Edited By Francisco Bethencourt
This book started with a symposium at King’s College London, to which a multidisciplinary group of scholars, working on issues and approaches directly or indirectly related to utopia, was invited. Fruitful areas of dialogue and overlapping interests emerged. Paulo de Medeiros and Cláudia Pazos-Alonso, editors of this series, quickly contacted me with a proposal to publish the contributions as a book.
The contributors responded extremely well to this challenge. They agreed to develop their research within the theoretical framework and possibilities opened up by the notions of utopia and dystopia, engaging with recent and not-so-recent reflection. The result is a significant volume drawing on the cultures and histories of Portugal, Brazil and Lusophone Africa. The purpose is not to offer a comprehensive approach, but to open up new insights through the analysis of a significant number of case studies interconnected through similar theoretical concerns.
I thank the anonymous peer reviewers, who significantly contributed to improving the text. Helen Hancock played an important role as a reliable and competent copy editor, since the majority of the authors are not native English speakers. The series editors provided the necessary support to carry the elaboration of this complex project to its conclusion. Finally, I would like to thank the Camões Institute for its support of the initiatives connected to the Charles Boxer Chair, particularly the symposium on utopia and the production of this book.
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