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Europarama is a podcast series about science fiction and the future of Europe brought to you by the Are We Europe podcasting family.

Europarama is a podcast series about science fiction and the future of Europe brought to you by the Are We Europe podcasting family.
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Europarama is a podcast series about science fiction and the future of Europe brought to you by the Are We Europe podcasting family.




The future is now (Bonus episode)

In this season finale, Giuseppe Porcaro looks back at the experiment of Europarama together with a stellar line-up of contributors that join in to explore the value of science fiction as a method to dive into Europe's futures. Cory Doctorow is a Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing. He is an activist in favour of liberalising copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their...


Skywalkers (Feat. Gabriel Richard-Molard)

We are around the time when we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon landing. And it is not a coincidence that for this latest space time exploration of europarama we would like to take you all in an interplanetary journey. And imagine a Europe that expands towards the outer space. After all, the science fiction dreams of going to the other sky objects started here in Europe, in 1865 with Jules Verne’s "From the Earth to the Moon". Even if even Jules Verne imagined that the first...


Infomocracy (feat. Malka Older)

Where politics and democracy are heading into the future? It is a theme that has run throughout the history of science fiction. Something that already in 1921, Yevgeny Zamyatin tried to imagine in his novel “We”, for example, and later developed in different directions by Orwell, Huxley and the likes. The following quote from “We” recalls the tone and the imagery of these reflections about the future of democracy, back in the past. A sort of archeology of the Future. *It goes without...


Troll (feat. Michal Hvorecky)

This episode of Europarama has been recorded at the University of Roskilde in Denmark, during the workshop fEUtures: science fiction and the future of Europe on 4th June 2019. During the workshop academics and science fiction authors discussed science fiction as a methodological tool in European Studies. Giuseppe Porcaro had the chance to have a long conversation with Michal Hvorecky and discuss the Europe of the future described in his latest novel, Troll (2017), where trolling factories...


The Europa Project (feat. Andrei Ivanov)

Jacque Fresco was an American futurist and self-described social engineerb he directed the Venus Project and advocated global implementation of a socioeconomic system which he referred to as a "resource-based economy". The Venus Project proposes an alternative vision of what the future can be if we apply what we already know in order to achieve a sustainable new world civilization. It calls for a straightforward redesign of our culture in which the age-old inadequacies of war, poverty,...


Schwarzenbergs on the Moon (feat. Julie Novakova & Vilma Kadlečková)

Uchronia refers to a hypothetical or fictional time-period of our world, in contrast to altogether fictional lands or worlds. A concept similar to alternate history but different in the manner that uchronic times are not easily defined, mainly placed in some distant or unspecified point in time, sometimes reminiscent of a constructed world. In this episode Giuseppe Porcaro , Julie Novakova and Vilma Kadlečková experiment with the genre and they explore a universe where noble families still...


A Rhizome Flower (feat. Sabrina Calvo)

People who do a lot of gardening probably know what “rhizome” is in botanical terms. It is a kind of plant that pops out of the ground over an expanding area, giving the impression that many separate plants are emerging in close proximity to one another, but in fact these ostensibly individual “plants” are parts of one big plant, and are interconnected under the ground. It has a distinct philosophical meaning, too, which is associated with the famous French duo, Felix Guattari and Gilles...


Disco Sour (feat. Giuseppe Porcaro)

In the era of political bots, fake news, and digital propaganda, what would happen if a Tinder-like app replaced elections? Is it possible to automate democracy or would policies become sellable outcomes? In this episode we dwelve into DISCO SOUR, a novel by Giuseppe Porcaro where a dating app addicted politician embarks on an existential odyssey to save democracy from tinderpolitics. Bastian Balthazar Bux is a space-lover, a smartphone addict and a leading member of The Federation®, the...


A tale of two Europes (feat. Anja Kümmel)

For the time-space exploration of today, We reflect on the fact a lot of science fiction worldbuilding results in scenarios that are both dystopian and utopian, depending on the viewpoint. Margaret Atwoods said: "Better never means better for everyone. It always means worse, for some." Somehow, this reminds the latest novel of the guest author of this episode, which is an experimental work set on different time levels, narrated from two perspectives, and revolving around the themes of...


Waterworld (feat. Joana Bértholo)

A growing number of science fiction authors are talking about global warming overtly, imagining futures full of flooded cities, droughts, melting icecaps, and other disasters. There is even a new label used for this, climate fiction or "cli-fi". Shelley Streeby, a professor from the University of California recently published an extensive analysis of the role of speculative fiction in imagining the future of climate change. She reviewed the various activists, artists, and science fiction...


Europe at Dawn (feat. Dave Hutchinson)

The Fractured Europe series is inspired by Cold War spy fiction: bleak, powerful stories which often rely on national borders for political and narrative tension. Once the Iron Curtain fell, Dave says, the spy genre lost its way. He realised that writing the thriller that he really wanted would mean reintroducing borders. But where would the barriers lie? For some time, he had been thinking about a family of uncanny map-makers. Eventually he had them create different versions of England to...


Bruxhell (feat. Joost Vandecasteele)

Science fiction cityscapes have awed audiences since Metropolis debuted in Germany in 1927. Steve Graham, a professor of cities and society in the Global Urban Research Unit at Newcastle University has highlighted such reciprocal relationship between science fiction and reality. Think, for example, that the future Los Angeles of Blade Runner implies the end of nationalism. The flooded New York of Spielberg’s Artificial Intelligence implies climate change and loss. The upper middle class...


Baubotanik (feat. Emmi Itäranta)

*Europarama is a podcast series about science fiction and the future of Europe brought to you by the Are We Europe podcasting family. * In “The Principle of Hope” Ernst Bloch lays out the many ways in which hope and the human desire for liberation and fulfillment appear in our everyday lives. Amidst Europe’s post-war reconstruction, in 1954, Bloch restored honour to the idea of utopia by seeing it not as a pre-existing programmatic state which had to be reached under wise and all-knowing...


Europe 2064 (feat. Loranne Vella)

In 1964, Isaac Asimov wrote a piece for the New York Times, after visiting the World’s Fair in New York. In his piece, he wondered what life would be like in 2014. He got a lot of stuff right--from the development of computers, to transportation, and even demographics. So in the shadow of Asimov, Giuseppe Porcaro and Loranne Vella imagine a fictional Europe in 2064. What does that fictional, future Europe look like? Loranne Vella is a Maltese writer, translator and performer. She co-wrote...