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Full Title: Transition, Transformation, and Transgression

Location: Kef Tunisia, Tunisia
Start Date: 06-Mar-2014 - 07-Mar-2014
Contact: Leila HEJAIEJ
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: Transition, Transformation, and Transgression
March 6 – 7 2014

The English Department at the Institut Supérieur des Etudes Appliquées en Humanités au Kef (ISEAHK, Tunisia) is holding its second international conference.


This conference aims to engage with researchers and postgraduate students on points of convergence among the humanities and social science disciplines to look into the concepts of Transition, Transformation, and Transgression within the context of the Arab Spring.

Transition, Transformation, and Transgression: Framing the Arab Spring - The first three words open the discussion to a broader debate concerning just what kind of change happened, is happening, should happen, by framing the change in different ways.

All three concepts imply change. Transition entails change happening as an orderly progression, and transformation suggests taking the given and using it in innovative ways. However, transgression is more subversive. It involves breaking down boundaries. It is a departure from the given, the existing, the normal, the world as we know it. According to Georges Bataille, all societies need mechanisms for transgression in order to survive. Transgression is both subversively reactive and proactive; it operates in-between, in the middle, across entities, structures, and spheres (Bataille, Inner Experiences, Albany: State University of New York Press, 1988).
Linguistic Subfield: Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 24.3803

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