6th Global Conference: Strangers, Aliens and foreigners (November, 2014:Prague, Czech Republic)

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Dr Rob Fisher, Inter-disciplinary.Net

6th Global Conference: Strangers, Aliens and foreigners

Saturday 1st November – Monday 3rd November 2014
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Presentations:

This multi-disciplinary project seeks to explore the crucial place that strangers, aliens and foreigners have for the constitution of self, communities and societies. In particular the project will assess world transformations, like phenomena we associate with the term 'globalisation', new forms of migration and the massive movements of people across the globe, as well as the impact they have on the conceptions we hold of self and other. Looking to encourage innovative trans-disciplinary dialogues, we warmly welcome papers from all disciplines, professions and vocations which struggle to understand what it means for people, the world over, to forge a sense of self in rapidly changing contexts where it is no longer possible to ignore the importance of strangers, aliens and foreigners for our contemporary nations, societies and cultures.

Presentations, papers, performances, panels and workshops are invited on any of the following themes:

1. Place / Space and Strangeness
-Impact of place on identity
-Place as stranger / Strange places
-Alien Places/ Spaces
-Managing/ manipulating strange spaces
-Demarcating Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners

2. Virtual Strangers
-Bodies in the virtual space
-Creating virtual identities
-Gender in the Virtual World
-Virtual communities
-Faith / Believers in the virtual world
-Digital depictions of Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners

3. Communicating Strangeness / Otherness
-Narratives of strangeness / otherness
-Recording Strangeness / Discourses of Otherness
-Strange expressions / Emotive others
-Alien discourses / Strange interpretations
-Strange speech / Hearing Others

4. Alien Geographies
-Mapping strangeness
-Strange frontiers
-Other horizons
-Alien landscapes
-Alien markets / Transacting Strangeness
-Strange, Alien and foreign cartographies

5. Cultures of Otherness
-Venues for performing Otherness (Museums, Galleries etc.)
-Acceptance / Rejection of cultural otherness
-Artifacts of Otherness / Strange Ornaments
-Adorning Otherness / Designing Strangers
-Consuming Cultures (food, film, music, art, cuisine)
-Visualizing / Remembering Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners

Presentations will be considered on any related theme.

In order to support and encourage inter-disciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between these groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between Making Sense of: Dying and Death, Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners and Making Sense of: Play.

What to Send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 27th June 2014. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 19th September 2014. 300 word abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats, following this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Strangers 6 Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs
Hassan Bashir: hassan.bashir@qatar.tamu.edu
Rob Fisher: saf6@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the Diversity and Recognition research projects, which in turn belong to the At the Interface programmes of Inter-Disciplinary.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore discussions which are innovative and challenging. All papers accepted for and presented at this conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into a themed ISBN hard copy volume.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

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Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.