[URBANTH-L]CFP: Edward Said's Legacy (Ottawa)

Angela Jancius jancius at ohio.edu
Mon May 19 13:36:31 EDT 2008

Edward Said's Legacy

October 31- November 2, 2008
University of Ottawa
Carleton University

Call for papers
(Deadline: July 15, 2008)

This bilingual English/French colloquium celebrates the works of one of the 
world's most compelling intellectuals, the Palestinian-American thinker 
Edward Said (November 1st 1935- September 23rd 2003), author of Orientalism, 
Culture and Imperialism, and Out of Place among other famous books. The 
colloquium revolves around the theme of "Counterpoint," extensively used by 
Said as the interplay of diverse ideas and various "discrepant" cultural 

As Said writes in Culture and Imperialism: "As we look back at the cultural 
archive, we begin to reread it not univocally but contrapuntally, with a 
simultaneous awareness both of the metropolitan history that is narrated and 
of those other histories against which (and together with which) the 
dominating discourse acts."

Following Said's legacy this colloquium envisions a polyphonic, 
interdisciplinary engagement from fields as broad as comparative literature, 
sociology, anthropology, history, postcolonial studies, Diaspora studies, 
musicology, and political science with a special focus on Middle Eastern 

The organizers seek papers/ panel proposals drawing from or expanding on the 
following themes:

. Colonialism and Imperialism: A Middle Eastern Context
. Transnationalism and Reflections on Exile
. Overlapping Territories and Imaginative Geographies
. Language, History and the Production of Knowledge
. The Arab World: States, Territories and Refugees.
. Gender, Class and Orientalism
. Criticism and French Philosophy
. Otherness in the Arts
. Representations of the Secular
. Power, Politics and Truth

Please send a 200 word abstract of paper/panel proposals to 
counterpoints.conference at gmail.com

Deadline for paper/panel submission: July 15th, 2008

For more information please contact: may.telmissany at uottawa.ca or 
nahla_abdo at carleton.ca

Organizing committee:

Dr. May Telmissany. Assistant Professor, Arabic Studies
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Ottawa Dr. 
Nahla Abdo. Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton 
Stephanie Tara Schwartz
Department of Religious Studies, University of Ottawa
Darryl Leroux
Department of Sociology, Carleton University
Erica See
Department of Law, University of Ottawa

Please send a 200 word abstract of paper/panel proposals to 
counterpoints.conference at gmail.com
Email: counterpoints.conference at gmail.com 

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