You are invited to 'Thinking the Future for Radical Social Change: Dialogues on Theory and Practice', a symposium organised by the interdisciplinary Time/Temporality/Futurity Reading Group from Queens University Belfast, in partnership with the MAC. Launching the public programme for the MAC’s upcoming exhibition, On Refusal: Representation and Resistance in Contemporary American Art, this event draws upon the exhibition’s core themes of resistance, social change and the collective conception of radical futures.
In the present political moment questions about the present, the future and their link to radical social change are pressing worldwide. What will the future look like? How can we navigate to a better future in troubling presents? What are the possibilities for radical social change in the present? What possibilities does collective action for radical social change hold for the present and future?
This event brings together politicians, grassroots political activists, artists, and academics to explore these questions. It will feature two distinguished scholars in performance studies and political theory, Professors Peggy Phelan (Performance Studies, Stanford University) and Isabell Lorey (Queer Studies, KHM/EIPCP), who will engage in dialogue with panel representatives interested in radical social change, the present, and future in Northern Ireland (Clare Bailey, Green Party NI; Emma Campbell, Alliance for Choice; Alissa Kleist, Household; Clare Gormley, The MAC). Uniting theory and practice in this unique way, the event aims to investigate and initiate ways to open-up the future in contemporary political contexts in Northern Ireland and farther afield, asking how it might be possible to navigate uncertain presents and unforeseeable futures together in productive and creative ways.
Image Credit: Arcmanoro Niles, The Classroom, 2017. Courtesy the Artist and Rachel Uffner Gallery.