CFP: [20th] Constructions of Home (10/01/08; 11/26/08-11/28/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Prof. Klaus Stierstorfer
contact email: 
stierstorfer@uni-muenster.de

CALL FOR PAPERS:

CONSTRUCTIONS OF HOME
INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES IN ARCHITECTURE, LAW AND LITERATURE

AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
26-28 November 2008
TO BE HELD AT:
ENGLISCHES SEMINAR, WESTFÄLISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITÄT MÜNSTER
JOHANNISSTR. 12-20, 48143 MÃœNSTER

IN COOPERATION WITH
ZENTRALINSTITUT FÃœR KUNSTGESCHICHTE, MÃœNCHEN
INSTITUT FÃœR INFORMATIONS-, TELEKOMMUNIKATIONS- UND MEDIENRECHT, MÃœNSTER
INSTITUT FÃœR ANGLOPHONE STUDIEN, ESSEN

In a time characterized by globalization and preoccupied with questions of
migration and cultural exchange, conceptions of ‘home’ in the form of local
cultures and long-term geographic positioning have become highly unstable,
uncertain and ambivalent. This has led to cultural deficits, but also
created new opportunities in fundamentally changing the lives of large
parts of the world population. At the same time, points of reference which
can be recognized as ‘home’ and which foster associations of stability, for
the individual as much as for social groups and for entire cultures, have
retained their significance; in some instances, they have even acquired new
importance in shaping the way people organize their lives and make their
decisions in politics, community life, cultural practice or in forming
their general outlook.
Geographically, the study of various traditional concepts of home in Europe
can be a point of departure. The British tradition epitomized by the
much-quoted phrase “My Home is My Castle” comes to mind, or the culturally
almost untranslatable idea of German Gemütlichkeit. More recent
developments as analysed and presented by migration studies in an
increasingly multicultural and politically changing Europe might be taken
into account.
This conference will not only explore constructions of home and how these
concepts have always already been part of interrelationships through travel
or trade, a colonial past and many other channels of cultural exchange; it
will also focus on the most recent departures in highly mobile, flexible
and culturally diverse societies, in transnational and transcultural
situations, and on the question how rootedness and ‘home’ can be
experienced and constructed in these rapidly changing environments.

Contributors, mainly but not exclusively from the fields of
- architecture, arts and design
- legal studies
- literary and cultural studies
are invited to submit papers dealing, for example, with the following issues:
• How to define ‘home’?
• What are delimitations of home in various contexts?
• How are concepts of home constructed in virtual space / virtual reality?
• Which strategies or material constituents are used in constructing
concepts of home?
• How are aspects of home re-defined and utilized in mobile cultures?
• How can home be imagined in inter- or transcultural contexts? Which
aspects of home lend themselves more easily to ‘translation’ and exchange
than others?
• What are the main challenges to any given constructs of home in a
globalized society?
• Is ‘home’ becoming an anachronistic concept?
• What is the impact of an ever increasing technological progress on
conceptions of home?
• What influence can be observed by geographical discoveries and social
developments?
• How are constructions of home characterised by notions of permanence or
transience, and how do they reflect a given attitude towards time?
• How are environmental givens (e.g., geography, weather) integrated in
constructions of home (aspects of ecocriticism)?

Deadline for submission of papers: 1 October 2008
Length of Abstract to be submitted: ca. 300 words

Please send abstracts to Prof. Dr. Klaus Stierstorfer
                                        Englisches Seminar
                                        Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster
                                        Johannisstr. 12-20
                                        48143 Muenster
                                        Germany
                                        Email: stierstorfer_at_uni-muenster.de
                                        phone: ++49-(0)251-83-24295
                                        fax: ++49-(0)251-83-24290
For more information see the conference website at www.ConstructionsOfHome.de

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