Eugenio Battisti Award

Each year the Society for Utopian Studies presents the Eugenio Battisti Award to the author of the best article in the previous year’s Utopian Studies. Eugenio Battisti (1924-1989), a much beloved scholar of utopian studies, was the founder of the Associazione internazionale per gli studi sulle utopie and the originator of a series of conferences in Italy. The Award is funded by donations to the Society for Utopian Studies by its members and has been generously supported by Professor Battisti’s wife, Giuseppa Saccaro Del Buffa, and son, Francesco Battisti.


The Eugenio Battisti Award has been presented to:


Marlana Portolano, “The Rhetorical Function of Utopia: An Exploration of the Concept of Utopia in Rhetorical Theory” (pp. 113-141) (Vol. 23, No. 1, 2012)

John Freeman-Moir, “Crafting Experience: William Morris, John Dewey and Utopia”

Robert Hunter, “The Music of Change: Utopian Transformation in Aufsteig und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny and Der Silbersee.” Utopian Studies 21.2 (2010): 293-312.

Christine Nadir, “Utopian Studies, Environmental Literature, and the Legacy of an Idea: Educating Desire in Miguel Abensour and Ursula K. Le Guin.” Utopian Studies 21.1 (2010): 24-56.

Janet Sarbanes, “The Shaker ‘Gift’: Charisma, Aesthetic Practice and Utopian Communalism,” Utopian Studies, Volume 20:1 2009.

Darren Webb, for “Christian Hope and the Politics of Utopia” Utopian Studies 19.1 (2008).

Janet Stewart –“Breaking the Power of the Past over the Present’: Psychology, Utopianism and the Frankfurt School” (Winter 2007).

Edward K. Chan, for “Utopia and the Problem of Race: Accounting for the Remainder in the Imagination of the 1970s Utopian Subject.”

Craig Smith, for “Great Reformation in the Manners of Mankind: Utopian Thought in the Scottish Reformation and Enlightenment.” Utopian Studies 16.2 (2005): 221-45.

Fran Shor, for “SNCC and the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1960-1966.” Utopian Studies 15.2 (2004): 173-89.

Peter Sands, for “Octavia Butler’s Chiastic Cannibalistics.” Utopian Studies 14.1 (2003): 1-14; and Susan McManus, for “Fabricating the Future: Becoming Bloch’s Utopians.” Utopian Studies 14.2 (2003): 1-22.

Roger Paden, for “Marx’s Critique of the Utopian Socialists” Utopian Studies 13.2 (2002).

Werner Christie Mathisen, for “The Underestimation of Politics in Green Utopias: The Description of Politics in Huxley’s Island, Le Guin’s The Dispossessed, and Callenbach’s Ecotopia.” 12.1: 56-78.

Karpinski, Eva C. “Signifying Passion: Angela Carter’s Heroes and Villains as a Dystopian Romance.” Utopian Studies 11.2 (2000): 137-51.

Hartman, Matthew. “Utopian Evolution: The Sentimental Critique of Social Darwinism in Bellamy and Pierce.” Utopian Studies 10.1 (1999): 26-41.

Williams, Nicholas M. “The Limits of Spatialized Form: Visibility and Obscurity in Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward.”Utopian Studies 10.2 (1999): 25-39.

Phillip E. Wegner, “Horizons, Figures, and Machines: The Dialectic of Utopia in the Work of Fredric Jameson.” Utopian Studies 9.2 (1998): 58-73

Lynda H. Schneekloth, ” Unredeemably Utopian: Architecture and Making/Unmaking the World,” Utopian Studies 9.1 (1998): 1-25.

Michael Gardiner, “A Postmodern Utopia? Heller and Fehér’s Critique of Messianic Marxism.” Utopian Studies 8.1 (1997): 89-122.

Robert Appelbaum, “Utopian Dubrovnik, 1659: An English Fantasy.” Utopian Studies 7.2 (1996): 66-92.

Michael Gardiner, “Utopia and Everyday Life in French Social Thought.” Utopian Studies 6.2 (1995): 90-123.

Carl J. Guarneri, “The Americanization of Utopia: Fourierism and the Dilemma of Utopian Dissent in the United States.”Utopian Studies 5.1 (1994): 72-88.

Philip E. Wegner, “Zamyatin’s We: A Critical Map of Utopia’s ‘Possible Worlds’.” Utopian Studies 4.2 (1993): 94-116.

Michael Gardiner, “Bakhtin’s Carnival: Utopia as Critique” Utopian Studies 3.2 (1992): 21-49. Rpt. in Bakhtin: Carnival and Other Subjects. Selected Papers from the Fifth International Bakhtin Conference. University of Manchester, July 1991. Ed. David Shepherd. Vol. 3.2 – 4.1/2 of Critical Studies (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1993), 20-47.

Kenneth R. Hoover, “Mondragón’s Answers to Utopias Problems.” Utopian Studies 3.2 (1992): 1-20.

Peter Fitting, “Utopia Beyond Our Ideals: The Dilemma of the Right-Wing Utopia.” Utopian Studies 2.1&2 (1991): 95-109.

Lee Cullen Khanna, “Beyond Omelas: Utopia and Gender.” Utopian Studies 2.1&2 (1991): 48-58.

Vincent Geoghegan, “Remembering the Future.” Utopian Studies 1.2 (1990): 52-68. Rpt. in Not Yet: Reconsidering Ernst Bloch. Ed. Jamie Owen Daniel and Tom Moylan (London: Verso, 1997), 15-32.

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