Utopia and Race

deadline for submissions: 
November 30, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Utopian Studies: The Journal for the Society for Utopian Studies
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Utopia and Race
Special Issue of Utopian Studies--a peer-reviewed publication of the Society for Utopian Studies

The relationship between race and utopia (more specifically, eutopia, a good place) has historically been problematic and often times simply ignored. With notable exceptions in earlier work by scholars such as Tom Moylan that focused on the “critical utopias” of the 1970s, as well as the scholarship on Octavia Butler and Samuel Delany, it has only been in the past ten years or so that there has been more—though sporadic—scholarship wrestling with that relationship. There remains a need to address race and utopia in a direct and comprehensive manner. We feel it is time to survey the status of this scholarship at the current moment as well as look ahead to future directions of work on this topic. To those ends, we invite submissions for a special issue of Utopian Studies to be published in 2018 that will examine all aspects of the relationship between race and utopia in areas such as social theory, fictional and nonfictional texts, lived experiences, and architecture. Because much of the scholarship on race and utopia has focused on dystopia, we encourage, but are not limiting this call to, proposals that address eutopia.

Please send inquiries or 250-word abstracts by November 1, 2016  to either Patricia Ventura, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA pventura@spelman.edu
or Edward K. Chan, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan chanedwardk@gmail.com.