Jewish studies, Open Access, Philosophy, Sociology, Utopian Studies

New release on Peter Lang Open: Where Community Happens: The Kibbutz and the Philosophy of Communalism

«Henry Near has spent a lifetime studying utopianism and intentional communities, with a special focus on the kibbutzim of Israel, of which he is the leading historian. This book brings together his thoughtful reflections on the kibbutzim and related topics. It will long be a benchmark in its field.» (Tim Miller, Professor of Religious Studies,… Continue reading New release on Peter Lang Open: Where Community Happens: The Kibbutz and the Philosophy of Communalism

Award, Science Fiction, Utopian Studies

Tom Moylan presented with Science Fiction Research Association’s Pilgrim Award

Professor Tom Moylan, one of the editors of the Ralahine Utopian Studies series, was presented with the Science Fiction Research Association's Pilgrim Award at their annual meeting held in Riverside, California between 28 June and 1 July. The Pilgrim Award was created in 1970 to honour lifetime contributions to science fiction and fantasy scholarship. Previous… Continue reading Tom Moylan presented with Science Fiction Research Association’s Pilgrim Award

Award, Science Fiction, Utopian Studies

Tom Moylan wins Science Fiction Research Association’s Pilgrim Award

Congratulations to Professor Tom Moylan, one of the editors of the Ralahine Utopian Studies series, who has been selected as the winner of the Science Fiction Research Association’s Pilgrim Award! The Pilgrim Award was created in 1970 to honour lifetime contributions to science fiction and fantasy scholarship. Professor Moylan joins a long and distinguished list… Continue reading Tom Moylan wins Science Fiction Research Association’s Pilgrim Award

Science Fiction, Utopian Studies

New publication: Shockwaves of Possibility

Shockwaves of Possibility explores the deep utopianism of one of the most significant modern cultural practices: science fiction. The author contends that utopianism is not simply a motif in SF, but rather is fundamental to its narrative dynamics. Drawing upon a rich array of theory and criticism in SF and utopian studies, the book opens… Continue reading New publication: Shockwaves of Possibility

Utopian Studies

Gazing in Useless Wonder

Gazing in Useless Wonder focuses on utopias as self-referential texts that literally have to constitute themselves as imaginary or intentional entities before they can work as vehicles for socio-political ideas. Foregrounding the construction of utopian fictions defines both the perspective and the differentiation of the analytically significant elements, so that the traditionally dominant topics such… Continue reading Gazing in Useless Wonder