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  • 18/02/2023

    “Architectural photography (kenchiku shashin 建築写真)” is an expansive and multifaceted notion, approached differently by architects, urban planners, interior designers, developers, publishers, amateur photographers, commissioned professional photographers, or artists. This confrontation of meanings and uses is what interests us. Indeed, while architectural photography has been widely and regularly displayed since the 19th century, through albums, dedicated magazines, serial publications, photobooks, and exhibitions, there is currently no in-depth study that allows for a global understanding. Therefore, we have decided to initiate a seminar that aims to formulate a definition of this notion that encompasses all of its complexity.

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  • 28/02/2023

    This conference would like to explore the manifestations and transformations of the interplay between text and image in the writings and thought of the philosopher and theoretician of representation Louis Marin (1931-1992), and their resurgence in other disciplines, but also to situate them in a multiplicity of contemporary attempts to reconfigure the links between image and text, work (of art) and discourse, art and literature.

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  • 30/03/2023

    In the context of the profound digital transformation of scientific research, and in particular in enhanced knowledge dissemination, the epic of Episciences finds its roots in the beginning of the years 2000, when scientists want to take back in hand the whole process of publication. Nowadays, the platform contains close to 30 journals, covering a wide range of disciplines, from mathematics and computer science to the humanities and social sciences, among which diverse subjects like environmental studies and mechanical engineering. Throughout the presentations, the experience reports and a round table bringing together the journals that have made the choice to join the platform Episciences, these days aim to focus on the status of open access scientific publication, to consider the perspectives of the model of overlay journals and to place Episciences in the landscape of open science, on a national, European and international scale.

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  • 30/09/2023

    The preservation of digital data is a current societal issue. The eighteenth century saw a similar awareness due to an unprecedented increase in the quantity of documents preserved and therefore available. One of its manifestations was the portfolio (or “porte-feuille”): “cardboard folded in two, covered with skin or some cloth, & used to carry papers” (Dictionnaire de l’Académie Française, 1718). The aim of this conference is to examine this medium for storing and classifying personal documents, whether or not they were known to his contemporaries, published or not: drafts, reading notes, letters, printed matter and other “living writings”. The entire literate society can then be considered, let us think of the portfolios of a minister, an artist, a merchant, a craftsman, a man of letters, a scholar, etc. The French term “portefeuille” itself suggests tracking its progressive use throughout Europe and its colonial extensions.

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  • 31/03/2023

    The workshop invites mainly, but non-exclusively, Master’s, PhD students and early career researchers of history, archival studies, archaeology, archaeobotany, archaeozoology, palynology, and palaeoclimatology. Three main themes will be examined: Primary sources, be they written documents, paleodata, or archeological material; Environmental transformations in periods of political, social and economic change; Connections between regional and local environmental transformations.

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  • 30/04/2023

    This issue of TrOPICS journal examines ecologies in the broad sense in the Indian Ocean. The approach is multidisciplinary and proposes to invest two main axes : ecologies of spaces and (sub)marine and aquatic ecologies.

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  • 15/03/2023

    We would like to invite contributors to rethink the agency of plants in the literature and arts of the anglophone and the francophone worlds from the nineteenth century to the present day. The aim of the conference is to reflect on the active role of plants in texts and visual representations, and think about the aesthetic, political, and epistemological implications of this form of agency. We will analyse the way in which plants act upon and with the human world from an anthrodecentric perspective. We will look at how plants can organise or disorganise our world, call into question established truths, and shape power relations, including political ones.

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  • 20/02/2023

    We are delighted to announce this call for papers for a special issue on revolutionary African films made during decolonization (1950s-1970s), their role in shaping the social lives of African viewers both then and now, and their perilous and complex position as archival sources. This special issue seeks to gather scholarship on African revolutionary filmmaking and African film and media archives from across academic disciplines and intellectual contexts. We use the term “revolutionary” broadly here to denote the radical, multifaceted projects of transforming society, culture and discourses from colonial rule in ways that both genuinely sought emancipation through the “disruption of existing categories” as well as those projects that embedded authoritarian politics under the sign of revolution.

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  • 15/06/2023

    Taking inspiration from Robert Fossier’s important questions on who dominated the territory and inhabitants (“la terre et les hommes”) of medieval Normandy, we are keen to reopen major historiographical debates on feudalism and serfdom. Our conference aims to stimulate new reflections on the notion of domination. We take the term to include not only the actual control of people and/or territories, but also strategies implemented by the dominators to legitimize and justify the social order over which they ruled. Through reinterpretation of political, economic, social and religious arenas, considered together, this conference positions itself within the cursus of recent works on the fabric of power in medieval societies. It aims to question, and perhaps redefine, the concept of domination. Whilst domination contributed much to social hierarchy, other formative aspects –  such as cooperation, negotiation and contestation – should not be overlooked. 

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  • 31/03/2023

    Our contemporary era is marked by changes in the relationship to sexuality that can be grouped under the term “sexual modernity”. Although these issues are intimate, they also have a strong collective dimension. Several recent societal debates, particularly in the West, whether on same-sex marriage, surrogate motherhood, sexual violence, or recently on abortion freedom and trans-identity, have shown that although they are not new, the questions of the relationship between sexual ethics and religions must nevertheless be studied in the light of the social, scientific, political and legal developments of the last decade. This colloquium proposes to examine the relationship between religions and sexuality in contemporary times.

