CFP: Society for Utopian Studies (US) (9-13 November 2022, Charleston, SC)

Peter Sands Announcement
South Carolina, United States
Subject Fields
Urban Design and Planning, Political Science, Literature, Humanities, World History / Studies

make, unmake, remake


November 9th-13th, 2022

Society for Utopian Studies

Embassy Suites Charleston Historic District

Charleston, SC



We invite creative and scholarly responses to our conference theme--"make, unmake, remake"-- with a particular interest in panels that offer interdisciplinary approaches to shared questions in utopian studies, including those that speak to post-pandemic life and renewal.  Topics might include:


--"tinkering towards utopia" vs. large scale utopian plans


--arts and crafts, "craftivism," and sustainability


--reparations for slavery and other historical atrocities


--utopian labor; labor in dystopian times


--building from the ashes / post-disaster and post-apocalyptic re-building


--utopia as apology and social repair


--revision, recursivity, play, and experimentation in utopian thought


--hope in dystopian times


--preparing, preserving, rebuilding, resilience


-- local responses to global change


We encourage scholars and practitioners from any academic field to contribute, as well as architects, city planners, artists, and musicians whose work relates to utopian thought and possibility, and dystopian realities and visions. Members of intentional communities are also welcome to attend and/or present. Non-theme related papers are welcome. The Society has been interdisciplinary since its founding in 1975. We invite abstracts and proposals of up to 250 words for the following: 


*  A 13-18 minute individual paper

*  A full panel of up to four speakers, or an informal roundtable of 3-6 presenters

*  A presentation or performance of a creative work or artifact

*  A visual/audio presentation in the form of a poster and/or demo

Proposal Deadline: May 22, 2022; Proposal forms can be found here:

Submission of proposals signals a willingness to follow any local, hotel, SUS or CDC Covid related guidelines.

Contact Information

Carrie Hintz, CUNY


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