Utopia anniversary symposium
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s Utopia. Beyond its own significance, it gave a name to various traditions of speculation that preceded it and to a range of subsequent social and cultural practices, from experimental communities and political discourses to works of the imagination across all media. It has also given rise to a plethora of associated concepts and critical categories, including anti-utopia, eutopia, dystopia, cacotopia, ambiguous utopia, ambiguous heterotopia, critical utopia, critical dystopia and afrotopia. To celebrate this anniversary and the generative power of More’s work, we invited a number of scholars and writers to contribute short pieces on utopianism and related ideas in contemporary sf, film and/or television.