Utopia, Dystopia and Climate Change

20th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society, Europe

Prato 2019

Monash University Prato Centre, Tuscany, Italy

1-5 July 2019

The 20th International meeting of the Utopian Studies Society, Europe, will take place at the Monash University Prato Centre in July 2019.

The conference theme is Utopia, Dystopia and Climate Change and it will address the way utopianists have explored the eutopian and dystopian possible outcomes of anthropogenic global warming.

UPDATE: The final conference programme and book of abstracts are now available.

Photo of Prato

1 July 2019

Welcome address

2 July 2019

Plenary address

3 July 2019

Keynote speaker

HANDOUT: The handout for Darko Suvin's keynote address is now available for download.

Conference schedule

The following documents are now available for download (final versions, revised 3 June 2019):

NOTE: Copies of the programme will be available at the conference. For environmental reasons, we are not printing copies of the book of abstracts and encourage attendees to peruse these on their computers or mobile devices.


A limited number of conference registrations are still available. Conference dinner registrations have closed.

For more information, see the Registration page.

Conference committee


Raffaella Baccolini (University of Bologna), Verity Burgmann (Monash University), Gregory Claeys (Royal Holloway, University of London), Jacqueline Dutton (University of Melbourne), David Holmes (Monash University), Andrew Milner (Monash University), Tamara Prosic (Monash University), Kate Rigby (Bath Spa University).


Zachary Kendal (Monash University), Aisling Smith (Monash University), Laura de Simoni (University of Nottingham), Elena Colombo (University of Nottingham), Fran├žoise Campbell (Paris Diderot University), James Burgmann (Monash University).


Andrew Milner, James Burgmann, Verity Burgmann, David Holmes, Zachary Kendal, Tamara Prosic, Aisling Smith.


For all enquiries, please email utopias-conference@monash.edu