Call for chapters for a book on Utopias, Dystopias and Postutopias

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Call for Papers
December 11, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Humanities, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science


Our intention is to present the project to De Gruyter’s 10 Topics, 10 Books, 10 Weeks competition. If chosen by De Gruyter, the book will be published in free Open Access format in 2021.


Each chapter has to be between 7000 and 8000 words and will be sent to editors by September 2021.


The abstract of the book: Qualified by Ernst Bloch as a constitutive part of human being’s temporal dimension, in opposition to the Heideggerian “being for death” and converted during May ‘68 into a new swan song abolished by postmodernity and environmental crises, utopias continue to be one of the main legitimizing forces both of modernity’s developmental policies and alternative and/or antagonist theories and social movements. Utopias are not naive fantasies with which to escape from reality, as evidenced by the fact that utopian thought of the last 500 years is behind the great civilizing projects launched throughout the world. In addition, they have always signaled the direction to follow, despite the fact that the obtained result never coincides with the objective that was set.

Although human being’s utopian dimension was maintained as something unitary during previous historical times, the partial realization of many of what until the 20th century had been unattainable or merely trend-setting dreams has irrevocably fragmented that unity. This fragmentation has favored the appearance of both its dystopian reversals and its problematic post-utopian spectres. However, our current societies remain deeply linked to utopian thinking, both in the field of international developmental policies (Sustainable Development Goals) and in the socio-economic, environmental and spatial ideologies with which complex systems operate. This close union is also seen in the use and application of the new Information and Communication Technologies, and even in the definition and reconstruction of human nature.

The aim of this book is to promote an interdisciplinary reflection at a global level in which the main experts in utopian, dystopian and post-utopian thought identify and synthesize the influence of this triple poietic-political dimension in some of the problems that have characterized the academic and social debates of the last four decades—namely, the crisis of modernity, the rise of neoliberalism and the decline of socialism, the irruption of cybernetics and new digital technologies, the intersectionality between class, gender and race, the bioethical debates around post-humanism, the environmental crisis and the design and biopolitics of cities.


The sections of the book:

 1. Utopia and modernity

2. Utopia and (neo-) liberalism

3. Utopia and socialism

4. Dystopia and biopolitics

5. Cyber-utopias

6. Utopia and Gender

7. Utopia, Postcolonialism and Decoloniality

8. Utopia and Posthumanism / Technology

9. Utopia and Ecology / Anthropocene

10. Utopia and Art

11. Utopia and city

12. Post-utopias


Contact Info: 

Editors: Julia Urabayen (University of Navarra, Spain) and Jorge León Casero (University of Zaragoza, Spain).

Please send the tentative title of a chapter and a short curriculum vitae including details on recent publications (5-6 lines) before December 11 to Julia Urabayen:



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