Full title: Order and Disorder Symposium Date: 6-Nov - 7-Nov 2015 Location: ISSH of Jendouba, Université de Jendouba, Jendouba,
The study day we organized on April 21st 2015 investigated the theme "Order and Disorder" in different fields. Several participants were enthusiastic about the theme and presented an important selection of papers which covered such panels as reflections on order and disorder in the literary imagination, innovation and education, formation and information, social and political order in the contemporary world.
As a theme for an international symposium, we need to pursue the investigation into these fields but also extend it to other spheres such as art and linguistics.
Painting, music, dance and more generally the live performing arts are less often present in our conferences than our traditional disciplines, literature, cultural studies or civilization and linguistics. After the so-called "Arab spring", in particular in Tunisia, the focus (especially in the media) has been political and economic more than cultural. In the words of Khaled Tebourbi (La Presse Magazine, April 26th 2015): "The political shows have thrived and multiplied since the revolution (…) but how can we explain that at the same time the cultural matter in all its forms has regressed everywhere and has dramatically shrunk to virtually nothing?" Yet the arts in general have always been the locus of struggle between the conventional order of established conventions and the disorder or innovation. By challenging the accepted rules new trends have moved from figurative to abstract, tonal to atonal, bourgeois to urban and street arts, and they are, in their turn, establishing the new rules of an alternative order.
In linguistics, order is observed in language structure, starting from possible/permissible orders of phonemes within a syllable (as governed by phonotactics and the Sonority Sequencing Principle), to the order of morphemes in morphological theory (derivational, inflectional, clitics etc.), and the order of syntactic constituents within sentences (such as SVO, SOV, etc.). Yet, what is considered as order in one system may be disorder in another, since the order of linguistic units varies across structures of the same language and also across languages. In either case, lack/change of order or even disorder should not necessarily be equated with ungrammaticality, as the latter judgment requires both knowledge of structure as well as semantic/pragmatic awareness.
In the contexts studied by anthropologists, order and disorder are recurring preoccupations in human thought. The theme of an original disorder that precedes and threatens the familiar order is frequently found in myths. Non-biomedical healing practices often treat illness as a symptom of a larger, often social, disorder. The term is also essential in the medical area, with controversy around whether mental health problems are merely "disorders" or are actually orders of a particular kind. Development interventions in the world's poorest nations are framed at times as responses to the disorder of expanding markets but also, in a contradictory vein, to the disorder imagined to reside in primordial poverty.
In literature, as articulated by the Columbian novelist Gabriel García Marquez, order can mirror disorder, and vice versa: "I discovered that my obsession for having each thing in the right place, each subject at the right time, each word in the right style, was not the well-deserved reward of an ordered mind, but just the opposite: a complete system of pretense invented by me to hide the disorder of my nature."
In order to further the debate on these inviting issues, the organizers invite proposals for presentations of 20 minutes addressing 'Order and Disorder.' They particularly welcome interdisciplinary contributions, especially ones that bridge the domains of socio-psychoanalysis, linguistics, translation, arts, literature, cultural studies, gender, etc.
Proposals must include an abstract of 200-300 words and a short biography of 50 words.
Conference fees are 50 Tunisian dinars for participation only, 100 for all-inclusive per day.