UPDATE: [Cultural-Historical] Northern Heterotopias
University College of the North: "Northern Heterotopias"
The Pas, Manitoba, Canada, June 4-5, 2009
In a 1967 lecture entitled â€˜Of Other Spacesâ€™ [Des espaces autres] Michel
Foucault elaborated on his lifelong fascination with space and spatial
metaphors and presented the idea of heterotopia(s) through which he
challenged dominant, unilateral ways to think about space and place.
Foucault called our attention to the many â€œcounter-sitesâ€, or multiple
imaginations, experiences and inscriptions of space and identity, that
can be found beyond the â€œfundamentally unrealâ€ discourse of dominant
utopias that seek to define, regulate, and confine particular places and
people. In contrast to utopias, then, heterotopias â€œjuxtapos[e] in a
single real place several spaces, several sites that are themselves
incompatible.â€ (Foucault, 1986  p25).
Digressing from Foucaultâ€™s original coinage of the term to re-
conceptualize specific sites and places (cemeteries, cinemas, boats,
brothels, etc), we interpret the idea of heterotopia, and the mapping
logic of heterotopology, as an alternative way to think of the experience
of space as a whole, and a conceptual lens through which to analyze and
bring to light the multiple imaginations, experiences, embodiments, and
inscriptions of space and place that are inherent in all sites.
What, then, would a heterotopology of the (idea of) North look like?
For this conference, we invite scholars, artists, storytellers, writers,
poets and activists to examine different ideas, imaginations,
experiences, and inscriptions of the North beyond hegemonic conceptions
(the Great â€œWhiteâ€ North; hegemonic articulations of indigenism; the
North and its â€˜untapped resourcesâ€™, etc.).
We leave it up to participants to navigate through that contested space
(discursive, physical, human) that is the North, and to identify both
Northern utopias (or hegemonies) and the counter-sites they have
Thus, we hope to bring together a broad range of voices and experiences
that highlight the fundamentally plural (contradictory? cacophonic?
contrapuntal? heteroglossic?) and heterotopic nature of the North.
We are particularly interested in papers that address the following
*Migration, diaspora and metissage
*Critical Indigenous perspectives
*Race, gender and sexuality
*Globalization and transnationalism
*Art as Resistance
Works cited: Foucault, M. (1986). â€˜Of other spacesâ€™. Diacritics, 16, 22-
To be considered, an abstract or paper must be received no later than
January 15th, 2009.
The abstract or title page must include:
the name, affiliation, email address and telephone number of the
name(s) of co-presenters/co-authors
a brief biography of each author/presenter
Submissions using one of the following methods:
Email attachment (PDF or Word) to:
Attn: Dr. Samuel Veissiere
University College of the North
Attn: Dr. Samuel Veissiere
504 Princeton Drive
Thompson MB R8N 0A5
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