This month Schlock presents an entire issue dedicated to one of the most misunderstood concepts of political debate: Utopia. In this issue, led by guest editor Elise Billiard, we will proclaim that Utopia is not dead, that Utopia is not an escape to or from reality, but on the contrary a way to propose new possible realities.
Why is utopia nowhere? Utopia will always remain nowhere because it implies the unending critique of all structures which establish and serve exclusion and inequality. It is the continuous practice of democracy.
Utopias are often based on architectural models, or on rules about the division of labor and the ownership of land for instance. However, it seems to me that little is being written about the need for the powerful binding that keeps people responsible of each other, and that make them feel part of a same common society.
History is packed with examples of how imaginative representations have been used as mediators to investigate or communicate the possible world thought out of its limits.