Letchworth conference takes on garden cities

Utopia under the spotlight

Garden cities are the subject of discussion at a conference next month on the theme of Utopia! Experiments in Perfection.

The annual conference is organised by the Social Science, Arts and Humanities Research Institute (SSAHRI) at the University of Hertfordshire in collaboration with the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation and the University of Lincoln.

Professor Alan Powers will deliver the keynote address on the subject of Milton Keynes or Civilia? Real and Imagined Utopias of the Pop Period.

Other speakers are expected to include David Ames on Letchworth  the First Garden City Utopia?, Dr Paul Cureton on Garden City Utopias & Everyday Life: Exploring the Spatial Accessibility of Welwyn Garden City and Dr Pat Simpson on Prince Peter Kropotkin: Anarchism, Eugenics and the Utopian Ideal of Letchworth Garden City.

There will be a public lecture in the evening given by Professor Carenza Lewis who will be addressing Brave new world or toil and trouble? The Long View of New Towns.

The conference will be held on 12 November in the Spirella Building, Letchworth Garden City. Admission is free and open to all staff and research students at the Universities of Hertfordshire and Lincoln. The event is supported by SSAHRI and the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Lincoln. Find out more on the University of Hertfordshire website.

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