CFP: Demanding the Impossible: The Third Australian Conference on Utopia (Australia) (9/30/07; 12/5/07-12/6/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Utopias
contact email: 
utopias@arts.monash.edu.au

Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

DEMANDING THE IMPOSSIBLE: THE THIRD AUSTRALIAN CONFERENCE ON UTOPIA,
DYSTOPIA AND SCIENCE FICTION
5-6 December 2007

Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Monash
University, Clayton Campus, Melbourne, Australia

Keynote Speakers:

TOM MOYLAN
Glucksman Professor of Contemporary Writing and Director of the Ralahine
Center for Utopian Studies, University of Limerick

LYMAN TOWER SARGENT
Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Missouri, St.
Louis, and Visiting Fellow, Mansfield College, University of Oxford

LUCY SUSSEX
Distinguished Australian science fiction writer and author of 'A Tour
Guide in Utopia'

Other Speakers will include:

Andrew Benjamin (Professor of Critical Theory, CCLCS), Roland Boer
(Associate Professor, CCLCS), Ian Buchanan (Professor of Critical
Theory, Cardiff University), Verity Burgmann (Professor of Politics,
University of Melbourne), Jacqueline Dutton (Senior Lecturer in French,
University of Melbourne), Andrew Milner (Professor of Cultural Studies,
CCLCS), Chris Palmer (Head of English, La Trobe University), Kate Rigby
(Director, CCLCS).

CONFERENCE WEBSITE:

http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/lcl/conferences/utopias3/

In December 2001 the University of Tasmania hosted a successful
conference around the theme of Antipodean Utopias. In December 2005,
Monash University hosted a second conference, around the theme of
Imagining the Future, to mark the long-awaited publication of
Archaeologies of the Future, Fredric Jameson's full-length monograph on
utopia and science fiction. In all, there were something like 90 papers
presented to this conference, including one by Jameson himself. This
third conference will return to the question of how we imagine the
future and whether such imaginings remain open to the unforeseeable.
Jameson famously concludes that utopia is `a meditation on the
impossible, on the unrealizable in its own right'. Hopefully, the
conference will play some small part in prompting similar such
meditations on the impossible. Its keynote speakers will be: Tom Moylan,
author of 'Demand the Impossible' and 'Scraps of the Untainted Sky';
Lyman Tower Sargent, founding editor of 'Utopian Studies' and co-editor
of 'The Utopia Reader'; and Lucy Sussex, author of 'A Tour Guide in
Utopia'.

The conference invites papers from scholars, writers and others
interested in utopia, dystopia and science fiction.

ABSTRACTS

Abstracts (approx. 100-150 words) should be sent by 30 September 2007 by
e-mail to <Utopias_at_arts.monash.edu.au>* *or by post to Utopias3
Conference, Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies,
Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria 3800, AUSTRALIA.
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