From early ideas of a perfect human condition to a more modern
conception of technological or social nirvana, visions of utopia have
permeated our histories. Their genesis is often in response to social
and political struggle, or is a reaction to imperfect reality. They are
commentaries on the aspirations of our predecessors and present
dreamers for the potential that lives within us all. This interdisciplinary
conference seeks to examine how human experience and culture has
impacted our idea of utopia in the present, in times and places past,
and in the future.
What do these visions of utopia tell us about ourselves? How have
they been conceived during centuries past, and how have they
changed? How has our conception of utopia propelled us and shaped
our intellectual activity and creative output? How does it impact what
we do today, and what we envision for the future?
The idea of utopia raises interesting interpretive questions about all of
the arts and humanities. These questions are investigations into the
nature of humankind. They reflect our curiosity about ourselves, and
about our place in the whole human enterprise.
We welcome contributors from all disciplines and on a wide range of
topics. Possible themes might include:
▪ Utopia and creativity
▪ Social utopia
▪ Utopia and revolution
▪ Creating the Garden of Eden
▪ Utopia and dystopia
▪ The price of utopia
▪ Utopia and human rights
▪ Utopia in human psychology
▪ Anthropocentrism and utopia
▪ Utopia in ecology
▪ Utopia in the creative arts
A selection of contributions to the conference will be published in a a
peer-reviewed, edited volume by University of North Georgia Press.
Faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars are welcome.
Please submit an abstract of 200 – 300 words and a brief biography
to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 1, 2013.
Rebecca R. Johnston
Department of Music
University of North Georgia
82 College Circle Dahlonega, GA 30597
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