Canterbury Christ Church University
School of Media Art and Design
Research Seminars 2015-2016
13 January 2016
Video Games and Utopian Philosophy
Speaker: Dr Christos Callow Jr, Birkbeck/Queen Mary University of London
Dr Callow’s talk is on the relationship between utopian philosophy and video games – the question he’s raising is whether a video game can play a part in the individual’s moral education, and specifically utopian education – to what extent can a dystopian game like Fallout or Bioshock be the virtual playground for the individual’s utopian thought-experiments? These games engage young people of our times with complex utopian theories they would normally encounter in academic and philosophical books. He will argue that this perhaps one of the most effective way to educate people about utopia today.
Dr. Christos Callow Jr is a Greek-British academic, playwright, director and actor with a PhD in Utopian Literature from Birkbeck, University of London. Currently a part-time lecturer at Birkbeck, Queen Mary and Middlesex, he also founded TALOS, the annual science fiction theatre festival of London and is organising the 2016 North London Literary Festival.
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