School of Speculation Summer School

School of Speculation presents: Utopia Versus the Family: Lecture with Sophie Lewis

Curated by School of Speculation, the second lecture in the SOS20 series sees Sophie Lewis, author of Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family, discusses her latest work. In this free online talk, Lewis will present the viewpoint that there are alternatives to the private nuclear household, and will open a debate into contemporary notions of the traditional family unit, how we care for our young, and surrogacy.

What to expect

What kind of world would it be if society believed that children are not the responsibility of their legal kin alone?

Writer and theorist Sophie Lewis asks what would happen if we deprivatized relations of care beyond kinship. The slogan "abolish the family" used to be well-known on the left - Lewis now applies this particular view to issues around assisted surrogacy and familial structures. In this talk, Lewis will address the history of utopian critiques of the family unit, as well as her perspective on the contemporary relevance of family-abolitionist utopianism. The lecture will be followed by an audience Q&A.

"This free online talk is curated and hosted by the School of Speculation as part of their 2020 design residency. School of Speculation is a nomadic critical design summer school founded by Pierre Shaw and Kishan San."

Booking Information

This event is free, but booking is required.


Sophie Lewis

Sophie Lewis is the author of Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family (Verso, 2019). She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Manchester, and a BA in English from Oxford. She is currently a freelance writer and instructor at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times and e-flux amongst others.


School of Speculation

SOS is an independent and nomadic critical design school that aims to challenge current models of delivering higher education. Through partnerships between museums, galleries, libraries and other public institutions, SOS aims to build relationships between the diverse latent pedagogy in our cities to create a different kind of educational offer.