The Politics of Utopia: Marxism, Myth and Religion

University of Sheffield, Bakhtin Centre

The Politics of Utopia: Marxism, Myth and Religion
Friday, 19th November 2010

Workshop jointly organised by the Centre for Ernst Bloch Studies and the Bakhtin

Humanities Research Institute, Gell St., University of Sheffield.

10.00 – 11.00

Reception and coffee

11.00 – 12.30

Peter Thompson (Sheffield): “The Communist Hypothesis and the
Invariant of Direction. Badiou, Bloch and the political theology of the

Craig Brandist (Sheffield): “Semantic Palaeontology and the Passage from Myth to
Science and Poetry: The Work of Izrail´ Frank-Kamenetskii (1880-1937)”

12.30 – 13.30


13.30 – 15.00

Esther Leslie (Birkbeck): “Mountains and Crystals: Utopia in the Snows of Weimar”

Richard Howells (King’s): “Creation and Creativity: Utopia and Navajo Design”

15.00 – 15.30


15.30 – 17.00

Caitríona Ní Dhúill (Durham): “Experiments with the name of God: Bloch’s reading of mystery”

Johan Siebers (IGRS/Lancaster): “Parks and Deserts: Outline of a Blochian
environmental philosophy”

17.00 – 18.00

Wine reception

18.00 – 19.30

Film screening and discussion in the Exhibition Space (titles

Craig Brandist,
Professor of Cultural Theory and Intellectual History,
Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies,
University of Sheffield,
Jessop West,
1 Upper Hanover Street,
Sheffield, S3 7RA.

Tel. +44 (0)114 2227413
fax +44 (0)114 275 1198