Thinking Utopia

Steps Into Other Worlds

Making Sense of History Band 4

Joern Fehr, Michael Rieger, Thomas W. Rusen

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". . . a highly readable and structured discussion about utopian thinking at the beginning of
the 21st century . . . It is indeed fortunate that political scientists, historians, philosophers,
art critics, and literary theorists have come together to share their thinking on utopia and
utopian thought at this disastrous moment of human history, when many are asking if there
is a future to which to look forward." - European Legacy
After the breakdown of socialist and communist systems in the East, it became fashionable to
declare the so-called "end of utopia" ("end of history," "end of narratives"). The authors of
this volume do not share this view but think that it is time to rehabilitate utopian thought.
The political concept of Utopia that has given its name to these transcendental projections
onto the world has been too narrow to describe and analyze the moving forces of the mind
perceiving human existence beyond reality. By broadening the perspectives of utopian
studies, these essays enable the reader to reconstruct scholarly paradigms and strategies of
utopian, complex and holistic thinking in modern cosmology, philosophy, sociology, in literary,
historical and political sciences, and to compare traditions and ways of Western utopian
thought to the practice in the East.
Jörn Rüsen was Professor of Modern History at Universities Bochum and Bielefeld for many
years. From 1994 to 1997 he was Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at
Bielefeld. Since 1997 he has been President of the Institute for Advanced Study in the
Humanities Essen (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut).
Michael Fehr has been Director of the Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum of the City of Hagen,
Germany, since 1987. Prior to that he was Assistant Professor at the Bergische Universität
Wuppertal, and Deputy Director at the Art Museum of the City of Bochum. He has published
extensively on contemporary art as well as on theory of museums, and teaches museology at
University of Bonn.
Thomas W. Rieger worked at the Museum of Contemporary History Bonn (Stiftung Haus der
Geschichte) from 1993 to 1998, and since 1999 at Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum Hagen. He has
been teaching Theory of Architecture at RWTH Aachen and has been Curator at Kunsthalle
Düsseldorf since 2004.

Jörn Rüsen was Professor of Modern History at Universities Bochum and Bielefeld for many years. From 1994 to 1997 he was Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld. Since 1997 he has been President of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities Essen (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut). He specialises in theory and methodology of historical sciences, the history of historiography, intercultural aspects of historical thinking, theory of historical learning, and the history of human rights.

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Einband Taschenbuch
Herausgeber M. Fehr, T. W. Rieger, J. Rüsen
Seitenzahl 328
Erscheinungsdatum 20.12.2006
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-84545-304-6
Verlag Berghahn Books
Maße (L/B/H) 23,4/15,6/1,7 cm
Gewicht 500 g

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    Preface and Acknowledgements

    Introduction
    Jörn Rüsen, Michael Fehr and Thomas W. Rieger

    Chapter 1. The Necessity of Utopian Thinking: A Cross-National Perspective
    Lyman Tower Sargent

    PART I: POLITICS, CONSTRUCTION AND FUNCTIONS OF UTOPIAN THINKING

    Chapter 2. Aspects of the Western Utopian Tradition
    Krishan Kumar

    Chapter 3. Visions of the Future
    Michael Thompson

    Chapter 4. Utopia, Contractualism, Human Rights
    Richard Saage

    Chapter 5. On the Construction of Worlds: Technology and Economy in European Utopias
    Wolfgang Pircher

    PART II: ARTIFICIAL WORLDS AND THE 'NEW MAN'

    Chapter 6. Bodies in Utopia and Utopian Bodies in Imperial China
    Dorothy Ko

    Chapter 7. Science, Technology and Utopia: Perspectives of a Computer-Assisted Evolution of Humankind
    Klaus Mainzer

    Chapter 8. 'Thinking about the Unthinkable': The Virtual as a Place of Utopia
    Claus Pias

    Chapter 9. Natural Utopianism in Everyday Life Practice - An Elementary Theoretical Model
    Ulrich Oevermann

    PART III: MUSEUM AS UTOPIAN LABORATORY

    Chapter 10. Haunted by Things: Utopias and Their Consequences
    Donald Preziosi

    Chapter 11. Art - Museum - Utopia: Five Themes on an Epistemological Construction Site
    Michael Fehr

    Chapter 12. Art, Science, Utopia in the Early Modern Period
    Wolfgang Braungart

    Chapter 13. Utopiary
    Rachel Weiss

    PART IV: UTOPIA AS A MEDIUM OF CULTURAL COMMUNICATION

    Chapter 14. The Utopian Vision, East and West
    Zhang Longxi

    Chapter 15. Trauma: A Dystopia of the Spirit
    Michael S. Roth

    Chapter 16. From Revolutionary to Catastrophic Utopia
    Slavoj Zizek

    Chapter 17. The Narrative Staging of Image and Counter-Image: On the Poetics of Literary Utopias
    Wilhelm Vosskamp

    Chapter 18. Rethinking Utopia: A Plea for a Culture of Inspiration
    Jörn Rüsen

    Notes on Contributors
    Index