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PREOCCUPIED: Words, Wounds, and Workings of Occupations Past and Present, June 28-29, Kulturpark Berlin
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Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Programs
CALL FOR PAPERS
Pairing the interdisciplinary nature of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Programs with the innovation of multimedia storytelling, the PREOCCUPIED 2012 conference offers a platform for academics, activists and artists to challenge the confines of their disciplines: provoking thought, debate, and action on issues that have accelerated to global predominance in light of the recent occupations.
The conference invites papers that consider the various meanings of the word occupy and occupation. The disparate meanings of the increasingly-loaded word will be assembled in panels and a series of talks, interspersed with forays into art and activism, inviting participants to explore the roots of the current occupation movement, and its implications throughout time and place – in the realms of work, conquest, and protest.
Hosted by the Kulturpark Berlin, an abandoned DDR theme park, the conference will embody occupation in many ways: from its location, to its catering – which will feature locally foraged greens and “recycled” foods, courtesy of The Dinner Exchange. In collaboration with the Kulturpark Creative Camp and Exchange Program, international visual artists will coexist with the conference participants in the uncanny spaces of the amusement park.
PREOCCUPIED is an unlikely conference, bringing together a diversity of people and opinions in two stimulating days of art, academics, action and interaction.
We welcome papers that address issues related to Occupation, in the broadest sense of the word. These might consider, but should by no means be limited to:
Some of the presentations of papers will be video-recorded, and thus a certain use of