The 2015 Conference of the University of Hertfordshire’s Social Science, Arts and Humanities Research Institute (SSAHRIVenue: Spirella Ballroom, Letchworth Garden City, 12 November 2015 at 10:30am - 5pm
followed by a public lecture and reception
You are cordially invited to attend this year’s SSAHRI conference; organised by colleagues at the University of Hertfordshire and the University of Lincoln, and very kindly supported by the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation.
It is very appropriate that the conference will be taking place in Letchworth, the world's first Garden City – and one of the first practical experiments in Utopianism. The conference is exploring the concept of Utopia – we will be looking at utopias from all sorts of angles: social, economic, educational, environmental, literary, cultural, aesthetic and philosophical to name a few.
The conference Keynote speech will be delivered by distinguished architectural historian of the 20th century, Professor Alan Powers. In other plenary and panel sessions we expect to range across some diverse and fascinating utopian themes including utopian politics, ideas about “The Ideal City”; Utopian visionaries; the way Utopia has been expressed in Garden Cities, New Towns and planned estates in the UK; how Utopianism has sometimes shaded into ‘dystopia’; Utopianism as a social and economic vision for the future; and literary visions of Utopia.
So please do join us at what promises to be a fascinating (and free) day.
More details of the programme and speakers will be available soon. In the meantime to secure your place at this free event please RSVP to Ms. Anna Hammerin