STALDAC



Conference URL: http://www.cilr.cam.ac.uk/staldac

We invite papers on any topic related to the conceptualisation of Space and/or Time by humans. This conference proposes to unite insights from a number of research areas such as linguistics, anthropology, archaeology, psychology and philosophy. Spatial language and cognition has generated fervent debates in linguistics recently, in particular since the revival of Whorfian ideas regarding the dynamics between languages and cultures. Namely, the domain of space has become a prolific source of evidence of both language-specific and universal features reflected in human thinking and speaking. In some languages speakers speak and think of space using absolute coordinates of east vs. west and north vs. south on a daily basis while other communities use the notions of left vs. right for spatial orientation and communication. Similarly, in some cultures the time scale is vertical, future is upwards and past is downwards, while closer to home, time seems to be a horizontal line, with future in front of us and the past behind. More formal approaches in syntax and semantics provide yet another perspective for representing time in language. However, space and time are also universal categories, the representation of which is embedded in both language and cognition. Recent anthropological evidence also speaks volumes about the complexity of spatial orientation in language and cognition. Archaeologists have been active in piecing together the puzzle of how our distant ancestors thought about the immediate space and time they lived in as well as how they communicated thoughts and experiences with space and time via material artefacts and customs in different environmental and social surroundings. Recent experimental psychology research has also tackled the subject from the angle of spatial and temporal features relevant in event perception, their linguistic expression and memory. Finally, physical sciences offer a backdrop for an all-encompassing view of the origins of space and time and their interrelatedness. Reconciling the concept of time and the notion of real time is still one of the challenges for all disciplines. This is an opportunity to highlight the particular aspects of the different research agendas related to Space and Time as well as share experiences regarding practical matters, such as research strategies and methodology. Time and space are topics of general interest which are actively pursued in many different disciplines and this conference proposes to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and further enhance progress in these diverse but related research areas. Registration: (early: up to and inclusive of 20th January, late: 21st Jan onwards) Early full fee: £120 Early reduced fee (students and unsalaried academics): £80 Late full fee: £150 Late reduced fee (students and unsalaried academics): £100 Conference dinner (Newnham College, including wine): £45

  
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Meeting Location:
Newnham College, Cambridge, UK

Contact Information:
Luna Filipovic
staldac@cilr.cam.ac.uk

Meeting Dates:
The STALDAC will be held from 08-Apr-2010 to 10-Apr-2010.

Abstract Submission Information:
Abstracts can be submitted from 22-Jun-2009 until 21-Dec-2009.




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