[UPDATE] Deadline extended: Utopia in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

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University of North Georgia Arts and Letters Conference 2014
contact email: 
rebecca.johnston@ung.edu

Utopia in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

University of North Georgia – Dahlonega, GA
February 28 – March 2, 2014
proposal deadline: September 30, 2013

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 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 rebecca.johnston@ung.edu by September 30, 2013.** deadline extended

Rebecca R. Johnston
Department of Music
University of North Georgia
82 College Circle
Dahlonega, GA 30597
Email: rebecca.johnston@ung.edu

For more information, see our website: http://blog.ung.edu/ungal-conference

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african-american
american
childrens_literature
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
eighteenth_century
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
medieval
modernist studies
poetry
popular_culture
postcolonial
religion
renaissance
romantic
science_and_culture
theatre
theory
travel_writing
twentieth_century_and_beyond
victorian