School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
Beyond Eurocentricism: Rethinking Spatial Representation
Non-European space is almost always represented through an East-West hegemonic binary in Eurocentric thinking, which upholds and perpetuates uneven geographical discourse and power, and subjugates the Eastern ‘Other’. This binary neglects the multidimensionality of spatial representation and representational responses in Asian, African and Middle Eastern cultural texts and discourses. The 2015 CCLPS Postgraduate Conference aims to examine these alternative representational spaces from historical and contemporary, local and global, as well as national and international contexts. In so doing, this conference on the one hand challenges European theories and practices of spatial representation that are almost always unchallenged, and on the other examines and explores theories, practices, and discourses of space from non-European perspectives.
We invite papers that investigate spatial representation as a cultural practice and a discourse in the broadest possible sense from an interdisciplinary perspective. We seek papers that question and encourage discussions on the implications, limitations and new trajectories of rethinking representations of space beyond a Eurocentric prism and European theory in Asian, African and Middle Eastern culture.
Topics could include, for example: imperialism and geography; borders and the nation state; ideological spaces; national and/or communal borders; the city and the country; metropolitanism; cosmopolitanism; formations of spatial identity and ‘Otherness’; intercultural and interlinguistic space; diaspora narratives; local cosmologies; mythical and/or spiritual representational spaces; imagined spaces; alternative histories of landscape, environment and architecture; ecologies; parallel universes; the wilderness, the unseen, the underground; spaces occupied by non-humans; interrogations of space as a gendered entity; space and sexuality; the public and the private; areas of safety; sites of violence.
We hope to establish comparative critical perspectives informed by, but not limited to, cultural studies, literary studies, postcolonial studies, area studies, architecture, gender studies, urban studies, urban cultural studies, animal studies and ecocriticism.
Abstract proposals should be no longer than 200-250 words, and Panel proposals no longer than 400 words, with very short bios of no more than 50 words, and be sent by 15 March 2015 firstname.lastname@example.org
Notification of acceptance will be announced no later than end of March.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
CCLPS Postgraduate Conference Organising Committee:
Sefik Huseyin: email@example.com
Poonkulaly Gunaseelan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Charis Bredin: email@example.com
Nadeschda Lisa Bachem: firstname.lastname@example.org