Democracy in East Central European utopianism

September, 2022 to August, 2025
Gerda Henkel Foundation
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The project aims at the systematic analysis of utopian and dystopian texts, focusing on the problems and conflicts utopianism highlights concerning the ideals of democracy. We shall investigate what elements of democratic societies have been endorsed and / or criticised by utopias, which we understand as social and political structures presented as alternatives to historical reality. We shall contrast the utopian ideals and their dystopian counterparts with historical and political movements to trace the intellectual history of democracy within utopianism. Beyond the analysis of texts, the research explores the impact of utopian thought on social and political movements and phenomena, analyzing texts in their historical contexts, focusing on the social and historical circumstances in which they were created.