SUS Conference Dropbox

Well, we’ve made it through another year.  Our 35th Annual Meeting has come and gone, Milwaukee, Wisconsin having hosted us well.  To properly archive the event, a dropbox folder has been set up where you can put your pictures and anything else you like to share from the conference.  The contributions will be used to compile the next print issue of Utopus Discovered, which will hit mailboxes before the end of the year.  We’re hoping to get any issues we’ve had with what addresses we have reconciled so that everyone gets this next issue, so if you haven’t gotten the last two issues, don’t worry.  We’re pretty confident we’ve got it all straightened out.

In any case, in order for you to be able to add things to the “SUS Conference Stuff” Dropbox folder, you’ll need to drop the dropbox folder moderator a line so he can get you added.  You can do so by emailing the editor.  He’ll get you added straightaway and you can show us your stuff.

Utopus Content Call

Greetings Utopians!

I am beginning to think about compiling the next issue of Utopus Discovered, and I was hoping some of you might have some things to offer.  Have a look around here at to see back issues and miscellaneotopia, and please send me anything you think worthy of the next issue, which should make it to your mailboxes a couple weeks before the conference in Milwaukee this October.  If it is possible, please get me anything you can by mid-August.  That gives me plenty of time for layout and etc.  Thanks in advance, and I look forward to getting another issue of Utopus Discovered together!

Alex Hall
Editor, Utopus Discovered

35th Annual Meeting Submission Deadline Extended

By “popular demand,” the Society for Utopian Studies has extended the deadline for submissions to present at its 35th Annual Meeting to July 15th.  Since the CFP is still only a couple posts below, I won’t re-post it here, but do have a look if you want to present something at the conference but were unable to make the earlier deadline of June 1st.  Cheers!

Utopia—Where the Future is Amazing.

Another little something from miscellaneotopia here.

As an electric guitar player in a jamband, I’m always shopping for the next effects pedal to make noise with on stage.  I recently stumbled across the Rocktron Utopia series of floor processors, which are essentially computers that sit on the floor and generate different sound filters for whatever instrument you plug into them.  When you touch a button with your foot, you’ll apply any number of effects to your sound.  As guitar players are always looking for that perfect sound, Utopia is an apt marketing device.  They also make effects units for bass guitar, and that is where I found the line “Play in Utopia where the future is amazing.”  Reading that, well, I immediately thought, “it’s time for a new post on Utopus,” so here ya go.

Check out the full line of Rocktron Utopia effects here.

35th Annual Meeting Submission Deadline Creeping Up

The deadline to submit presentation proposals for the 35th Annual Meeting of the Society for Utopian Studies is less than a week away, and I promised I’d post a reminder, so here ya go.  The CFP was posted here only two posts ago, so I won’t re-post the entire thing, but do remember that your 100-250 word abstracts are due to Brian Greenspan at or via snail mail by June 1st.  Here’s Brian’s address for hard copy mailing:

Brian Greenspan
Department of English
1812 Dunton Tower
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON, Canada  K1S 5B6

See you all in Milwaukee!



Civil Rights, Social Justice, and the Midwest

Hilton Milwaukee City Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
October 28-31, 2010

Milwaukee in the 1960s and 1970s was a key site for civil rights marches,
particularly around the open housing movement. From 1897 through much of the
20th Century, the city was governed by a succession of Socialist mayors,
elected on their platform of practical, “sewer socialism.” And Wisconsin
itself and its Midwestern neighbors have long been home to experiments
in intentional community.

We encourage papers, panels, presentations and performances on literary,
political, social, and architectural aspects of the civil rights struggle,
intentional communities, and practical socialism with a Midwestern focus for
the 2010 conference.  We also welcome papers on other aspects of the utopian
tradition – from the earliest utopian visions to the utopian speculations
and yearnings of the 21st century, including art, architecture, urban and
rural planning, literary utopias, dystopian writings, utopian political
activism, theories of utopian spaces and ontologies, music, new media, or
intentional communities.

*       *       *

Milwaukee has a rich array of museums, restaurants, theaters, parks, and
universities for conference attendees to visit. The city boasts the first
U.S. commission by Santiago Calatrava, at the world-class Milwaukee Art
Museum; Frank Lloyd Wright buildings; an excellent opera company;
microbreweries galore; award-winning chefs; 19th Century beer baron
mansions; Lake Michigan, and more.

Please send a 100-250 word abstract by June 1, 2010 to:

Brian Greenspan
Department of English
1812 Dunton Tower
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON, Canada  K1S 5B6

Or e-mail submissions to:  (please put “sus
submission” in the subject line).  As you submit your abstract, please
indicate if you have any scheduling restrictions, audiovisual needs
(overhead projector; DVD/VHS player), special needs, or a need for a written
letter of acceptance of your proposal.

For information about registration, travel or accommodations, please contact
the Conference Coordinator, Peter Sands, at:  sands@UWM.EDU

Ultimate Utopia?

The social networking beast that is Facebook usually allows a couple of sponsored ads off to the right of whatever the interface looks like this month, and this one caught my eye because of the attention grabbing headline: “Ultimate Utopia.”  Go figure.  I’m wondering if there’s some utopian online gamer out there who knows anything about SocialCity?  There’s not much information about the game available, but here’s what I was able to find out:

  • SocialCity was developed by the social gaming developers Playdom—the same guys who brought you Mobsters.
  • According to AppData, who provide, according to their website, “Independent, Accurate Facebook Application Metrics and Trends from Inside Facebook,” the object of the game is to “Build and run your own virtual city. Create the perfect place for the people that call it home, and you’ll become the most loved and revered mayor of all time!”

I, for one, get really annoyed by all the gaming apps on facebook, and so don’t play them (though I did have a brief foray into Mobsters).  Nevertheless, there is some utopian energy going on here, and I thought I should bring it to Utopus readers’ attention.