Utopian Dreaming: 50 years of Imagined Futures in California and at UCSC--November 6-7, 2015


In 2015, UCSC is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia its 40th. Both are products of a fertile period of ferment across California, during the 1960s and 1970s. Why has California been such a fertile and fruitful site for “Utopian Dreaming,” in film, fiction, media, design, architecture, mobility, electronics, intentional communities,ecology and environment, counter-culture and social movements? What kinds of futures has California come to represent? What has been the role of UCSC in these imaginaries of the future. Does California remain a Promised Land, or is it a Land of Squandered Promise?

On November 6th and 7th, join scholars, students, observers and utopian dreamers , in a conference that celebrates those anniversaries and explores visions of the future that have emerged from California and UCSC about California and UCSC. Presentations will run the gamut from Ecotopia to Technodystopia, from the real to the fantasized, from the past to the future, assessing the impacts of utopian imaginaries on culture, politics, environment, cities, beliefs and ideologies at UCSC, across California, and beyond.

Music Center Recital Hall
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Join us at 7:30 PM on Friday night, November 6th, at the UCSC Music Recital Hall, to celebrate the life and work of Ernest Callenbach, author of Ecotopia and Ecotopia Rising. Noted science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson will give a keynote, followed by a conversation and reminiscences among several of Callenbach’s friends and family.

On Saturday, we will reconvene at 8:30 AM, in the Recital Hall for a day of talks, reflections and discussions about Utopian Dreaming in California. The keynote remembrance of UCSC will be given by Fred McPherson, followed by presentations from Benjamin Wurgraft (MIT), Kristin Miller (UCSC), Andrew Matthews (UCSC), Ursula Heise (UCLA), Cat Ramirez (UCSC), Miriam Greenberg (UCSC), Fred Turner (Stanford), Richard Barbrook (Westminster, UK) and Ronnie Lipschutz (UCSC). Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The conference schedule can be found at: http://eight.ucsc.edu/news-events/news/utopian-dreaming-conference.html

This conference is sponsored by College Eight, with funds from the Distinguished Visiting Professor fund. Additional sponsors include: Social Sciences Division, Anthropology,Sociology, Politics, Latin American & Latino Studies, Environmental Studies, Art, History, Literature, Crown College, Merrill College, Cowell College, Stevenson College, Porter College, Oakes College,Kresge College, the Center for Cultural Studies, Institute of the Arts & Sciences, Institute for Humanities Research, the Everett Program, the Chicano-Latino Research Center, the Science & Justice Research Center, an anonymous donor, the UCSC Natural Reserves Program, the Student Environmental Center and University Relations.

Admission details: 

Admission is free, but please register for the conference at http://tinyurl.com/pk3sko6

For questions and information, please contact Ronnie Lipschutz, rlipsch@ucsc.edu (email preferred) or 831-459-3275/459-2543.

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Event dates: 
11/06/2015 - 7:30pm