Contested Modernity: Place, Space and Culture

deadline for submissions: 
April 25, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Concentric and NTNU English department
contact email: 

 One-day Seminar, Saturday, May 27, 2017 
Sponsored by the National Taiwan Normal University English department and Concentric editors

“Any place is a political place, it’s a cultural space, it’s a landscape. “ —Alfredo Jaar, 2007

Among the challenges to Modernity is the contested nature of space and place, both real and imagined, the lived landscapes and built environments and border areas where our economic and political transactions take place, where we educate our youth and heal our sick and profess our various faiths. Political priorities, class differences, gender relations and historical factors all have an impact on the construction of spaces and places, and invest these with meaning that in turn affects the ways in which we experience and recreate the world. The consequences of transnationalism and globalization are particularly apparent in the urban landscapes of Asia, for example.

For this one-day conference, sponsored by the National Taiwan Normal University English department in conjunction with the editors of Concentric, we seek submissions from a range of disciplines including literature, archaeology, architecture, urban geography, the visual and creative arts, philosophy and politics. This event will feature a roundtable discussion with Concentric editors, who will share submissions suggestions and discuss upcoming issues of Concentric. We particularly welcome papers that discuss the use of space and place in modern Asia, as depicted in film, literature and other media. Submissions are sought on any aspect of space and place, including the following:

-- Historic representation and preservation of space and place
-- Urban space and diaspora
-- Theorizing space and place
-- Surveillance, sight and the panoptic structures and spaces of contemporary life
-- Situated identities
-- Work spaces and hierarchies of power
-- Contested places, for example the construction of gated communities as a response to real/imagined terrorism
-- Transnational and translocal places 
-- Barriers, obstructions and disenfranchisement in the construction of lived spaces
-- Haunted spaces/places and non-spaces
-- Future cities/futurology and space
-- Representations of city/countryside/suburbs in the media and creative arts
-- Space and place in computer games

Please send a 250-word abstract and short biographical note by April 25, 2017, to Aaron Deveson and Mary Goodwin at