CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Call for Papers: Mediterranean Worlds: Cultures of Interpretation

full name / name of organization: 
Ozlem Caykent
contact email: 
medworlds@emu.edu.tr

Mediterranean Worlds: Cultures of Interpretation

An international conference hosted by the departments of Archaeology and
Art History, English Literature and Humanities, and History at the Eastern
Mediterranean University, Northern Cyprus

Famagusta, May 27 - 29, 2009

There are and have been many Mediterraneans! The Mediterranean is
variously seen as a specific geo-strategic space, generator of
intellectual and social theories, an economic hub, place of “origin”,
tourist destination and unstable backwater. However the region is
characterized, it is a complex assemblage of identities, histories,
beliefs, territories and languages. It is a space coveted by empires,
revolutionaries, traders, politicians, intellectuals, indigenous peoples
and tourists alike. The Mediterranean may be seen as a space of desire,
confirmed by the name itself; “Middle-earth” places the inhabitants of the
Mediterranean at the centre of the world, or, omphalos, less as monumental
egotism than self-conscious act of interpretation.

Eastern Mediterranean University invites participation in an
interdisciplinary conference on the narratives of this remarkable region.
What is of express interest to this conference is the way in which
civilisational shifts, fusions, faultlines and oscillations of the
Mediterranean world have given rise to extraordinary interpretations, life-
world strategies and symbolic constructions. Such activity is manifested
in the remarkable literature and art, philosophies, religions,
archaeological readings, political theories and economic practices of the
region. We seek thought-provoking papers exploring the symbolic/ideational
dynamics of changing perceptions in and of the Mediterranean world.

Please send a 250-word abstract, clear contact details, academic
affiliation and title of paper. Please indicate which panel you would like
to participate in. Proposals for panels gladly accepted. Deadline for
submission of abstracts: November 15, 2008.
http://medworlds.emu.edu.tr

Contact email: medworlds_at_emu.edu.tr

Suggested Panels:
Mapping the Mediterranean—soft centres and shifting borders
Occupation, Imperialism and Territorialisation—pilgrims, guns, genes
Discourses of power—institutions, money, words,
Trafficking—humans, drugs, antiquities
Postmodernist and modernist discourses in and on the Mediterranean
Maritime cultures—crossings, coastlines, transitional spaces
Memory and dream—writing, reading, imaging, tuning the Mediterranean
The contestation of identities—gender, sexual, ethnic, regional
Historical disjunctions and archaeological readings
Practices and discourses of space— landscape, city, sprawl
Clubbing in the Med—consumption of excess
Contact zones—the Afro-Europa-Asia dynamic
Technology—cyberspace, the public sphere, technologies of the soul

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cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches