13th International Conference


Tarragona, 4th-7th July 2012

The shape of things to come...

1. Adam Roberts
Royal Holloway, University of London, London, UK
Pleanary date: Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
Title: to be decided

Educated at the universities of Aberdeen and Cambridge, Adam Roberts currently teaches English literature and creative writing at Royal Holloway (University of London). He has been nominated three times for the Arthur C. Clarke Award: in 2001 for his novel Salt; in 2007, for Grandisil; and in 2010 for Yellow Blue Tibia: A Novel.
Fiction and short fiction:
Jack Glass (2012), By Light Alone (2011), Anticopernicus (2011), New Model Army (2010), Yellow Blue Tibia: A Novel (2009), Swiftly: A Novel (2008), Splinter (2007), Land of the Headless (2007), Grandisil (2006), Swiftly: Stories (2004), The Snow (2004), Polystom (2003), Jupiter Magnified (2003), Stone (2002), Park Polar (2002), On (2001), Salt (2000).
The Palgrave History of Science Fiction (2005)
Science Fiction:The New Critical Idiom (2005)

2. Elizabeth Russell
Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain
Plenary date: Thursday, July 5th, 2012
Title: to be decided

Elizabeth Russell has been teaching in the Department of English and German Studies, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain, since 1982 and has published in the following areas: cross-cultural studies, utopian studies, women's writing and feminist theories.
Her doctoral thesis (1985) was a study of utopias and dystopias written by women from 1792-1937. Recent publications as editor include: Caught Between Cultures: Women, Writing & Subjectivities (Rodopi: 2002); Loving Against the Odds. Women's Writing in English in a European Context (Peter Lang: 2006) and Trans/Forming Utopia, Volumes I and II (Peter Lang: 2009).
Other recent publications: "From Embodied Spaces to Disembodied Places: Manjula Padmanabhan's 'Harvest' and 'Escape' in: Isabel Carrera Suárez et al (eds) Reading Transcultural Cities (Col·lecció Estudis Anglesos, Universitat Illes Balears, 2012). "Self and the City: Spanish Women Writing Utopian Dreams and Nightmares" in: Spaces of Utopia, e-journal, No. 2, 2006, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade do Porto, Portugal. "Mary Shelley: Writing the Abyss of the Present" in K.T. Sunitha (ed). Women's Autobiographies. (University of Mysore, India: 2006) and Somnis d'Utopies (2007: Quaderns de l'Institut 9, Institut Català de les Dones, Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona).
Elizabeth Russell is a member of the research groups T-CLAA (Cultural Transformations in English and German) and GRÈC (Gender, Race, Ethnicity & Class).

3. Lucy Sargisson
University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
Plenary date: Friday, July 6th, 2012
Title: to be decided

Lucy Sargisson is an Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Nottingham. She is an active member of the profession, serving on the Steering Group of the Utopian Studies Society, and the Steering Group of the Political Studies Association's 'Politics of Property' Specialist Group. She is a member of the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice at Nottingham, and of CONCEPT, Nottingham's new Political Theory Centre. She works on political utopias and utopianism, which includes eutopias and dystopias, imaginary explorations of utopianism and also lived experiments. Her research has included publications about religious fundamentalism, alternative lifestyles, intentional communities, feminist and environmentalist theories.
Recent publications include:
"Second-Wave Cohousing: A Modern Utopia?" Utopian Studies, 23 (1), (In press).
Fools Gold? Utopia in the Twenty First Century (Palgrave Macmillan: 2012).
"Friends Have All Things in Common: Utopian Property Relations". British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 12 (2010).
"Sustainability and the International Community: Green Intentional Communitites" in Leonard, Liam and Barry, John (eds.). The Transition to sustainable Living and Practice. Emerald Management Research Publishing, 2009.

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