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Utopian Universities: A Global History of the New Campuses of the 1960s, edited by Miles Taylor (Professor of History, University of York) and Jill Pellew (Senior Research Fellow, IHR), is published by Bloomsbury Academic in November 2020. 

The IHR is hosting an online book launch with the editors and a panel of experts in the field. Together they, and some of the other contributors to the volume, will comment on the book. The event will close with questions from the audience.

In a remarkable decade of public investment in higher education, some 200 new university campuses were established worldwide between 1961 and 1970. Utopian Universities offers a comparative and connective global history of these institutions, illustrating how their establishment, intellectual output and pedagogical experimentation sheds light on the social and cultural typography of the long 1960s.


  • Professor Sir Rick Trainor (Rector, Exeter College, Oxford, former Principal King's College, London)- Chair
  • Professor Heike Jons (Loughborough University, Founder & Leader of the HistGeogUni network)
  • Dr Joanna Newman (Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities)
  • Professor Sir Chris Husbands (Vice-Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University, former Director of the Institute of Education, London) 
  • Emily Drewe, Editorial Director for History at Bloomsbury

To mark the launch of Utopian Universities, Bloomsbury Academic is offering participants a discount on hardback and on-line copies of the volume (details to be sent with the Zoom access link prior to the event).

Cover photo © Douglas Miller/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

All welcome

This event is free, but booking is required. It will be held online with details about how to join the virtual event being circulated via email to registered attendees 24 hours in advance.

The event will begin at 4:30pm GMT, but you will be able to join the event's online waiting room from 4:00pm GMT, with admittance to the event from 4:15pm GMT.