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Utopian Studies

Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, Editor


Utopian Studies

Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, Editor

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Now in its thirty-fourth year of publication, Utopian Studies: The Journal of the Society for Utopian Studies publishes scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects related to: utopia and dystopias; utopianism in any creative medium; utopian theory, including political and economic theory; and intentional communities. While retaining the journal’s unique interest in the history of utopia, dystopia, and their expressions in aesthetic and political movements, the new editors are eager to receive submissions offering contemporary theorizations and analyses of u/dystopian texts (broadly conceived), environments and movements from around the world.

We encourage essays that open new areas of scholarly research, and invite contributions touching on intersections of utopian thought, speculation, and possibility with any of the following: animal studies; Anthropocene studies; the arts and architecture; critical race studies; feminist studies; queer and trans studies; global studies; communications, social media, and new media; cartographies; communal studies; cultural studies; economics; education; environmental studies; digital environments; insularity and island studies; film studies; food studies; future studies; game studies; history; indigenous studies; global literatures; music and sound studies; philosophy and aesthetics; political science and theory; psychology; radical thought and movements; reader reception studies; sociology; technology studies; urban planning; and more.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Still Cruising Utopia: A Utopian Studies Special Issue on Queer Utopia and the Legacy of José Esteban Muñoz. PLEASE SEE SUBMISSIONS FOR DETAILS

Utopian Studies is a peer-reviewed publication of the Society for Utopian Studies.

Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, The Pennsylvania State University, US

Managing Editor
Kirsten Harris, University of Bristol, UK

Associate Editor
Christian P. Haines, The Pennsylvania State University, US

Assistant Editor
Stephanie Peebles Tavera, Texas A&M University, US

Book Review Editor
Elisabeth Reichel, Osnabrück University, DE

Editorial Board
Miguel A. Ramiro Avilés, Universidad de Alcalá, ES
Raffaella Baccolini, Universitá di Bologna, IT
Antonis Balasopoulos, University of Cyprus, CY
Ildney Cavalcanti, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, BR
Edward Chan, Waseda University, JP
Laurence Davis, University College Cork, IE
Caroline Edwards, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Peter Fitting, Innis College, University of Toronto, CA
Michael G. Kelley, Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies, University of Limerick, IE
Patricia McManus, University of Brighton, UK
Timothy Miller, University of Kansas, US
Tom Moylan, Professor Emeritus, University of Limerick, IE
Kenneth M. Roemer, University of Texas at Arlington, US
Peter Sands, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, US
Kathi Weeks, Duke University, US
Phillip E. Wegner, University of Florida, US

Advisory Board
Merritt Abrash, Professor Emeritus, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US
Artur Blaim, University of Gdansk, PL
Ronald R. Creagh, Professor Emeritus, Université Paul Valery, FR
Michael S. Cummings, University of Colorado at Denver, US
J. C. Davis, Professor Emeritus, University of East Anglia, GB
Eóin Flannery, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, IR
Vita Fortunati, Universitá do Bologna, IT
Justyna Galant, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, PL
Carl Guarneri, St Mary's College of California, US
Fredric Jameson, Professor Emeritus, Duke University, US
Zorica Joksimovic, University of Novi Sad, RS
Lise Leibacher, University of Arizona, Tucson, US
Ruth Levitas, Professor Emeritus, Universrity of Bristol, GB
Miguel Martinez Lopez, Universitat de València, ES
William J. Metcalf, Griffith University and University of Queensland, AU
Andrew Milner, Professor Emeritus, Monash University, AU
Dunja M. Mohr, University of Erfurt, DE
Diane Morgan, University of Leeds, GB
Gerard Raulet, Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris, FR
Pierre Ronzeaud, Professor Emeritus, Université de Provence, FR
Richard Saage, Professor Emeritus, Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig, DE
Hans Ulrich Seeber, Professor Emeritus, Universität Stuttgart, DE
Peter G. Stillman, Vassar College, US
Darko Suvin, Professor Emeritus, McGill University, CA

Editorial Assistant
Manuel Sousa Oliviera, Universidade do Porto, PT

Founding Editor
Lyman Tower Sargent, Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri, St. Louis, US

Still Cruising Utopia: A Utopian Studies Special Issue on Queer Utopia and the Legacy of José Esteban Muñoz

Deadline for all manuscripts: April 1, 2024.

To acknowledge and celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the publication of “Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity” (2009) by José Esteban Muñoz (1967-2013), Utopian Studies seeks contributions for a special issue on Queer Utopia to be published in Winter 2024 (volume 35.3). Scholarly writing on queer utopias and/or queer utopianism has exploded since the publication of Muñoz’s text in 2009. For this issue of Utopian Studies we are particularly interested in contributions that assess the role that Cruising Utopia and other work by Muñoz have played in the theorization of queer possibilities. How has his work–and those who have followed him–shaped the field that is, or could be, called queer utopianism? How has this work been reshaping the very field we call “utopian studies”? We encourage contributions from queer, BIPOC, Latinx, Indigenous, and social and gender minorities, as well as contributions from the Global South.

Utopian Studies is an interdisciplinary scholarly journal nearing its 35th year of publication.

Types of contributions: The journal has five sections, accommodating a variety of possible contribution formats:

Full-length academic articles (7,500 words max): For this issue we seek essays on any aspect of queer utopianism. All essays should be informed by contemporary theoretical debates in both utopian and queer studies. For inquiries, please contact Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor (Editor) at .

Critical Forum: A set of essays that comprise a “dialog” around a particular theoretical question or issue. The Forum is typically organized as a discrete set of contributions (some of these groupings have started out as conference panels). This cluster of essays can run from 20,000 to 25,000 words total, comprising 4-6 contributions. For inquiries, please contact Christian Haines (Associate Editor) at .

Desire Lines (2,500 words max): This section features academic writing in a more personal mode. Contributions might address “What would a queer utopia look like”?, for example. For inquiries, please contact Stephanie Peebles Tavera (Assistant Editor) at .

Conference Briefings: If you have attended a conference, workshop, or colloquium in the last year that pertains to the special issue topic, we accept submissions of 1,500- to 2,500-word critical reflections on the event. For inquiries, please contact Manuel Sousa Oliviera (Editorial Assistant and Conference Briefings Editor) at .

Book Reviews: We publish book reviews of recent publications. Single-book reviews have 1,500 to 2,500 words; review essays (reviewing 2 or more books) up to 5,000 words. For this issue, we particularly seek reviews related to queer history, queer theory, and queer literature and art/performance. For inquiries, please contact Elisabeth Reichel (Book Review Editor) at .

ALL CONTRIBUTIONS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN APRIL 1, 2024, AND SUBMITTED THROUGH OUR EDITORIAL MANAGER SYSTEM. To submit a manuscript to the editorial office, please visit and create an author profile. The online system will guide you through the steps to upload your manuscript.
Submissions must follow the most recent edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. Please see the complete submission guidelines: here.

Academic article manuscripts should not be longer than 7,500 words including abstracts and notes.
Critical Forum essays may vary in length, depending on the number of contributors.
Desire Lines should be no longer than 2,500 words.
Book Reviews should not be longer than 2,500 words (or shorter than 1,500 words); review essays should not be longer than 5,000 words.
Conference Briefings should be no longer than 2,500 words.

Books for review should be sent directly to the Editor:
Dr. Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor
Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS)
339 Willard Building
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

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