Institute of Philosophy, Social and Political Studies of Southern Federal University is inviting to participate in Interdisciplinary conference “Utopian projects in the history of culture (dedicated to the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s «Utopia»)”, which will be held on November 11-12, 2016.
In 2016, it turns 500 years since the moment of release Thomas More’s «Utopia». This «a truly golden little book» has led not only to the birth of a new literary genre but also paved the way to a new mode of thinking about the future associated with the construction of an imaginary alternate reality.
Utopia was born at the beginning of the Modern era and belongs to the modern culture. However, its background was formed by the classical myths, ancient philosophy, Christian tradition and beliefs, folklore. The discovery of America has played a specific role in the emergence of the modern utopia and the American continent became the «laboratory» of the European utopias.
Through the centuries, the semantics of the word «utopia» extended depending on the sociocultural context; utopian thought filled with different contents and acquired new forms. Novels about travelling were complemented with the political tracts, social theories, environmental and linguistic projects, futurological prognosis, etc. That’s the reason why the conference on More’s Utopia must be interdisciplinary – its focus intends the participation of representatives of various academic disciplines: philosophy, literature, sociology, history, political science, ecology, anthropology, law, art history, cultural studies, etc. Besides the different forms of utopia, the conference will especially focus on utopian derivations: dystopia and hyper utopia.
The topics for discussion will include, but not be limited to:
- Thomas More and his era
- Philosophy of utopia
- At the origins of the genre: ancient utopia
- Myth, religion and folklore as sources of modern utopia
- Utopia as a genre and as a mode of thinking
- Utopias and utopian practices in the history of culture
- Russian utopian tradition
- Utopia and America
- Modern utopianism: theories and practices
- Utopia in Soviet and post-Soviet cultural space
- Dystopia in modern science fiction
- Utopia and dystopia in cinema
- Art Utopias
- Utopia in education: theoretical discourse and practical experiences
- Utopia and language
- Utopia in politics and law
- Utopia and tradition
- Existential and psychological utopia
The languages of the conference are Russian and English.
The registration fee for foreign participants is 30 €.
The fee covers the cost of publication of the post-conference volume and its distribution.
For participation, it’s necessary to fill the application form – https://goo.gl/forms/R2iZghcrhKuvLRys1
The form should be filled by October 10, 2016.
All papers will be published in the post-conference volume. Absentee participation is possible as multi-authored monograph is planned. Papers up to 7 000 characters in total should be also sent by October 10, 2016 to email@example.com. By October 15, selected participants will receive a confirmation letter.
Paper presents a summary of your research, containing problem analysis and individual conclusions in its decision. Papers containing exclusively an overview of the perspectives of other authors will not be accepted for the publication. The reference list is obligatory.
The organizing Committee has the right to select applications for participation in the conference and papers for publication.
The organizers don’t cover arrival and accommodation costs. The organizing Committee can help in finding and selecting hotels.
Organizing Committee address: 116, Dneprovsky per., Institute of Philosophy, Social and Political Studies, Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, 344000 Russia.
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org; tel: +7-909-423-97-90.
Contact person: Maxim Romanenko