CFP: [General] ACLA 2008: With or against the flow: Conversation and Movement

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Barbara van Feggelen
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Join one of the panels at the ACLA conference 2008!!

With or Against the Flow: Conversation and Movement

This panel examines the way in which the social spaces of conversation
that have characterized our social, cultural and political history and
their representations have always depended on the phenomenon of movement.
For not only do the salon, the cafe, and other such social groups allow
for a great number of arrivals and departures from people with different
nationalities, they are also the archetypal space for a collectivity of
language based on the traveling of words and ideas.

Referring to the many historical accounts and representations by people
who associated themselves with the social spaces such as the salon as
well as the various theories concerning inter-individuality, this panel
will question the significance of movement for the European social
spaces. We particularly welcome comparative papers that focus on the
workings of sociality and its influence on culture and politics.

We welcome papers that address:

foreign influences in social spaces (arrivals/departures)
the exchange of ideas and their political impact
gender and conversation
the structure and significance of group conversation
the representations of collectivity of language

NB: Please send proposals by November 15. To submit a proposal, please fo
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