Utopiaanniversary symposium

Raffaella Baccolini, Troy Bordun, Catherine Constable, L. Timmel Duchamp, Carl Freedman, Lisa Garforth, Dan Hassler-Forest, Veronica Hollinger, Alexis Lothian, Roger Luckhurst, Tom Moylan, Sharon Sharp, Steven Shaviro, Debra Benita Shaw, Rebekah Sheldon, Imre Szeman, Phillip E. Wegner, Rhys Williams
  • Science Fiction Film and Television, February 2016, Liverpool University Press
  • DOI: 10.3828/sfftv.2016.4

Utopia in Dystopia: Cloud Atlas

What is it about?

Contribution to symposium about utopia and science fiction in film 500 years after the publication of T. More's Utopia. Unlike the majority of post-9/11 sf movies expressing anxiety and paranoia about humanity’s fate in a violent universe, in Cloud Atlas the post-apocalyptic trope suggests not so much a fear of terrorism, but a critique of political, economic and social greed against all living forms in the planet. The film also maintains a utopian horizon, much in the tradition of the critical dystopia.

Why is it important?

Re-assessment of utopia in popular culture 500 years after publication of founding text by More. Utopian desire continues to be a timely topic for an understanding of our present.


Dr Debra Benita Shaw (Author)
University of East London

An invitation to contribute to a symposium is always welcome. Brief analyses of a range of texts from diverse perspectives opens significant opportunities for further research.

Dr Raffaella Baccolini (Author)
Universita degli Studi di Bologna

Brief analyses from a variety of perspectives and voices form a rich reflection on the theme of utopia.

Professor Tom Moylan Moylan (Author)
Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies, University of Limerick

Offering my reading of Antonia's Line as a utopian text.

The following have contributed to this page: Professor Imre Szeman, Dr Debra Benita Shaw, Dr Raffaella Baccolini, Prof. CARL FREEDMAN, and Professor Tom Moylan Moylan