CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Psychogeographies: the Terrain of Spectacle and Affect

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Sally Booth
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The Terrain of Spectacle and Affect
Graduate Student Conference
University of Guelph
November 7-8, 2008

Guy Debord defines psychogeography as "the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the
geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of
individuals." As a way of negotiating the way place affects psyche, psychogeography holds
particular resonance in the contemporary socio-political context. For example, globalization has
widened the geographical environment, while in recent years there has been an increased
rhetoric of defending the nation.

Given the current geo-political, critical and socio-economic environment, this interdisciplinary
conference hopes to attract graduate students in Arts and Social Sciences who are interested in
the ways space and subject, place and spectacle, negotiate with each other. Possible topics
include, but are not limited to:

- Affective (Dis)orders: The Resistance to Governmentalism
- Exposing the Everyday
- Constructions/Perceptions of the North
- Flâneurs: Walking in Cityscapes
- Patriotism and Civic Duties
- Gentrifications
- Writing on the Walls
- Borders, Passports and Travel
- Place Conditioning
- Migrant identities
- Racialized Geographies
- Internment Spectacles: State Control
- Nation and Emotion Post-September 11th
- Poe, Benjamin, Borges: Negotiating City Spaces
- Flux and Psychotic Geography
- Zoning
- Ekphrastic Orientations
- Urban Praxis/Rural Stasis
- Olympic Pride
- Intellectual Tourism
- Billboards and Commodified Consumers
- Dérive, Drift and Dadaism
- Invasions/Inversions
- Geo/Eco-Poetics


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