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.