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Envisioning Real Utopias

Professor Erik Olin Wright - Vilas distinguished Professor, Dept of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

8 December 2008, 5pm Management School Lecture Theatre 2.

Erik Olin Wright is one of the US's leading radical scholars. He has published widely on class, democracy, inequality and marxist theory, and 'real utopias'. The Real Utopias Project , begun in 1991, explores a wide range of proposals and models for radical social change. The basic idea is to combine serious normative discussions of the underlying principles and rationales for different emancipatory visions with the analysis of pragmatic problems of institutional design. This has resulted in a number of conferences and collections on inequality, democracy, market socialism and egalitarianism.



Inaugural International Lecture 2007

The Limits of Science, Frontiers of Research and Other Open Questions

Prof Helga Nowotny - Vice-President of the European Research Council

10 October 2007, 6pm. Meeting Room 2-3, IAS Building.

To ask about the limits of science seems to be either an obsolete or a deliberately provocative question given the almost limitless horizon of potential and opportunities that science and technology are currently opening up. But what is happening in the social sciences and humanities, besieged as the world is by problems seemingly addressed to them? Or are only the approaches used in the social sciences and humanities nearing their limit? Simultaneously, the frontiers of research are vigorously pushed forward as a collective as well as an individual endeavour. Where exactly are the frontiers in the social sciences and humanities today and what is happening there?


IAS Guest Lecture Series

Professor Roy Bhaskar - IAS Visiting Fellow

January and July 2006

  • Marx's Critique of the Hegelian Dialectic and the Fate of Actually Existing Socialism
  • Applied Critical Realism and the Ontological Case for Interdisciplinarity

Read more about the The Bhaskar Lectures


IAS Lectures

The Future of the National State

Prof Bob Jessop - IAS Director

24 January 2007 More»


Machines that Become Us

Prof Michael Hulme

14 March 2007 More»




Undertaking Interdisciplinary Research

31 January 2007

This seminar explored the meaning of interdisciplinarity in principle and in practice. Researchers with substantial experience in interdisciplinary research presented their work - what it meant for them, how they integrated it into their overall project and the value that it added to their ability to intrepret and explain the social world. More»


Open Futures Workshop Series and Conference

February - November 2005

The IAS provided funding for the Open Futures workshop series and conference, which ran from February to November 2005. The objective of Open Futures was to understand and explore key social and cultural themes in three areas: work, home, and social. A programme of workshops preceded a major conference which took place in November 2005 at Lancaster University.

Open Futures is part of the Institute of Advanced Studies at Lancaster University and the membership covers a wide range of academic and commercial expertise. More»



Transnational High Tech Strategies in a Globalised World

July 2003

The Institute of Advanced Studies hosted its first international workshop in July 2003 in the beautiful Cumbrian town of Kirkby Lonsdale. Its focus was on the nature and dynamics of transnational strategies in high tech industries and knowledge-intensive business services in a globalizing world. More»

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