Research at UEA digs deeper into the stories underlying the most pressing issues across the contemporary global world. Join us in the heart of the city centre, for a new series of exciting panel discussions exploring the key challenges and hopes for the new futures of the Americas.
The Futures of the State. Rebellion and reaction in the politics of the Americas
28 April 2020 | 6:30pm-8pm (Doors at 6:15pm) | Norwich Castle, Town Close Auditorium
From citizen uprisings to impeachment trials, through populism, religious revival and corruption scandals, the futures of the nation state have never felt so volatile. How are the forces of political rebellion reshaping national identities across the Americas? How might the republics of South America, the US and Canada orient themselves internationally in a globalised future?
Future Environments. Environmental Resilience and Renewal in the Americas
12 May 2020 | 6:30pm-8pm (Doors at 6:15pm) | Norwich Castle, Town Close Auditorium
From the Dakota pipelines, to the melting ice of Alaska, to the burning of the Amazon and toxic pollution of US ‘National Sacrifice Areas’, the future of the environments of the Americas are our global futures. How are the planetary challenges of a world of finite resources unfolding across Canada, the US and South America? What can we learn from the Americas about resilience, and perhaps renewal, in the face of man-made disasters?
Activism in the Americas. Resistance and representation across borders
26 May 2020 | 6:30pm-8pm (Doors at 6:15pm) | Norwich Castle, Town Close Auditorium
From #BlackLivesMatter to #MeToo, from debates about hate speech to religious influence to the voices of minorities and marginalised peoples, global activism has reshaped how the personal and social collide. What can movements for justice and recognition across North and South America tell us about how societal change happens?
Technological Futures. The Americas, data and virtual realities
9 June 2020 | 6:30pm-8pm (Doors at 6:15pm) | Norwich Castle, Town Close Auditorium
US technology, data and communications companies have changed how we relate, form groups, and how we share the issues of the contemporary world. Internationally, developments in virtual reality and artificial intelligence are remaking what it might mean to work, live and be entertained by machines. How are the Americas responding to and shaping our new technological futures?
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