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Authority and Its Discourses
full name / name of organization:
Lynda Chouiten/University of Boumerdès
Call for Papers
What is authority? How does it manifest itself? We know, since Foucault, that it can take different, and often subtle, aspects; we also know that it is inseparable from discourse. In Discipline and Punish, Foucault explains that seemingly more or less neutral institutions like schools, hospitals, and art make use of discursive mechanisms to set norms and hierarchies. Authority is usually held by those who represent the norm and occupy the highest positions in hierarchy; it seems, thus, to be inseparable from order. Yet there is also a form of authority that one may term “subversive” or “non-official”. One thinks, for example, of the fascination exerted by heroic outlaws and, sometimes, by outright bandits. One also thinks of the status of saintliness bestowed on fools and madmen in some cultures. On the other hand, “official” authority may be contested, as when political leaders are caricatured or when teachers and employers see their decisions questioned. The very concept of authority is frowned upon in our “democratic” times. A more “horizontal”, that is, egalitarian relationship, is encouraged in professional as well as pedagogic contexts; and social markers are becoming obsolete.
Authority and gender:
Authority and literature:
Authority and academia:
Please send a 250-300 word proposal and a short bio-bibliographical note to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15th 1014. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by March 15th 2014.
There is no registration fee. The organizers will provide meals and accommodation, but participants will have to cover their travel/transportation fees.
The languages of the conference are English, French, and Arabic.
Scientific Committee (in alphabetical order):
ARAB Si Abderrahmane, University of Boumerdès