The Uses of Utopia: A Symposium and Celebration on the 500th Anniversary of Thomas More's Utopia

with support from the School of Arts and Humanities Graduate-Led Conference Scheme and Somerset House

Sunday, 26 June 2016 at Clare College &
The Round Church (Cambridge)


Friday, 1 July 2016 at Somerset House (London)

In Archæologies of the Future, Fredric Jameson wonders: “can we invent a way of reading Thomas More's Utopia (1516) so as to recover something of the shock and freshness of its elegant new Latin for the first European readers?” This symposium is both interdisciplinary investigation provoked by this question, and a celebratory reading for the 500th anniversary of More’s text.


Confirmed Speakers

David M. Bell (Newcastle)

Gregory Claeys (Royal Holloway)

Jonah Coe-Scharff (Cambridge)

Davina Cooper (Kent Law School)

John Guy (Cambridge)

Nicholas Johnson (visual artist)

Sarah Lohmann (Durham)

Edwin van Meerkerk (Radboud)

Laura Scalabrella Spada (University College London)

Cam Scott (poet and sound artist)

Cathy Shrank (Sheffield)

Tessa Smith (Humboldt)

Andrew Zurcher (Cambridge)


Visual Artists

Jonny Briggs

Declan Jenkins

Nicholas Johnson



Louis d'Heudieres



Rosalind Dobson, soprano

Leilani Barratt, mezzo-soprano

Benedict Collins Rice, tenor

Robbie Haylett, baritone



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Old Court, Clare College, Cambridge

10 am - 5:30 pm

Registration £ 40 / 20 -- register here

Fee includes symposium talks, lunch, and evening concert



Round Church on Bridge Street, Cambridge

7:30 pm

Tickets £ 10 / 5 -- reserve tickets here

Concert free for all symposium participants


Somerset House Performance

Friday, 1 July 2016

Performances at 11 am, 2 pm, and 4 pm

Somerset House

Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Please find us at the Utopia Treasury at Somerset House, which is in the Great Arch Hall, easily accessible at the ground level from the Victoria Embankment entrance to the building.


Accessibility: We apologise that the Thirkill Room can only be accessed via a flights of stairs. The Round Church has a ramped entrance and is equipped with a wheelchair accessible restroom. Please contact us for any other information regarding the accessibility of the spaces.

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