LINGUIST List 25.3999

Mon Oct 13 2014

Calls: Historical Linguistics, Anthropological Linguistics/Tunisia

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 08-Oct-2014
From: Lamia Bach Baoueb <>
Subject: Spaces and Places Toward a Geo-critical Study of Language, Literature, Culture and Politics
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Full Title: Spaces and Places Toward a Geo-critical Study of Language, Literature, Culture and Politics

Date: 08-Apr-2015 - 10-Apr-2015
Location: Tunis, Tunisia
Contact Person: Samira Mechri
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Historical Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Dec-2014

Meeting Description:

Université de Tunis El Manar
Institut Supérieur des Sciences Humaines de Tunis
Department of English

Spaces and Places
Toward a Geo-critical Study of Language, Literature, Culture and Politics
In Memory of Stuart Hall
8- 10 April 2015

The dialectics of time and space is inherent in the distinction between the notions of space and place. Literally, space denotes “a continuous area which is unoccupied as well as the dimensions of height, depth and width within which all things exist and move.” Space might also refer to an interval of time. Place, however, refers to a particular position or point in space, a location (OED). “Place is a calm centre of established values” (Tuan 54). Conversely, space is “actuated by the ensemble of movements deployed within it,” as it “occurs as the effect produced by the operations that orient it, situate it, temporalize it. In short, space is a practiced place” (de Certeau 117).

Rather than being predefined by external forces, space synchronically bears its own social, historical, political and even textual and intertextual practices, which in turn destabilise and deterritorialise the “established values” that confine it within the realm of a particular place. Signalling the “spatial turn” of the century, the geocritical notion of space, along with such related concepts as mapping, border, spatiality, routes, contact zones, deterritorialisation and reterritorialisation, have provided new and fresh avenues for literary criticism and cultural studies. Spatial practices, spatial semantics, or geocriticism, indeed reveal that “all writing partakes in a form of cartography, since even the most realistic map does not truly depict the space, but, like literature, figures it forth in a complex skein of imaginary relations” (Tally 134).

Call for Papers:

The purpose of this conference is to rethink the dialectics of place and space. We are soliciting theoretical and critical contributions in the fields of culture, history, politics, literature and linguistics. Potential contributors are invited to submit papers on topics including (but by no means limited to):

- Theorising space and place
- Surveillance, enclosures and the panoptic structures and spaces of contemporary life
- Space and postmodern anxieties (nomadism, diaspora and exile)
- Language and the semiotics of space and place.
- Gendered spaces: domestic and public spheres
- Geographies and archaeologies of space: Orientalism and Occidentalism
- Ethnic spaces: border crossing and contact zones.
- Space and place in colonial/postcolonial contexts.
- Real and imagined maps: cartographies of place and literary cartographies.
- “Imaginary Homelands”/ “Imagined Communities”
- Space and social mobility.
- Home, nation and spaces of belonging
- Geopolitics and political geography: space, state, and political power.
- Boundaries, borders and “geographies of exclusion”.
- Mapping the past: (re)presenting the landscapes of history.
- Geo-criticism: mapping new spaces in literary and cultural studies.
- From geography to geo-criticism: Toward a Deleuzian geo-philosophy.

We are interested in receiving abstracts for twenty-minute papers. English is the language of the conference, but papers in Arabic and French will also be accepted.

Abstracts should be 250-300 words long and include affiliation and a short biography.

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