(Un)Fair Cities. Equity, Ideology and Utopia in Urban Texts


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The Association for Literary Urban Studies / Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies invite sessions and individual papers on subjects engaging with, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • Representations of equity, equality and inequality in city writing
  • Radical urban futures
  • Geographies of hope in the context of 20thand 21st-century dystopia
  • Afrofuturism and the city
  • Urban segregation and future cities
  • Representations of freedom in urban texts
  • Novel forms of interaction and encounter in urban writing
  • Representation of urban mobilities and large-scale infrastructure –  from the industrial revolution to hyperloops
  • Rule, Utopia! Class struggles in urban political fiction
  • Techno-utopia and the representation of ‘smart cities’
  • Governing Ecotopia in climate fiction
  • Self-organization in 20thand 21st century dystopia
  • Urban commons in near-future fiction
  • Urban fables and cautionary tales
  • Methodological approaches to interdisciplinary research bridging utopian studies, future                                                               studies and literary urban studies

The deadline of the call for papers is 15 June 2019.Please submit proposals (not longer than 300 words) together with a short bio to:unfaircities@gmail.com

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