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: Critical Insights volume on Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four

Articles wanted for a forthcoming Critical Insights volume on George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, including:
·         A 4000-4500 word introductory compare/contrast chapter that analyzes Nineteen Eighty-Four in light of at least one other dystopian novel and offers a comparative thematic analysis of both texts.  

·         A 4000-4500 word introductory critical lens chapter that provides a close reading of Nineteen Eighty-Four from a particular critical standpoint.

Utopian Studies reading list?

Hello fellow Utopists,

I am a PhD candidate in History, fairly new to the field of Utopian Studies. I'm working to integrate utopian theory into my dissertation, which examines a sample of utopian communities founded throughout the industrializing West at the turn of the twentieth century, and am looking for guidance on what texts are considered required reading on the subject. I've had a difficult time locating reading lists online, aside from those listed on utopian-studies.org's resource page.

Call for papers related to popular culture and global flows for SUS in Pittsburgh

Dear Colleagues,

Christina Braid and I submitted paper proposals on popular culture and global flows for the 2015 Society for Utopian Studies Conference in Pittsburgh.  We had hoped to send a call for papers, but were delayed beyond the original deadline.  Since the paper deadline has been extended to August 15, we wanted to send our panel description to the list in hope that it would inspire some of you to submit on this topic.

Potential Panel Description (with the two paper descriptions we have already submitted):

CfP for Panel at Upcoming SUS Conference

Call for Panelists for SUS Conference 2015

“Global Flows: Diaspora, Diversity, and Divergence in Utopia”


Panel: The State's Utopian Fight against the Dystopian


Location: Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA

Date: November 5-8, 2015

Panel Organizers:

Patricia Stapleton (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) and Andrew Byers (Duke University)


Conference Description: