Utopia, Dystopia and Critical Theory

Studies in Social and Political Thought Annual Graduate Conference Thursday 13 May 2010 University of Sussex Center for Literature & Philosophy, Brighton

Utopia, Dystopia and Critical Theory

A One-day Interdisciplinary Conference for Postgraduate and Research Students.

Keynote Speaker: Prof Peter Osborne (Middlesex)

‘Knowledge has no light except that shed on the world by redemption’

Adorno, Minima Moralia (153).


Postgraduate and Research Students as well as early career researchers working in philosophy, social, political and/or literary theory are invited to submit an abstract of 200 to 400 words on any topic related to the conference theme, prepared for blind reviewing, for a 20-minute paper to be followed by 10 minutes of discussion.

Eight papers will be selected for three themed sessions, followed by a keynote talk.

Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in Studies and Social & Political Thought, a graduate journal published by the Center for Social and Political Theory at the University of Sussex since 1990 (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/cspt/1-6-1.html).

The deadline for submissions is 04 April 2010. Notification of acceptance will be sent out within a week. Abstracts or questions should be addressed

to:     sspt2010@googlemail.com

Possible topics include:

Feminist Futures Science Fiction, Cultural Politics and the Political Imagination Utopia and/or Dystopia Crisis (of Capitalism/Feminism/the State/Marxism/Critical Theory etc) Ends (of History/Ideology/Capitalism/Communism/Neo-Liberalism/Postcoloniality etc) Immanent and Transcendent Criticism Environment, Catastrophe, Risk Futures (of Critical Theory/Post-modernity/Europe/Islam/Secular Humanism/Globalisation etc) Infinity and Totality / Representations of Transcendence/Utopia/Dystopia/Apocalypse / Negative Theology /Iconography, Idolatory and Ideology Critique