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Full Title: Changing Times, Changing Exchanges

Location: Tunis, Tunisia
Start Date: 05-Dec-2012 - 07-Dec-2012
Contact: Adel Manai
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: The January 14, 2011 Tunisian Revolution, the first in the 21st century and different by many standards, was a global event. It puzzled thrilled, shocked and destabilised individuals, peoples and states. Its domino effect is ongoing and its geopolitical, diplomatic, socio-economic and military, implications are still unfolding. It is changing times, affecting interests, forcing new agendas and generating new rules of exchange. Components of regional and international relations are being redefined. The revolution (s) is showing concealed vulnerabilities and fragilities here and apparently dormant and powerful counter-hegemonic forces of change there. The revolution(s) is undoubtedly providing people with a new sense of themselves and status.

Prevailing frames of reference and theorist assumptions are under pressure. There is an urgent need to rethink some previous explanatory frameworks and discourses.

This is an interdisciplinary conference on timely and pressing themes which will allow the conference participants to address issues which affect the real world today and engage with many of the already prevailing questions, theoretical constructs and discourses.
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: None
LL Issue: 22.4145

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