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  • Call for papers - Geography

    Thinking cityness from East African cities

    “EchoGeo” – N° 67 (january-march 2024)

    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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  • Cerisy-la-Salle

    Call for papers - Middle Ages

    Lords and Masters : domination in medieval Normandy (11th-15th centuries)

    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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  • Saint-Denis

    Call for papers - Africa

    Ecologies of the Indian Ocean Worlds

    TrOPICS journal

    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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  • Call for papers - Representation

    Technomémoire : mémoire, souvenirs et technologies émergentes

    Cet appel s’inscrit dans le prolongement des études sur la mémoire matérielle et explore les technologies dites « émergentes » spécialisées dans la production de souvenirs et la « gestion » de la mémoire personnelle du quotidien au XXIe siècle. Il se penche de façon critique sur les nouvelles formes de médiation de la mémoire mobilisant différentes techniques numériques récentes, à savoir l’intelligence artificielle, la réalité « augmentée », la réalité virtuelle, les médias socionumériques et les objets connectés (internet des objets). Ce projet d’ouvrage souhaite cependant ne pas se limiter au seul regard sur le numérique dans un contexte de la production et de la réception de la mémoire et des souvenir, mais envisage également de discuter la rencontre et la coexistence de l’analogique et du numérique quand il s’agit de faire mémoire.

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  • Lausanne

    Call for papers - Religion

    Sexual modernity

    Religions and the intimate sphere in contemporary times

    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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  • Call for papers - Sociology

    Faire parler du travail à partir d’images : enjeux méthodologiques et épistémologiques

    Revue « Images du travail-travail des images » n°17

    Ce numéro de la revue Images du travail-travail des images visera à questionner ce que faire parler à partir d’images veut dire, ce que cela fait à l’enquête, ce que cela engendre dans la relation enquêteur-enquêté·es, quel est le statut de ce type de données d’enquête. Nous invitons donc à produire de l’analyse réflexive sur ces techniques d’enquête, à questionner non seulement leurs apports et limites d’un point de vue épistémologique et méthodologique mais aussi leurs spécificités pour la connaissance des mondes du travail.

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  • Paris | Fontainebleau

    Call for papers - Nature, landscape and environment

    The Agency of Plants in the Literature and the Arts of the French- and English-Speaking Worlds (19th c. – 21st c.)

    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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  • Grenoble

    Call for papers - Law

    Nettoyer (les locaux de) l’administration - Réflexions sur le ménage de l’État et celles et ceux qui le font

    Le présent appel à communications vise à l’organisation d’un colloque organisé par le centre de recherches juridiques de l’université Grenoble Alpes en septembre 2023. Ce colloque entend replacer le nettoyage au cœur de la matière administrative afin de scruter, sous un éclairage nouveau – empruntant aux lumières d’autres disciplines – les frontières de son droit, sans occulter sa part d’ombre.

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  • Vaulx-en-Velin

    Call for papers - Representation

    Chercher hors des mots. La recherche à l’épreuve du dessin en architecture

    Ce colloque centré sur les productions hors des mots des chercheurs propose d’interroger plus particulièrement les représentations visuelles dessinées en situation de recherche. En considérant les modes de fabrication des dessins, les méthodes dans lesquelles ils s’inscrivent et les outils qu’ils mobilisent, nous souhaitons ouvrir des questionnements épistémologiques sur la recherche en architecture et sur ce que l’on pourrait nommer la « recherche par le dessin ».

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  • Strasbourg

    Call for papers - Early modern

    The visionary drawing and its knowledge

    Portraits and faces

    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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  • Call for papers - Africa

    African Revolutionary Film: Archives in the Making

    Journal “Sources. Materials Fieldwork in African Studies”

    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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  • Geneva

    Conference, symposium - History

    Chutes et revers de fortune. Représentations et interprétations (XIIe-XVe siècle)

    La roue de Fortune est sans doute une des images médiévales les plus connues. Avec son incessant mouvement, elle constitue une représentation puissante de la mobilité sociale. Ce colloque voudrait aborder le phénomène de la mobilité descendante, des revers de fortune, à travers le prisme de l’histoire culturelle entre le XIIe et le XVe siècle. Il ne s’agira pas de s’interroger sur les causes (économiques, sociales, politiques etc.) amenant à la chute, mais plutôt de comprendre quelles sont les représentations et les interprétations des revers de fortune.

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  • Paris

    Conference, symposium - Science studies

    Penser les sciences humaines et sociales dans les mondes arabes

    Productions, circulations et réceptions contemporaines des savoirs

    Depuis la fin du XVIIIe siècle, si on prend en compte le voyage en Égypte et en Syrie de Volney, les sciences humaines et sociales (SHS) en Occident s’intéressent au monde arabe. On trouve différentes approches que l’on peut définir soit comme une vérification sur le terrain d’hypothèses théoriques, soit au contraire la formulation d’hypothèses théoriques à partir de l’enquête de terrain. Penser les SHS dans les mondes arabes c’est d’abord penser les transferts de compétences entre un savoir né en Occident et sa production sur le terrain. S’y ajoute la difficile question des rapports entre les régimes autoritaires et la production du savoir. L’intérêt de ce colloque est de souligner l’importance des SHS dans la construction et la connaissance des mondes arabes et les rapports complexes qu’ils entretiennent avec l’Autre, en particulier l’Occident. 

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  • Call for papers - Ethnology, anthropology

    Objects and African migrations

    Subjectivities in Exile

    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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  • Rennes

    Call for papers - America

    Fictions of terror in the Southern Cone and Brazil: recent representations

    Amerika n°26

    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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  • Paris | Créteil

    Conference, symposium - Political studies

    Class, Race and Place in the US South: American Politics Through the Lens of Michael Goldfield’s Work

    Recent events in the United States remind us to what extent the South is both a place of distinctive identities and a space sharing a common heritage. According to the political scientist Michael Goldfield, “The South is a distinctive, atypical part of the United States; it is also, however, America writ large”. These specificities are inscribed in social, cultural, political and, according to the author, above all economic structures, in a configuration that makes any definition of the “South” problematic. On the occasion of the release of Michael Goldfield’s latest book, The Southern Key (2020) we want to address these issues during an international symposium in the presence of the author.

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  • Madrid

    Call for papers - History

    Dancing to the Empire’s Limits (16th-18th centuries)

    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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  • Marseille | Aubervilliers

    Seminar - Thought

    Pannes et réparations

    Cette année on écrit !

    Après avoir joyeusement tourné autour du pot la saison précédente en discutant des pannes d’inspirations, dénis, inquiétudes, hésitations bien souvent synonymes d’incapacitation, cette année nous sommes décidées à mettre les mains dans le cambouis. À vos stylos-claviers donc, machinistes, cette année on écrit ! Résolument attachées à l’atelier comme lieu de réparation collective, nous proposons quatre séances à outiller, axées sur la matérialité de l’écriture : feuilles de brouillons de toute sorte, textes transposables à transposer, objets en tout genre à décrire, langues à traduire.

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  • Paris | Saint-Denis

    Call for papers - Early modern

    Traveling manuscripts. Maritime transport and the circulation of manuscripts

    Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, 16th-18th centuries

    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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  • Call for papers - Africa

    Reconciling art and craftsmanship

    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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