Between fiction and reality. Utopias, radical and utopian thought in the Early Modern Period 31.05-1.06.2013

Call for papers:

Between fiction and reality. Utopias, radical and utopian thought in the Early Modern Period (16th-18th centuries)

31.05-1.06.2013, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Dream of a better world was always deep incarnated in the human nature. Over centuries people dreamt about perfect societies, places and lands of never ending happiness. Tales, descriptions, legends, even heresies were meant to meet this desire. The early modern period, with its Utopia and numerous other utopias, is a time of many new ideas and intense endeavours to define "the perfect world".

The Institute of History of the Jagiellonian University organizes an international conference to explore these utopias, radical and utopian ideas in the early modern world in a broad, complex and interdisciplinary approach, at the same time seeking to discuss numerous crucial questions connected with the topic. These include, although are not limited to the following themes:

·        What is "utopia"/defining the phenomenon

·        History of utopias, radical and utopian thought

·        Utopia as a literary genre/forms of utopia, patterns of change

·        Regional/paneuropean utopias/influences

·        Key to utopia/topics and spheres present in utopian writings/ideas

·        Forgotten utopias

·        Gender/sex/family in utopia

·        Texts/representations/actions. Is utopia only a fiction or could we make it real? Historical attempts to incarnate the dream

·        Interaction between authors, ideas and reality in time and space


Proposals for 20 minute papers should be sent as 250-300 word abstracts (with a short cv attached) to Jakub Basista ( or Jakub Janik ( no later than by 28 February 2013. Notices of acceptance will be released by mid-March 2013.

The language of the conference is English. Conference fee of 300 PLN (75 Euros) will cover conference materials, coffee breaks and meals. Regretfully the organizers will not be able to help with the costs of travel and accommodation, although participants will have an option of choosing a pre-booked university accommodation (at roughly 50 Euros per night).

            The organizers hope to publish a volume with selected papers from the conference.

Data opublikowania: 07.03.2013
Osoba publikująca: Tomasz Tekieli

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