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Call for Papers

Theme: Encounters
Subtitle: The Coincidence of Space, Time, and Subjectivity
Type: Interdisciplinary Conference
Institution: St John's College, University of Cambridge
Location: Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Date: 16.–18.9.2019
Deadline: 30.4.2019

Paper proposals are invited for an interdisciplinary conference on
‘Encounters: the coincidence of space, time, and subjectivity’. This
conference will bring into dialogue a range of disciplines to explore
ways in which space and time interact, how they are socially formed
or experienced, how they are culturally represented, and what this
may say about subjectivity and perceptions of identity. 

The conference offers an exciting opportunity for encounters between
geographers, historians, philosophers, anthropologists, and literary
and cultural critics, among others, to discuss questions relating to
mobility, migration, globalisation, identity perception and
performance, and the transmission of experience in culture and
memory, both collectively and individually. 

All human experience is situated in time and space but considering
what this actually means for each of us subjectively is a far harder
task and one that has occupied thinkers for millennia. It is possible
to talk of clock time and of physical spaces, both of which give us a
sense of measurability. But how does it actually feel to locate
ourselves in a spatial and temporal world? How do spaces change over
time (or indeed sense of time over space)? How can one space or one
time have such different meanings for different people? What does
this say about identity and subjectivity? How are subjective meanings
constructed in word and image? How are time and space conceptualised
from different disciplinary perspectives? And in what ways may
differing theoretical approaches be fruitfully brought into dialogue?

Possible topics might include but are not limited to discussions of
the following from any disciplinary perspective:

- Transport and mobility
- Social media
- Border crossings
- Migration
- Encounters between word and image
- Departures and arrivals
- Public and private spaces
- Past and present
- Good times, bad times
- History and memory
- Gender identity

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

- Prof Mark Currie (Contemporary Literature, Queen Mary University of
- Prof Anne Fuchs (German Literature and Culture, University College
- Prof Stephen Kern (Humanities Distinguished Professor, Ohio State)
- Prof Gillian Rose (Geography, Oxford)

Please send abstracts of 150-200 words and biographies of up to 100
words to Erica Wickerson by 30th April:


Dr Erica Wickerson, Research Fellow 
St John’s College
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, CB2 1TP
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1223 332091