H-Utopia, like the 25-year-old Society for Utopian Studies, is devoted to discussion of utopianism in all its forms, from literary expression to policy analysis to architectural criticism to activism. Our focus is on the forms, contents, and influence of utopian/dystopian thinking.

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CFP: Shakespeare and Utopia (RSA Boston 31 March-2 April 2016)

This panel seeks papers that investigate the role of utopia in Shakespeare’s works. Whether that presence emerges as the influence of classical ideal spaces, the burgeoning potential of the new world as a utopia, or the political ideologies inspired by Thomas More’s Utopia (1516) at the start of the Renaissance in England, visions of utopia appear throughout his plays and poems.

CFP: PAMLA (Pacific Ancient & Modern Language Association)

Annual Conference, PAMLA (Pacific Ancient & Modern Language Association)

2015 - Portland, Oregon (Nov 6 - Nov 8, 2015; Portland State University and Hilton Portland)

Session: "Utopias Imagined and Attempted"

Literature is full of whole or partial accounts of authors musing on what an ideal society would be. This session seeks to examine the imagined accounts of authors with attempts to realize these societies. Accounts from any time period, geographical location and placement on the utopia-dystopia spectrum are welcome.