CFP: [International] Utopian Studies Europe

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Michael Griffin
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"Bridges to Utopia”
The 9th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society will be
held at the University of Limerick on 3-5 July 2008. The conference will
begin at 2:30 pm on 3 July and end at 4:30 pm on 5 July. With the theme
of “Bridges to Utopia,” the conference will examine a range of topics
related to utopia and utopianism, in its historical articulation and
contemporary realisation. Keynote speakers are Joe Cleary (National
University of Ireland, Maynooth), Bernard Gendron (University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Peadar Kirby (University of Limerick), and Nicole
Pohl (Oxford Brookes University).

Call for Papers

Proposals are invited for papers and panels on any aspect of the utopian
tradition – from the earliest utopian visions to the utopian speculations
of the 21st century, including art, architecture, urban and rural
planning, literary utopias, dystopian writing, political activism,
theories of utopia, theories of utopian spaces and ontologies, music, new
media, and intentional communities, historical and contemporary.

Papers are especially welcomed on the conference theme of “Bridges to
Utopia” or on the plenary themes: Irish Utopias, Utopia and Music, and
Utopia and the Built Environment. Proposals should be for individual
papers of 20 minutes, which if accepted will be grouped with others of
relevant interest as far as practicality allows, or for panels or strands
of panels with 3 papers each.

The conference language is English. Proposals for a panel of 3 papers in
another European language, with all presenters registered for the
conference and with a designated chair, are welcome. These sessions will
take place in the nominated language. Abstracts should be submitted in
the original language and English.

Proposal Abstracts

Abstracts of 100 - 250 words should be submitted by e-mail as a file
attachment in Word (only) to by 28 February 2008. Our
aim is to be inclusive.

Abstracts should include (in this order): name and affiliation, e-mail
address, title of paper, abstract, plus 3 keywords (if possible on one
side of A4 in a typeface no smaller than 10). With your abstract, please
indicate the following: scheduling restrictions or other special needs
for your presentation; audiovisual needs; need for written letter of
acceptance (or indicate if an email acceptance is sufficient).

Abstracts are refereed by the conference committee (Dr Joachim Fischer,
Dr Michael J. Griffin, Dr Michael G. Kelly, Dr Carmen Kuhling, Prof Tom
Moylan, Dr Briona NicDhiarmada).

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