Confinement, Resistance, Freedom [8-10 May 2013; Izmir, Turkey]

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Ege University 14th Internatiınal Cultural Studies Symposium
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Seemingly, the history of humanity has fashioned itself on the tri-partite relationship between confinement, resistance and freedom. Each and every epoch has its own forms of confinement which are met with its own kind of resistance which may or may not be resolved with some form of freedom. Ironically, even after the first decade of the 21st century these concepts still play a prominent role concerning the human condition. One would think that centuries of accumulated human thought and development would have opened up new avenues of discussion. Yet the potency of these notions are still felt today, despite the so-called fuzziness of borders that mark social/cultural/historical categories and the increased mobility between various 'fields' and 'domains' in critical studies. The modern discourse has long freed itself from the grand-narratives, but at what cost? How does the instability of centers affect our sense of belonging as modern individuals? In what way have our definitions of freedom changed in connection with new forms of confinement and resistance?

In this symposium we would like to provide a platform where we could discuss how these concepts interact with one another in shaping our personal and communal relationship with the world we live in.

Our symposium is open to academics and graduate students from all fields of study. Panel proposals chaired by colleagues from different universities are especially welcome, along with individual papers, roundtables, workshops and performances either in English or Turkish. Please note that there
will be no translations during the symposium.

The deadline for proposals: 21 December 2012
Notification for accepted papers: 21 January 2013

Please send a 250 word abstract for a 20 minute paper and a short bio (a paragraph of around 50 words) in the form of an email "word" attachment to the coordinator at:

For more information our website will shortly be available at:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nevin Yıldırım Koyuncu
Ege University
Faculty of Letters,
Department of English Language and Literature
35100-Bornova, Izmir
Tel: +90 232 3112259
Fax:+90 232 3881102