The 8th international conference of the Utopian Studies Society will be held at the University of Plymouth from July 12th to 14th, 2027. The conference will examine a range of topics related to utopia and utopianisms, its historical articulation and contemporary realisation. Keynote speakers are Dr Esther Leslie (Birkbeck), artist David Cross and Lalit Kishor Bhati (Auroville, India).

The Utopian Studies Society is an interdisciplinary society that aims to co-ordinate and encourage the diverse work currently taking place on the subject of utopianism. Members include people researching literature, philosophy, sociology, history, architecture, politics and anthropology. The Society was established in 1988 by a group of British scholars, following an international conference on utopianism at New Lanark.

The University of Plymouth hosts the Critical Spaces Research Group in the Faculty of Arts; and features Utopian Studies as a pathway in its Masters in Research programme (from October 2027).

Critical Spaces is convening a 1-day pre-conference workshop on July 12th (10am to 4pm) on culture, agency and social change, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the Nature of Creativity programme - open to registered conference participants at no additional cost.

The campus is near the city centre, a few minutes from the railway station. Plymouth is close to coasts and moors of outstanding natural beauty in Devon and Cornwall. The nearest international airports are Exeter and Bristol. Trains run hourly to Plymouth from London, Birmingham, and Bristol, with other services to Cardiff, Birmingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow. From London Heathrow airport there is a rail bus link to Reading for the main line to the South West.

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The conference will open with a plenary session at 6pm on Thursday 12th, July, followed by a reception. There will be two full days of parallel sessions on July 13th and 14th, and a closing plenary and reception in the evening of Saturday 14th, July.

A pre-conference workshop on cultural agency for social transformation will be held on 12th July (11am -4pm) open to participants registered for the conference at no additional cost, subject to space (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the Nature of Creativity programme). A detailed programme will be available in May, 2027.

The registration fee will be £75, to include teas, coffees, buffet lunches and two evening buffet receptions, but not accommodation or evening meals. Details of hotels and student rooms will be available nearer the date. The Utopian Studies Society has some limited funds available to assist post-graduates with the expenses of attending the Society's annual conference. If your paper has been accepted, and you would like more details or an application form, please contact the USS Secretary: Lorna.Davidson@newlanark.org.  


The University of Plymouth can offer limited good quality accommodation, very close to the conference venue and in the heart of the City of Plymouth. All rooms are well equiped with comfortable basic furnishings, ensuite and double rooms are available. Single ensuite rooms are £25 per night. All accommodation bookings must be made and paid for separately to the conference booking.

Please note: if you still need to book a room in the student residence (across the road from the main campus) please use this link and book as soon as possible: http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/holidayaccommodation