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Language, culture & media in the Mediterranean

Langues, cultures et médias en Méditerranée

لغات منطقة المتوسط وثقافاتها وإعلامها

Genres, Taste, Scents and Colors

Genres, goûts, odeurs et couleurs

الجنس والذوق والرائحة واللون

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Published on Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Pour sa cinquième édition, le congrès international Langues, cultures et médias en Méditerranée prend comme thématique centrale de recherche Genres, goûts, odeurs et couleurs. Pour rappel, les quatre précédentes éditions (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016) se sont focalisées sur les formes, les sens, les usages, les représentations et leurs développements, aussi bien dans la langue, le discours, les textes que les médias. S’inscrivant dans la continuité de ces thématiques, la cinquième édition s’intéressera aux notions de genres, goûts, odeurs et couleurs en Méditerranée. Si l’on s’accorde à dire que ces notions, faisant d’abord partie du lexique, sont des phénomènes de perception, elles sont aussi des faits sociétaux et des constructions culturelles complexes en étroite relation avec les contextes culturel, temporel et spatial. Ce sont ces contextes qui font ces notions, ils leur donnent leurs définitions et leurs sens, construisent leurs codes et leurs valeurs, organisent leurs pratiques et déterminent leurs enjeux.



The Mediterranean region is traditionally known as the crossroads of various ethnic groups and cultures. It is reputedly the source of colors (Tyrian purple, Egyptian blue and green, Pompeian red, the saffron of Mycenae, etc.). It is also famous for its scents, flavors, aromas, spices, botany, and climate. Its diversity is expressed through a variety of idioms, cultures, relationships, beliefs, religions, heritages, memories and spaces, its multilingual and multicultural identity (Abdenbi Lachkar & Teddy Arnavielle 2014). This reputation has always been connected to that of the Near and Far East, when porcelain and tea were brought from China and spices from India. It is also linked to Africa through the importing of gold and copper from Benin and of African sculpture and art, etc... This makes the Mediterranean the cradle of ancient civilizations and the meeting place for both East and West, North and South, tradition and modernity. These properties impact on individual and collective language use and appear throughout individuals representations of gender & genres, tastes, smells and colors.

The focus on gender & genres and their development and use may or may not be found in several theoretical and disciplinary frameworks in the human and social sciences. In this meeting we will try to explain the study of gender & genres and their employment in both written and oral literature, in linguistics (Speech analysis, grammar, morpho-syntax, phonetics, semio-semantics, pragmatics, linguistic and social psychology, sociolinguistics and didactics of languages and cultures), in information and communication sciences, in archaeology, in the field of arts, etc.

Social and human sciences researchers specialized in linguistics, literature, archaeology, history, arts, sociology, psychology, information and communication sciences, etc., are welcome to take part in this congress in order to discuss their new, unpublished research in these fields. The objective is to:

  • Raise the question of the relations between the inhabitants of the Mediterranean region and those of its periphery on the Silk Road (chiefly Iran, India and China) through the study of discursive, textual, historical and cultural sources.
  • Elaborate the "grammar" of these notions and highlight what is common and particular in terms of linguistics.
  • Study the ways in which Mediterranean languages have appropriated and described taste, color and so on…
  • Analyze the ways in which they are expressed in the media, digitally and in art.
  • Finally, the employment of “gender & genres, taste, scents, and colors” in everyday (or common) parlance will be contrasted with a reflection on their use in socio-linguistic, literary and media practices. The use of these notions should reflect the image of the life, diversity and cultural richness of the Mediterranean beyond its purely linguistic characteristics. This congress, apart from focusing on notions of gender & genres, taste, scents, and colors, will also give the opportunity to think about the question of interculturality, representations of identity in individual and collective use and their implications for the theory and practice of gender & genres.

Submission guidelines

Proposals for papers (written in French, Arabic or English), including a one-page C.V. and an abstract of 350-500 words, should be sent

before March 25th, 2018 to the following email address: abdenbilachkar@yahoo.fr

They will be examined by the Scientific Committee, which will notify its acceptance or rejection of proposals by May 30th, 2018. 

Organizing Commitee

  • Abdenbi LACHKAR (Université Paul Valéry-Montpellier3, IRIEC)
  • Salam DIAB-DURANTON (Université Grenoble Alpes,  ILCEA4-CREO)
  • Rahma BARBARA (Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah, Fès, Maroc, LACUDIC)
  • Mohamed METALSI HABRI (Université Euromed de Fès, Maroc)
  • Georges KLEIBER (Université de Strasbourg, USIAS & LILPA/Scolia)
  • Laurence DENOOZ (Université de Lorraine, CREM)
  • Aziz OULMOUDNE (AMDECLEM, Agadir, Maroc) 

Active supporting institutions:

Institut Français de Fès, Maroc


  • Université Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah
    Fes, Kingdom of Morocco (99)


  • Sunday, March 25, 2018


  • genre, goût, odeur, couleur, usage, représentation


  • Abdenbi Lachkar
    courriel : abdenbilachkar [at] yahoo [dot] fr

Information source

  • Abdenbi Lachkar
    courriel : abdenbilachkar [at] yahoo [dot] fr


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« Language, culture & media in the Mediterranean », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, https://doi.org/10.58079/zcv

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