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conference CULTURE(S) AND RESISTANCE TODAY June 19-21, 2014, Nîmes University (France)
full name / name of organization:
claude chastagner, université Montpellier 3, France
6th Cultural Geography, Anthropology, and Cultural Studies International Conference in Languedoc-Roussillon (France)
CULTURE(S) AND RESISTANCE TODAY
June 19-21, 2014, Nîmes University (France)
CALL FOR PAPERS
The 6th Cultural Geography, Anthropology, and Cultural Studies International Conference in Languedoc-Roussillon will focus on culture(s) and resistance today. What is the nature of the connections between the various forms of culture and the various forms of resistance? Dialogues, oppositions, transformations? The conference will investigate anthropology (nature and culture), history (civilization and culture), geography (territories, identities, landscapes and cultures) as well as the contemporary representations given of these connections by various art forms.
The goal is to grasp the notion of resistance in its plurality and complexity. From a semantic perspective, one has to differentiate between close but distinct notions: rebellion, revolt, protest. Likewise, resistance must not be confused with its manifestations: riots, demonstrations, strikes, or Brazilian invasiaoes. Resistance is an individual or collective form of refusal that summons the mind as much as the body. It springs wherever there is oppression, in places of power or in everyday places: urban or rural environments, places of work, education, coercion. However, it always has a political dimension. Resistance can adopt material or immaterial forms. It can be characterized by words or gestures, or the absence thereof, by action or inaction, violence or non-violence. It is distinct from overworked discourse, the resigned acceptance of daily routine.
Resistance can also be taken as a form of strong ethical involvement, against potentially threatening norms. The point is then to understand why specific groups, on specific territories have chosen to resist: to challenge evolutions of the social world, of modes of production, of territorial policies they consider threatening, to fight back exclusion or globalization, or on the contrary to prevent microcosmic projects (the NIMBY syndrome). Various concepts should be approached, such as autochtony, local identities, or infrapolitics, to the extent that they stand apart from traditional political practices. A reflection on the links that tie culture to resistance should also acknowledge the development of a social consciousness: consciousness in terms of class, or socially marginalized group.
The analysis of cultural resistance can be done at the level of territories and communities, focusing on why resistance can reveal cultural stakes and bear an impact on territorial dynamics.
On the long run, the region of the Cévennes, in central France, offer a striking example of a “territory of resistance”, as embodied by the “camisard”: the Cévennes War opposed between 1702 and 1704 the royal troops against an overwhelmingly Protestant population who prided itself on its freedom of consciousness. We can thus deem legitimate to study how images of resistance are territorially built and transformed. What is the role of commemorations and memory in the qualification and requalification of such territories? Similar questions can be asked about events closer to us, such as what took or is still taking place in Larzac, at Notre-Dame des Landes, or in the Chiapas highlands. Through its representation in books or songs, resistance can be turned into a label, a marketing tool, which raises the related issue of the manipulation of sentiments, emotions, convictions, certainties, on which resistance relies.
Eventually, the American counter culture of the ’60s offers a model of cultural resistance that became adopted in various contexts. Case studies could explore the contradictory appropriations of the notion, from its conception as a site of avant-gardes to its co-optation by conservative forces.
To analyze the complex interaction of culture and resistance today, one must also examine the words, behaviors and representations it adopts, its temporality, from the short to the long term, the individual or collective risks it entails. Papers may focus on one of the following axes:
Deadline for proposals: June 15, 2013
Proposals (between 2000 and 4000 signs, 1 to 2 pages, in English or in French) must be sent in Times New Roman 12, 1.5 line spacing, in Word. They shall feature the first and last name, field, status, affiliation, and electronic address of the author, as well as 5 key words.
The document will be saved under the following name: LASTNAME.firstname.doc, and sent exclusively to firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer 2013: evaluation of the proposals by the Scientific Committee.