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Week 7—13
May 2018

MKW18 7—13 May

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How can we avoid a dystopian future?

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Can a dystopian story have a happy ending?

Dystopian fiction has surged in the last decade, but behind its popularity lie anxieties about our real-life future. Join a panel of experts as they investigate our dystopian fears – and how we can progress past them with optimism and action. Literature professor Andrew Milner specialises in science fiction, philosopher Dr Karen Jones studies the philosophy of trust, and author and researcher Dr Tim Dunlop takes an optimistic view of artificial intelligence. Together, they’ll help you understand why we’re already living some aspects of dystopia, and how we can make sure the rest stay fictional.

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Dr Karen Jones

Dr Karen Jones is a senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Melbourne. She received her PhD from Cornell University and has held positions there and at the Australian National University, before joining the University of Melbourne in 2002. She has written extensively on trust, including what it is, and when it is justified. She also writes on emotions and rationality, and on the problem of moral knowledge.

Dr Tim Dunlop

Tim Dunlop is an author, academic and public speaker, whose book Why the Future is Workless (2016) was described as 'a powerful contribution to one of the defining debates of the 21st century' by political commentator George Megalogenis. He writes regularly for The Guardian and a number of other publications. Tim was the author of two of Australia's most successful political blogs, The Road to Surfdom and Blogocracy. He has a PhD in political philosophy and communication.

Jan McGuinness

Jan McGuinness is a journalist with extensive experience as an executive, section editor, columnist and senior writer for magazines and newspapers including The Age and The Bulletin, and as a reporter and producer for television. Jan is the Vice Chair of Janet Clarke Hall at the University of Melbourne, an ambassador for Human Rights Watch Australia and Vice President of Humanities 21.

Professor Andrew Milner

Andrew Milner is Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Monash University. Andrew's publications include Contemporary Cultural Theory (third edition 2002), Literature, Culture and Society (second edition 2005), Locating Science Fiction (2012) and Again, Dangerous Visions: Essays in Cultural Materialism (forthcoming 2018). He is a member of the Monash Climate Communication Research Hub and is currently writing Science Fiction and Climate Change for Liverpool University Press.

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