ABOAGORA 2018 was held at the Sibelius Museum in Turku on August 22–24. The Symposium analysed different perspectives, utopian as well as dystopian, on the future and how the legacies of past generations lay claims on and model the possibilities of coming generations. The presentations discussed ecological and economic concerns for a sustainable future, questions of human development, policy making, and normative ideological and religious frames of reference, as well as the power of science to create a better future. Aboagora 2018 completed the trilogy The Threads of Fate, which began in 2016 with “Urðr/Fate” and continued in 2017 with “Verðandi/Becoming”.
The Agora lectures are available on ABOAGORA’s YouTube channel:
Claes Andersson (psychiatrist, author, former MP and Minister) & Julia Korkman (psychologist and researcher)
– Kimi Kärki (University of Turku): “Totalitarian Alternative Histories in Trump era Television Entertainment”
– Albion Butters (University of Turku): “Shades of Whiteness: Appropriation of Religious Symbols by the Nordic Alt-Right”
– Pertti Grönholm (University of Turku): “Laibach: Totalitarianism Disguised and Uncovered”
Helena Ranta (Professor Emerita, forensic dentist)
Photos: Otto-Ville Väätäinen