The organizers of Utopia for 500 Years, a Conference on Thomas More’s Utopia to be held at St. Thomas More College, University Of Saskatchewan 22-24 September 2016, have extended the deadline for submissions to 15 February 2016. Please see the original call for papers here.
A Conference on Thomas More’s Utopia to be held at St. Thomas More College, University Of Saskatchewan, 22-24 September 2016, in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the work’s publication.
In the five hundred years since Thomas More published his Utopia, the work has had a profound influence on political and philosophical thought. But it has likewise held an important place in modern aesthetic and cultural developments—in literature, in art, in architecture and design—and has inspired political change, social experiments, and radical countercultural movements.
This conference seeks to address the varieties of utopia and utopianism that More’s work and those influenced by it have dared imagine. Does the utopian impulse mark a practical response to political, ecological or social crisis? Does utopia reflect a nostalgia for some lost golden age or optimism for a better—if perhaps impossible—future? Do utopian fictions allow us to explore previously unseen possibilities or confine us to the realm of mere imagination? What about dystopias? How are imagined dystopias informed by the tradition begun by More? Are they a straightforward antithesis of the utopian impulse, or could it be that dystopia is somehow a product of utopianism? Finally, what is the place of Utopia and utopias in historical change? Can we identify historical or modern social, economic or ecological experiments that display some utopian vision? In short, how has utopia been used as a tool to think with and how have people translated that thought into action.
We invite proposals on a range of topics that address More’s Utopia, its context, reception and influence, but also those that more broadly address the idea of utopias and utopianism in other political, philosophical, literary, social and historical contexts. We hope this conference will bring together a range of scholars working on Utopia and utopias from diverse disciplinary perspectives.
Dr. Anne Prescott, Emerita Helen Goodhart Altschul Professor of English at Barnard College, will deliver a keynote address.
St. Thomas More College is a Catholic liberal arts college that is federated with the University of Saskatchewan. The College’s Shannon Library holds one of six extant copies of the 1518 second edition of More’s Utopia. Together with the Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Program and the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan, St. Thomas More College invites proposals for individual papers or complete panels that address the conference theme. Applications for funding to cover travel costs will be made available to those whose papers are accepted. Please send proposed titles and abstracts (no longer than 300 words) by email to email@example.com by 15 February 2016.
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Super Flamands à la School Gallery
Sacha Goldberger is a photographer who relies on fine details to create an image. One of his recent exhibits in Paris, entitled “Super Flamands,” blends our expectations of Renaissance costuming with our knowledge of characters in popular culture: its all in the details.
The names of the portraits have been chosen to reflect how a superhero’s portrait might have been named during the Renaissance. See if you can guess to which superhero these names belong:
« Portrait of a masked man with a spider embroidered on his chest. »
« Pale young woman surrounded by animals. »
« Portrait of an officer in a black helmet. »
« Portait of a man wearing a gold armor. »
« Portrait of a very hairy man. »
« Portrait of a man wearing a S on his chest »
If you guessed Spiderman, Snow White, Darth Vader, C3P0, Chewbacca, and Superman, you were correct!
Check out Sacha Goldberger’s Facebook page to see the full collection. Here are some of the pictures from the collection:
Goldberger, Sacha. “Super Flamands.” School Gallery. Paris. 7 March 2015. Web. 25 March 2015.
According to Sotheby’s International Realty, a Medieval castle has just gone on the market; for a mere $29 million USD, this castle in Tuscany can be yours, too.
The listing says that the property was built in the 12th century, and held through much of the 15th Century by the Piccolomini family (whose other claim to fame is producing two popes: Pius II and Pius III).
The scholarly importance of the property is less certain; while it was heavily redecorated in the 18th century, it supposedly maintains much of its original architecture. The most interesting part about the property is that its original owners are almost completely unknown… sounds like a fun mystery to me!