ubikcan

February 18, 2007

Turkish conference on space

Filed under: Foucault, space — ubikcan @ 10:22 am

This looks interesting:

ASAT 2007 CFP

American Studies Association of Turkey*
*32nd Annual American Studies Conference*
*Perceptions of Space and the American Experience*
November 7 – 9, 2007

Hacettepe University

Ankara, Turkey

According to Michel Foucault, “space itself has a history in Western experience…Our epoch is one in which space takes for us the form of relations among sites.” However, “despite the whole network of knowledge that enables us to delimit or formalize it, contemporary space is still not entirely desanctified… [it is] still nurtured by the hidden presence of the sacred.” Foucault’s argument suggests the intractable aspect of the concept of “space,” which is constantly eluding our grasp, and reverting back into
the realm of nature and the “natural.” This conference seeks to fill th scholarly vacuum that continues to exist with respect to space by *removing*it from the domain of the sacred, questioning its conceptualization, and exposing its manifestations within American Studies. We hope such a focus will advance the interaction between scholars who have conflicting historical and spatial epistemologies regarding the American experience.

Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

– Spatial Boundaries/Spatial Relations
– Outer Space/Inner Space/Interspace/ Interstitial Space
– Walking Space/Living Space/Lebensraum
– Psychological/ Mental/Physical/ Space
– Private/Public/ (Inter)Personal Space
– Environmental/ Ecological Space
– Marginal Space and Agency
– Landscapes/Terrains /Regional Space
– Technoscapes/ Cyberspace/ MySpace.com
– Real/Virtual Spaces
– Urban Space/Cityscapes/ Walking Space
– Commercial(ized) Space/(Over) used Space
– Heartland/Hinterlan d
– Theatrical/Dramatic /Performance/ Performative Space
– Space, Time and Memory
– Travel Narratives/Space- phobias
– Sites/Countersites/ Utopias/Heteroto pias
– Subversive/Resistiv e Space
– (Non)violent Space
– Active/Activist Space
– Chaotic/Ordered Space
– Liminal Space/Zones/ Boundaries
– Poetics of Space/Textual/ Linguistic Space
– Space and the Body/Gendered Space
– Racial/Ethnic/ Political Space
– Imaginary/Imagined Spaces/Geographies
– Museums/Ethnographi c/Indigenous Space
– Classroom/Education al Space
– Modern/Postmodern Spaces
– Mythic/Sacred/ Symbolic/ Religious Spaces
– (Anti)Social Space
– (Sub)Cultural/ Traditional/ Spiritual Space
– Artistic/Musical Space
– Pioneering/Explorat ion Space
– Expansionism/ Manifest Destiny/Imperialism

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