1st Global Conference
Space and Place

Wednesday 14th September to Friday 16th September 2011
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Papers
Questions of space and place affect the very way
in which we experience and recreate the world.
Wars are fought over both real and imagined
spaces; boundaries are erected against the Other
constructed a lived landscape of division and
disenfranchisement; and ideology constructs a
national identity based upon the dialectics of
inclusion and exclusion. The construction of space
and place is also a fundamental aspect of
the creative arts either through the art of
reconstruction of a known space or in establishing
a relationship between the audience and the
performance. Politics, power and knowledge are
also fundamental components of space as is the
relationship between visibility and invisibility.
This new inter- and multi-disciplinary conference
project seeks to explore these and other topics
and open up a dialogue about the politics and
practices of space and place.  We seek submissions
from a range of disciplines including archaeology,
architecture, urban geography, the visual and
creative arts, philosophy and politics and
also actively encourage practitioners and
non-academics with an interest in the topic to

We welcome traditional papers, preformed panels of
papers, workshop proposals and other forms of
performance - recognizing that different
disciplines express themselves in different
mediums. Submissions are sought on any aspect of
space and place, including the following:

1. Theorising Space and Place

* Philosophies and space and place
* Surveillance, sight and the panoptic structures
and spaces of contemporary life
* Rhizomatics and/or postmodernist constructions
of space as a meshwork of paths (Ingold: 2008)
* The relationship between spatiality and
temporality/space as a temporal-spatial event
(Massey: 2005)
* The language and semiotics of space and place

2. Situated Identities

* Gendered spaces including the tension between
domestic and public spheres
* Work spaces and hierarchies of power
* Geographies and archaeologies of space including
Orientalism and Occidentalism
* Ethnic spaces/ethnicity and space
* Disabled spaces/places
* Queer places and spaces

3. Contested spaces

* The politics and ideology of constructions and
discourses of space and place including the
construction of gated communities as a
response to real/imagined terrorism.
* The relationship between power, knowledge and
the construction of place and space
* Territorial wars, both real and imagined.
* The relationship between the global and the local
* Barriers, obstructions and disenfranchisement in
the construction of lived spaces
* Space and place from colonisation to globalisation
* Real and imagined maps/cartographies of place
* Transnational and translocal places

4. Representations of place and space
* Embodied/disembodied spaces
* Lived spaces and the architecture of identity
* Haunted spaces/places and non-spaces
* Set design and the construction of space in
film, television and theatre
* Authenticity and the eproduction/representation
of place in the creative arts
* Technology and developments in the
representation of space including new media
technologies and 3D technologies of viewing
* Future cities/futurology and space
* Representations of the urban and the city in the
media and creative arts
* Space in computer games

300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday
22nd April 2011. If an abstract is accepted for
the conference, a full draft paper should be
submitted by Friday 22nd July 2011. 300 word
abstracts should be submitted to the Organising
Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or
RTF formats, following this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d)
title of abstract, e) body of abstract
E-mails should be entitled: SP Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain
from using footnotes and any special formatting,
characters or emphasis (such as bold,
italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and
answer 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:

Shona Hill & Shilinka Smith
Conference Leaders
New Zealand
E-mail: [email protected]

Colette Balmain
London, United Kingdom
E-mail: [email protected]

Rob Fisher
Network Founder and Network Leader,
Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom.
E-mail: [email protected]

The conference is part of the 'Ethos' series of
research projects, which in turn belong to the
Critical Issues programmes of ID.Net. It aims to
bring together people from different areas and
interests to share ideas and explore various
discussions which are innovative and challenging.
All papers accepted for and presented at the
conference will be published in an ISBN eBook.
Selected papers may be invited to go forward
for development into 20-25 page chapters for
publication in a themed dialogic ISBN hard copy

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