Conference URL: http://www.dialogueunderoccupation.org

The focus of Dialogue Under Occupation VI is on ways of communicating in and about areas of the world confronting occupation. Scholars from various disciplines, such as applied linguistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics, communications, media studies, political science, cultural studies, and conflict resolution, are encouraged to participate. Dialogue is presented as a complex concept, requiring 1) the participants; 2) the conditions for dialogue to commence; 3) the goal(s) of the dialogue - pre-established or arrived at through the dialogue itself. First, a minimum of two parties (i.e., individuals or groups of individuals representing a side or perspective) must be present. Second, conditions may include preconditions necessary to bring the parties together, procedures for engaging in dialogue, and a certain degree of mutual respect, without which the dialogue could not proceed and will not lead to any resolutions. Lastly, the dialogue itself must have a purpose - a common, achievable goal that participants can agree upon despite their differing perspectives. Purposeful dialogue has the potential to lead to an outcome that recognizes and respects the needs of the various participants while emerging with an agreement which all parties can abide. Occupation, however, is a complicating factor which creates a power differential between participants: the occupied and the occupiers. If dialogue under occupation is to be successful, then, the conditions must include 1) the realization that the power differential exists; and 2) the willingness of the powerful to concede their preconceived, often hegemonic, notions of their position. It must also be understood by all parties that engaging in dialogue under occupation does not mean that the less powerful or powerless are accepting the occupation in any form, but that they are willing to confront their occupiers in an effort to be recognized as having equal human rights, including the ability to make autonomous decisions about how they should live and pursue their own definition of happiness. Areas of focus are defined as the discourses of 1) enactment; 2) transaction; 3) reaction; and 4) resolution. Scholars and professionals are invited to submit proposals that address the creation, maintenance, resistance, and resolution of occupation; the agreement to participate indicates willingness not only to present, but also to engage in debate and discussion actively. Work relating to hegemony, power, agency, identity, among others, will be particularly relevant. For all proposals, send an abstract of 250-300 words in English or Arabic and a separate cover sheet including your name and organizational affiliation by January 31, 2012 to duo6@dialogueunderoccupation.org. (Notifications sent by February 15).

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Meeting Location:
Beirut, Lebanon

Contact Information:
Lawrence Berlin

Meeting Dates:
The DUO VI will be held from 08-May-2012 to 11-May-2012.

Abstract Submission Information:
Abstracts can be submitted from 01-Dec-2011 until 30-Jan-2012.

Abstract Rating Information:
Submitted Abstracts will be reviewed and rated from 19-Dec-2011 until 30-Jan-2012. Authors will be notified of their acceptance after 31-Jan-2012.

DUO VI, duo6@dialogueunderoccupation.org

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