From Ideal City to Cyberspace: Architecture and Urban Space in Utopian/Dystopian Literature and Film" PAMLA-Deadline April 5

full name / name of organization: 
Andre Schuetze

This session seeks to explore depictions of architecture and urban space in utopian and dystopian literature and film, analyzing how these representations reveal ideological and social concepts of the ideal community, as well as underscoring the problematics of a utopian social order.

Some possible issues to be explored: utopian island, symmetry and organization, isolation vs. receptivity, ideal city as reflection of the cosmos, control and surveillance, panopticon, revolution and architecture, architecture of Ledoux and Boullée, constructivist architecture, post war architecture, light and nature as metaphor for utopia, Outer space as utopian/dystopian space.

The 108th Annual PAMLA Conference will be held at Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawai'i, on 13 and 14 November, 2010.

One does not have to be a member of PAMLA to propose a paper, but one must become a member by May 1 to be listed in the program.

In order to propose a paper, a paper title, an approximately 500-word proposal, and an approximately 40-word abstract should be submitted online at: by April 5, 2010 (you will first have to register--proposals submitted before the deadline are most welcome).