synthesis will be produced after each meeting, to serve as a foundation for future actions and projects.

Initiators :

  • Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay Associate Professor in Global Culture Studies at the University of Oslo, Norway. He leads the international research group CoFUTURES. He is the leader (PI)ofthe European Research Council project “CoFutures: Pathways to Possible Presents” and the Norwegian Research Council project “Science Fictionality”.

  • Dr. Ivana Milojević, Director, Metafuture and Metafuture School? Dr. Milojević has a professional background in sociology, education, gender, peace and futures studies. She has held professorships at several universities and has introduced, designed and taught university courses in Australia (The University of Queensland and The University of the Sunshine Coast), Serbia (University of Novi Sad) and Taiwan (Tamkang University). Along with international presentations and public lectures, Dr Milojević has organized and facilitated foresight workshops and engaged in consultancies at all around the world.