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Speed, Silence and Solitude, 1st International Symposium (Toronto, Canada: Saturday 24th to Monday 26th of May, 2014)
full name / name of organization:
Dr. Alejandro Cervantes-Carson, General Coordinator, International Network for Alternative Academia
International Network for Alternative Academia - Extends a general invitation to participate
1st International Symposium: Speed, Silence and Solitude
Part of the Research Program on: Space, Time and New Technologies of the Self
Saturday 24th to Monday 26th of May, 2014
Institutional Partner: Humber ITAL
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Call for Papers
This trans-disciplinary research project is interested in exploring how new technologies are re-calibrating our notion of time, re-configuring our ideas of space and, as a result, how they are re-envisioning our understanding of the self and its relation to others.
From smartphones to tablets, from Apps to Twitter, the new technologies and the social media to which they have given rise increasingly occupy our time and mediate our relationships. They encourage us to develop fast friends, guide us as to locate fast food, even helps us to find places to practice fast yoga. They keep us ever in the presence of others, always connected, ever accessible. We find ourselves amongst those who are rushing to catch up on what they have always already been behind on starting. It is a world in which speed has become the measure of all things, in which silence is rare, and in which solitude has at one and the same time become hard to find and difficult to escape. How are these experiences reshaping the way we perceive the world, see ourselves and relate to others?
We invite colleagues from all disciplines and professions interested in exploring and explaining these issues in a collective, deliberative and dialogical environment to send presentation proposals that address these general questions or the following themes:
- How are our conceptions of time being recalibrated?
- What is the value of silence?
- How does solitude differ from loneliness? How does it differ from boredom?
If you are interested in participating in this Annual Symposium, submit a 400 to 500 word abstract as soon as possible and no later than Friday 25th of April, 2014. (For justifiable cases, we do uphold a tolerance period of fifteen days.)
Please use the following template for your submission:
To submit an abstract online follow these steps:
For every abstract proposal submitted, we acknowledge receipt. If you do not receive a reply from us within three days, you should assume the submission process was not completed successfully. Please try again or contact our technical support for clarifications.
All presentation and paper proposals that address these questions and issues will be fully considered and evaluated. Evaluation of abstract submissions will be ongoing, from the opening date of Monday 14th of October, 2013. All Prospective Delegates can expect a reply time to their submission of three weeks.
Accepted abstracts will require a full draft paper by Friday 9th of May, 2014. Papers are for a 20 minute presentation, 8 to 10 pages long, double spaced, Times New Roman 12. All papers presented at the symposium are eligible for publication as part of a digital or paperback book.
We invite colleagues and people interested in participating to disseminate this call for papers. Thank you for sharing and cross-listing where and whenever appropriate.
Hope to meet you in Toronto!
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