Glitched Paradise: Call for papers: Utopia digital society


Utopias for a digital society. An essay competition

Digital technologies have changed our lives significantly in the last twenty years. With the looming rise of artificial intelligence, virtual reality and data ubiquity, it seems evident that the biggest changes still lie ahead of us. What will the world look like two decades from now? How can society benefit from technology?

We are looking for radical and thought-provoking utopias of the digital society and invited researchers who deal with issues of digitalisation and society to share their ideas in essays. The results will be part of an edited volume.

The deadline for submissions has been reached. We'd like to thank everybody for their contributions.

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Twentyforty: Creative Writing on the floor
Twentyforty: People at tables working
Twentyforty: Creative writing techniques: Painting
Twentyforty: The team
Twentyforty: Hammocks among the trees

Impressions from the essay sprint

Twelve scientists were chosen by our project team and accepted our invitation to follow us into Berlins sorrounding countryside to work on their essays together.

All of them brought their visions of digital utopias as well as their different scientific backgrounds, their expertise and their research interests to Bad Belzig in Brandenburg. In Coconat, a hybrid between holiday retreat and coworking space, they worked on their stories by engaging in creative thinking puzzles, in mentoring by a professional storyteller as well as individual writing lessons and workshops regarding writing flow and story structures.



Researchers and thinkers are invited to submit their visions along the following topics:


How will we learn in the future? How will we teach? What will schools and universities look like?


How will we get to know people? How will we stay in touch? What will parenting, relationships and love affairs look like?


How will we stay healthy and what will we eat? What will our homes look like? How will we communicate?


How will we work in the future? Where will we work? What will factories, offices and jobs look like?


How will states interact in the international arena? How will conflicts be resolved in the future?

Researchers were invited for an essay sprint close to Berlin, where storytellers and creative writers helped to polish their visions of a utopian digital future. All essays will be published in an edited volume.