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Political Uses of Utopia

Political Uses of Utopia
Founders College, Rm 303 (Brian Cragg Room), York University
Time: Apr 18th, 9:00 am End: Apr 19th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Women & Gender Studies (FAS), Urban, Sociology (FAS), Science/Technology, Political Science, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Humanities, Human Geography (UTSC), History (FAS), History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), Ethics, English (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Critical Theory, Cities and Humanities, Canada, Anthropology (UTSC), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 2000-, 1950-2000
An international workshop April 18th-19th 2013, hosted by York University

Founders College at York University, and the Department of Politics, York University, present:

An international workshop April 18th-19th 2013, hosted by York University.

Political Uses of Utopia

The workshop features scholars representing different traditions and perspectives within political theory. Our goal is to explore in a focused manner what the idea of utopia and different forms of utopianism can contribute to political thought across different traditions, including liberalism, radical democracy, anarchism, Marxism, Critical Theory, environmentalism, and feminism. We have invited six leading international scholars, together with six emerging scholars, to lead a discussion with students and faculty from local universities as well as a more general public on the different possibilities for thinking utopia politically.

On each of the workshop's two days, three sessions will be held during the day at Founder's College at York University in Toronto. The first two will be introduced by papers by leading scholars in different subfields of political theory, to be followed by questions from the audience. The third, afternoon session will be launched by a panel in which the presenters will be joined by three emerging scholars; together, they will seek to engage the audience in a more general discussion of the themes that have arisen so far.

In order to facilitate involvement, we will circulate texts in advance—those the speakers will present and/or others chosen by them to serve as a basis for discussion—both by email among the participants and more broadly by means of a website constructed for this purpose. Each day will then culminate in a public lecture by a senior political theorist whose work on utopia has not yet attained the attention it deserves within English-language political theory.


For more information please email Nika Jabbarova (event coordinator) at nikaj@yorku.ca, or visit here

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