Thursday, May 7, 2009

Utopian Spaces: Call for Papers

“Utopian Spaces of British Literature and Culture, 1890-1945”
18 September 2009
University of Oxford (United Kingdom)

The focus of the conference is on the spatial manifestations, geographies and practices of Utopianism, rather than on Utopianism as a category of millenarian anticipation. Papers are invited which address the various material and imaginary spatial forms of the Utopian impulse. How do certain
spaces become associated with particular political or aesthetic visions of modernity? Does the Utopian bear a particular affinity to some spaces, rather than to others? Is the Utopian impulse articulated as a desire for order or anarchy?

Papers are invited on any aspect, historical and/or theoretical, of the conference theme. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • the political, religious, aesthetic nature of Utopian spaces
  • the city as a Utopian space
  • imaginary, geographical and textual maps
  • representations of Utopian spaces in literature and other media (e.g. painting, film, architecture)
  • theoretical considerations of Utopian ‘places’ and geographies (Walter Benjamin, de Certeau, Henri Lefebvre, Guy Debord and others)
  • mobility and transport
  • racialized Utopian spaces

Send an abstract of no more than 250 words in length, including name, position and institutional affiliation to Deadline for submission: 30 June 2009. For further information, visit

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