Utopia / Dystopia (2005-2007)

Dressing and packing dolls, 1936. U.S. National Archives.

During the academic years 2005/06 and 2006/07, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies focused on the problem of utopias and dystopias.

Topics Included:

  • Nationalism and kingship
  • Control and transformation of the environment
  • The body
  • Urban renewal and urban planning
  • Political reform and human rights
  • The utopian family
  • Scientific advances and scientific possibility
  • Slavery and emancipation
  • Colonization, modernization, development, and utopian projects
  • Religious imagination

Davis Center Fellows

2005-2006

  • Lauren Benton, New York University
  • Margaret Elen Deming, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
  • Igal Halfin, Tel Aviv University
  • Susanna Hecht, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Aditya Nigam, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi
  • Jacqueline Stewart, University of Chicago
  • Jennifer Wenzel, University of Michigan

2006-2007

  • John Krige, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Anne-Maria Makhulu, Duke University
  • David Pinder, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Shira Robinson, University of Iowa
  • Mark Shiel, King's College, London
  • Ravi Vasudevan, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi
  • Luise White, University of Florida

Shelby Cullom Davis Center Volumes

Noir Urbanisms: Dystopic Images of the Modern City Edited by Gyan PrakashNoir Urbanisms: Dystopic Images of the Modern City

Edited by Gyan Prakash
Copyright 2010 Princeton University Press

Utopia/Dystopia: Historical Conditions of Possibility Edited by Michael Gordin, Helen Tilley, and Gyan PrakashUtopia/Dystopia: Conditions of Historical Possibility

Edited by Michael D. Gordin, Helen Tilly, and Gyan Prakash
Copyright 2010 Princeton University Press