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Norwich university academics to host workshops at Latitude Festival

PUBLISHED: 13:26 09 July 2018 | UPDATED: 18:10 10 July 2018

Latitude 2017. Picture: Paul John Bayfield

Latitude 2017. Picture: Paul John Bayfield

PAUL JOHN BAYFIELD

Academics from a Norwich university will be hosting talks and workshops for young people at Latitude Festival.

Six people from the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) faculty of humanities will run workshops around UEA’s Future Visions at the Suffolk festival this weekend.

This year’s event, at Henham Park, is based around the theme of Tomorrow’s World... It Takes a Village. It will feature installations, discussions and workshops on the future of technology, space, communications, health care and food.

Alan Finlayson, professor of political and social theory at UEA’s school of politics, said: “I think that at the moment a lot of people, all over the world, are having difficulty imagining a future. Things seem to move so fast and often take unexpected directions.

“The myth is that younger people spend all their time on their phones, only communicating by texts. But actually, online media is full of people communicating in all sorts of ways, giving speeches, making arguments and advancing claims about the world.”

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