What contribution can academic and intellectual work, particular work on communications inspired by the tradition of critical theory, make at a time of growing uncertainties, risks and injustice on local, national and global scales?

This was the question that led to Brestolon’s creation in 2012, and this question remains urgent at a time accelerating inequality, empowered authoritarianisms, and dangerous populisms. We have had many passionate discussions in four cities (the three founding cities, plus Lisbon, the city of our kind hosts in 2017), valuing openness, candidness, a lack of hierarchy, and as much freedom as possible from the institutional constraints and demands which normally shape our work.

Following a call for essays on the theme of ‘Possible Futures, Impossible Futures’ that was launched in early 2018, here we are publishing the reflections and contributions by the Brestolon network members. The essays are published in batches once a month from July 2018 and onwards.


Thinking Beyond Continuity
by Nick Couldry, London School of Economics

The Fun We Could Have: Reimagining the Future of Higher Education through Critical Media Studies
by Ingrid Forsler, Södertörn University

The only certain future prediction
by Göran Bolin, Södertörn University

How academia fell for the data hype
by Ruth Garland, University of Hertfordshire


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