20th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society, Europe, 2019
Utopia, Dystopia and Climate Change
Monash University Prato Centre, Tuscany, Italy
1-5 July 2019
The Utopian Studies Society was established in 1988 by a group of British scholars, following an international conference on utopianism at New Lanark, which in the early nineteenth century was managed by the founder of British socialism, Robert Owen. It was re-launched, following the “Millennium of Utopias” conference at the University of East Anglia in June 1999. The Utopian Studies Society aims to co-ordinate and encourage the diverse work currently taking place on the subject of utopianism in the disciplines ofliterature, philosophy, sociology, history, architecture, politics, ecology, anthropology, film, media and computer games, gathering annually at the beginning of July in various European locations – Britain, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Cyprus, The Czech Republic, Italy. These conferences consist of keynote presentations which provide an opportunity to meet some of the great names among utopian scholars, network and get to know academics worldwide with shared interest in the study of utopianism, all in a welcoming atmosphere of openness, respect, inclusivity and dialogue which we deem particularly desirable given the universal context of academic competitiveness.We aim to promote a special community of scholars bonded by friendship and mutual interest in promoting our subject.
The 20th conference of the European Utopian Studies Society was held in Monash University’s Prato Centre in Tuscany from 1-5 July 2019, subjacent to the theme Utopia, Dystopia and Climate Change, addressing the way utopianists have explored the utopian and dystopian possible outcomes of anthropogenic global warming. As with all the Society’s conferences, papers on other aspects of utopias and utopianism will also be welcome.
On the 3rd of July, Pedro Leão Neto (the coordinator of scopio Editions) presented the paper "Visual Spaces Of Change: Embedding Photography And Image Manipulation Into Critical Debates On The Urban Environment", that explores the relationships between virtual dimensions of photography and concrete physical realities in contemporary discourses on Architecture, City and Territory.