From Francis Bacon to William Golding: Utopias and Dystopias of Today and of Yore

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”

Sir Francis Bacon

“Fear can't hurt you any more than a dream.”

William Golding


The history of mankind, besides all his(her)stor(y)-cal events, more or less constructed or mythical, is also a history of its most beautiful dreams and illusions as well as a history of its nightmares and innermost fears.

Philosophers and writers, critics and artist have very often tried to envisage such blessed or feared places and social organizations. Thus, ever since ancient times utopias and dystopias have illustrated these hopes and apprehensions of mankind.

To celebrate two personalities like Bacon and Golding, who were born at a distance in time of four hundred years seems to be complicated. Nevertheless, we think that the effort is worthwhile, both as a tribute to their work and thinking, and as an exercise to re-think such concepts as utopia, dystopia, heterotopia, and ecotopia.

We invite you to look into this history, to speak about these two personalities, to dream more, to find more keys to our nightmares in a conference that is held in a part of Northern Transylvania, the dreamland of Maramures which is throwing fillaments into the future, although much of its present is still powerfully anchored in the past