Call: Space and Place – 7th Global Meeting

Call for Presentations

Space and Place
7th Global Meeting
Institution: Inter-Disciplinary.Net – Mansfield College, University of Oxford
Location: Oxford (United Kingdom)
Date: September 1-3, 2016
Deadline: April 1,.2016

Now in its seventh year, Space and Place: Exploring Critical Issues is an established annual interdisciplinary conference project that encourages critical and collegial dialogue. Recognising that different disciplines and practices express themselves through different modes, media and formats we strongly encourage the submission of proposals from creative practitioners – artists, architects, writers, photographers, painters, film-makers, performers, urban planners – as well as people from related professions, industries and activities and alternative forms of performance. Critical accounts and descriptions of problem-solving activities from ongoing projects that function to alter the nature space and place as well as from projects that are in development are also most welcome. We also strongly encourage traditional papers, panels and workshop proposals.

We seek to create a dialogue amongst individuals and groups who are concerned about the complex nature of space and place. Performances, presentations, reports, works-in-progress, papers and workshops are invited on issues related to any of the following themes:

1. Theorising space and place:

How do space and place exist? What aspects of human, and non-human behaviour act upon and constitute space and place? From Deleuze to Latour to Hayles; from theories of becoming to Actor-Network Theory to New Materialism, space and place have become increasingly important dimensions to social and political thought.

2. The situation and location of identities in space and place:

How is our sense of self and our relationship to others constituted through our existence in space and place? How do space and place interpellate the subject? How do human endeavours affect the constitution of space and place and in so doing affect the nature of our sense of self? How have the gradual decline of the nation-state and the ascendance of the network state (Castells) affected the relationship between the national identities of subjects and the state within which they were born?

3. The space and place of the networked home:

The concept and structure of the home has, and continues, to occupy a privileged position in human existence. How do the Internet, new media and the build out of connected devices, appliances and other technologies increasingly found in the home change the nature of the home as a space and our place within it.

4. The creation and contestation of existing spaces and places:

How have existing spaces and places been created in the past, and how are they lived in at present. Can we say that our existence in a given space or place is ever and always without some form of contestation? If not, then how is our living in an existing space or place contested in the present? What does this mean for our existence as individuals, groups and communities in terms of the spaces and places that we inhabit? How is the distinction between the public and private ownership of space affected by this ongoing contestation?

5. The repurposing of existing spaces and places:

What are the processes- local, national, global – that lead to the repurposing of existing spaces and places? How do these processes, and the restructuring that they lead to, affect the existence of individuals and groups who have made use of these spaces and places prior to their repurposing? What do they foretell for future acts of repurposing? What is the relationship between the repurposing of spaces and places and their reclamation?

6. Representations of space and place in the media, film, literature, TV, theatre, the fine arts and performance:

Space and place have long been privileged, if unspoken subjects for the fine arts, literature and film. We seek presentations by artists, authors, photographers and filmmakers who wish to share their completed or on-going visions of space and place. We also welcome critical readings of these modes of expression and depiction of both space and place.

7. The spaces and places of social media:

How do social media exist as social space and places of congregation? Are these spaces and places disrupting the fabric of our offline existence, or do they merely supplement it? How do these new places and spaces of sociability affect our sense of self and our relationship to others?

8. The nature and production of virtual space:

William Gibson coined the term cyberspace in 1984, and described it as a “consensual hallucination.” Can we not, however, think of cyberspace literally, as a space or place? If so, then how, and how does this new spatial construct affect the lives of those who have come to inhabit cyberspace?

9. Mobile communication technologies and new urban spaces and places:

Have the mobile phone and the tablet compressed space, or have they extended our presence amongst others across space? Do the mobile phone and the tablet enable us to inhabit new places? If so, then how are these places constituted, and how are they inhabited?

10. Knowledge clusters, new industries and the globally networked city:

What are the processes through which this is occurring in the early 21st century? How are space and place rearticulated through these processes? What are the strategies and tactics that are being deployed to resist the dislocation that accompanies the build out of these industrial networks?

11. Networks of mobility and their relationship to movement, space and place:

The twentieth and early twenty-first centuries have often been characterised by the by the increasing movement and mobility of people, objects, information, cultural meanings and financial instruments through increasingly complex and extensive networks of mobility – both physical and digital. How do these networks change the nature of space and place in the early 21st century? What types of spaces and places exist within these networks? Are we fated to solely inhabit spaces within these networks? Do localised places exist as counterpoints to these networks, or will networks of mobility eventually envelope all forms of the local? How does our sense of self and our relationship to others change as a result of our increased mobility and movement through these networks and across space?

12. The spaces and places of global tourism:

Tourism not only participates as a key industry in the networks of mobility, but in so doing radically reconfigures the existing spaces and places of the destinations that people go to – politically, economically and industrially to name but three dimensions of these effects. How does global tourism recreate the spaces and places of the destinations that it profits from?

13. Practice based proposals, research and reports on space and place:

As noted, above, critical accounts and descriptions of problem-solving activities from ongoing projects that function to alter the landscape of space and place – urban renewal, housing development, the development of new forms of mobility, to name just three – as well as from projects that are in development, are also most welcome.

Please note: These criteria are by no means definitive. Presentations on any other topic related to the general theme are welcome and will most certainly be considered.

Supporting the conference’s interdisciplinary character, the organizers propose to establish a dialogue between the parallel meetings running during this event. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences.

Call for Cross-Over Presentations:

The Space and Place project will be meeting at the same time as a project on Food and another project on Videogames. We welcome submissions which cross the divide between both project areas. If you would like to be considered for a cross project session, please mark your submission “Crossover Submission”.

What to Send:

300 word abstracts, proposals and other forms of contribution should be submitted by Friday 1st April 2016. All submissions be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.

You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 15th April 2016.
If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 27th May 2016.

Abstracts may be in Word, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Space and Place Abstract Submission

Organising Chairs:

Harris Breslow:
Rob Fisher:

This event is an inclusive interdisciplinary research and publishing project. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.

A number of eBooks and paperback books have been published or are in press as a result of the work of this project. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.


Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation. Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.


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