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Cold. Adaptation, Production, Representations, Effects

Le froid. Adaptation, production, réprésentations, effets

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Published on Tuesday, June 04, 2013 by Elsa Zotian

Summary

The objective of this multidisciplinary conference is to think about the idea of “cold” in all of its multiple disciplinary variations—geographical, cultural, medical, biological, climatological , engineered, physical, linguistic and sociological. Defined by Étienne Lalou as “both a relative and subjective sensation,” cold is invisible. Its manifestations can only be appreciated in the effect it has on bodies and objects as well as through human adaptation (architecture, transportation, clothing, social and cultural practices), representation (literary, filmic, pictorial) and its technical or technological production(refrigeration and cooling, air conditioning, freezing, etc.).

Announcement

International multidisciplinary conference, December 12, 13 and 14, 2013,  Université de Versailles—Saint-Quentin‑en‑Yvelines

8th international multidisciplinary conference organized by the international Laboratory for the comparative multidisciplinary study of the representations of the north, from université du Québec à Montréal

Co-organized by the université de Versailles—Saint-Quentin‑en‑Yvelines and université du Québec à Montréal

Argument

The objective of this multidisciplinary conference is to think about the idea of “cold” in all of its multiple disciplinary variations—geographical, cultural, medical, biological, climatological, engineered, physical, linguistic and sociological. Defined by Étienne Lalou as “both a relative and subjective sensation,” cold is invisible. Its manifestations can only be appreciated in the effect it has on bodies and objects as well as through human adaptation (architecture, transportation, clothing, social and cultural practices), representation (literary, filmic, pictorial) and its technical or technological production (refrigeration and cooling, air conditioning, freezing, etc.)

Organizers welcome contributions that bring together more than one discipline and that address both general and specific issues associated with the idea of cold. For example:

  • The effects of cold on human activities, bodies and matter
  • The idea of cold as a variable, universal experience
  • The axiological and spiritual dimensions of cold representations
  • The iological effects of cold temperatures
  • Cold prevention
  • Cold architecture and architectural adaptation to cold temperatures
  • The use of, adaptation to and constraints associated with cold in terms of transportation
  • The medical use of cold temperature
  • The idea of cold as cultural object built by discourse
  • The effects of cold on cultural and social practices
  • The idea of cold in mythology, art and philosophy
  • Experiencing cold in terms of metaphysics and identity
  • Physical properties of cold temperature
  • Biological adaptation to the cold in flora, fauna and humans
  • History of technical and industrial cold and cooling production
  • The idea of cold as a sign of invisibility
  • The effects of cold on food consumption (refrigerated/frozen food)
  • Representations of cold as a sign of climate change

Submission guidelines

Proposals can be sent by e-mail at imaginairedunord@uqam.ca

until August 31, 2013 at the latest.

They should contain the title of the conference, a brief description (10-20 lines), the name of the speaker, his/her institutional affiliation and status, as well as his/her full postal and e-mail addresses.

Answers will be sent by October 1, 2013.

The conference will take place at Université de Versailles—Saint‑Quentin‑en‑Yvelines, on December 12, 13 and 14, 2013. The event is co-organized by the Laboratory for the Comparative Multidisciplinary Study of the Representations of the North, from Université du Québec à Montréal, and the Centre européen d’études arctiques de l’Université de Versailles—Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, as part of a France-Québec cooperation project.

Selected papers will be published.

Scientific and organization board

  • Daniel Arsenault (Université du Québec à Montréal),
  • Jan Borm (Université de Versailles — Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines),
  • Daniel Chartier (Université du Québec à Montréal),
  • Odile Parsis-Barubé (Université de Lille 3 — Charles-de-Gaulle)
  • Alain Sarkissian (Université de Versailles — Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines).

Places

  • Guyancourt, France (78)

Date(s)

  • Saturday, August 31, 2013

Keywords

  • froid, adaptation, production, représentations, effets, cold, adaptation, production, representations, effects

Contact(s)

  • Yannick Legault
    courriel : imaginairedunord [at] uqam [dot] ca

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Yannick Legault
    courriel : imaginairedunord [at] uqam [dot] ca

To cite this announcement

« Cold. Adaptation, Production, Representations, Effects », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, June 04, 2013, https://calenda.org/251004

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