Living in the End Times: Utopian and Dystopian Representations of Pandemics in Fiction, Film and Culture: A Virtual Interdisciplinary Conference hosted by Cappadocia University, Turkey, January 13 – 15, 2021

Venue: Cappadocia University, Mustafapaşa Campus, 50420 Ürgüp/Nevşehir/Turkey (Virtual-Microsoft Teams)

Keynote speakers: Larissa Lai, Maggie Gee, Kim Stanley Robinson, Tom Moylan, Raffaella Baccolini, and Elizabeth Outka

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“The abandoned towers in the distance are like the coral of an ancient reef- bleached and colourless, devoid of life. There still is life, however. Birds chirp; sparrows, they must be…Do they notice that quietness, the absence of motors? If so, are they happier?” (Atwood, 2009, pg. 3).

Darko Suvin, "THOUGHTS WITHIN THE CORONISING SIEGE: A WORK IN PROGRESS"

Essay by Darko Suvin on the occasion of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. This essay is being jointly published by the Society for Utopian Studies and the Utopian Studies Society (Europe) on their respective internet channels.

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