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  • 01/03/2023

    The workshop suggests to reflect on the transformations of the portrait and on the representation of the face in the visionary drawing of the 19th and 20th century. Associated with the research programme on the written and drawn archives of Théophile Bra (1797-1863) and supported by the University of Strasbourg Institute of Advanced Studies – USIAS, it aspires to open up the approach to the visionary drawing in order to comprehend its participation in epistemological and philosophical changes of modern times. It seeks to renew the methods of art history by including the history of science and of knowledge about the psyche, medicine and philosophy, which will encourage – beyond the definition of a visual culture – a reflection on the creativity they have in common in terms of images and graphic processes.

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  • 31/01/2023

    L’Espagne est un maillon essentiel dans l’économie des langages chorétiques européens à l’époque moderne. Sans nier le rôle matriciel de la France et de l’Italie, il faut donc rappeler son rôle dans un réseau de pratiques communes aux cours européennes et alimentées par leurs échanges et leurs dialogues. Or, par l’ampleur de son empire et de son influence culturelle, la monarchie hispanique contribua à la diffusion des codes et des modes de la danse européenne jusque dans les territoires de ses vice-royaumes, tout en intégrant par différents procédés d’hybridation, certaines des traditions chorégraphiques propres à ces cultures. C’est dans ce grand cadre de réflexion que se situe l’appel à projet du colloque « Danser jusque dans les confins de l’Empire (XVIe-XVIIIe siècle) », qui aura lieu les 26 et 27 juin 2023 à la Casa de Velázquez à Madrid.

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  • 20/01/2023

    This conference brings together anthropologists, ethnomusicologists, and historians to discuss the ways that communication devices have continued, reinforced, or altered how African people are sharing sounds and images of performance.

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  • 20/01/2023

    The conference examines the relationship that binds craftsmanship to the artistic field, through experiences examined in different countries, and asks the following questions: Is it imperative to set up an integrated training program for craftsmen across the whole Republic of Tunisia? Are the measures dedicated to the use of crafts as a privileged tool of the “anti-unemployment policy” sufficient? What is the responsibility of higher institutes of fine arts and crafts in Tunisia in promoting the sector? Designers and visual artists, will participate with their theoretical-practical projects, individual or collective, dedicated to this relationship between art and craftsmanship, to furnish an exhibition of arts and crafts objects, which will be organized in Tozeur in parallel with the conference.

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  • 31/07/2023

    This issue of EchoGeo seeks to explore East Africa’s contribution to the debate on cityness and city life in urban studies. This contribution has been growing over the past ten years, reflecting the accelerated urbanization of this part of the continent. Despite heterogeneous situations, the depth of the social transformations brought about by the urban transition has stirred major debates on city life and cityness in this part of Africa, once regarded as a bastion of African rurality. This initially led to the emergence of a scientific dialogue between East African cities themselves. However, this conversation has now opened up beyond this sub-region: researchers who work in East Africa have now engaged in broader international debates about city life, converse with urban scholars from other parts of the world, and are involved in comparative research projects that cross-cut regional divides (Rizzo and Atzeni, 2020).

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  • 01/02/2023

    This issue of Amerika will explore Southern Cone’s and Brazil’s horrific and terrific recent literature. In Latin America, violence is ubiquitous producing fear and anguish, and these emotions can be contagious. Fear and anguish are intrinsically related to terror, and they can take place both at a collective level and at an individual level. Many authors use terror to deal with subjects such as politics, family, violence, poverty, public security, social radicalization, the body and the feminine condition.

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  • 05/02/2023

    The Seventh Meeting of African Studies in France (REAF) dealt, in particular, with questions of mobility. As a follow-up, we invite researchers in the humanities and social sciences to address the issue of African migration through the lens of objects as traces of border crossings.

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  • 03/01/2023

    As part of the exhibition organised around this theme, the Centre Historique Minier has launched a call for papers for an international conference Spotlight on the mine, when cinema and literature take hold of the subject. In the contemporary era, mining has formed the subject of numerous artistic performances, particularly in the fields of writing and literature (mine novel, testimony, poetry, comic strip …), on the one hand, as well as in the world of cinema and audiovisual arts (fiction, documentary, animated film …). These representations have served as a place of artistic innovation, as well as a medium for mass culture (which developed alongside the mining industry), to such an extent that veritable sub-genres (the mine novel, the mine film) have been created, each with their own archetypes.

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  • 20/12/2022

    Interactions between film and music in the MENA region are relatively understudied, partly because music often takes a subsidiary role in film analysis, while music specialists seldom turn their attention to film. Nevertheless, a growing body of work exists on music as a form of cultural resistance at times of political upheaval, such as during the Arab uprisings and protests in Iran when voices of past musical icons have reverberated with the revolutionary mood and musicians have become symbols against political oppression.

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  • 30/01/2023

    According to the countless travelers who reported having seen their papers sunk into the abyss, the transport of manuscripts by sea was not an easy undertaking in early modern times. Still, since the emergence of the great European navies in the 17th century, considerable masses of documents of all kinds have filled European repositories and libraries from faraway places. Some are produced within an institutional framework linked to the maritime activity itself (newspapers, correspondence, maps...), others come from the initiative of actors who seek to extract information, knowledge or prestige from the manuscripts. It is also a question of apprehending, in a new light, documentary corpuses that are often reduced to their content, whereas they are often the result of a complex transaction between travelers, local intermediaries, patrons and powerful collectors.

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