Appel à contributions pour un colloque à Umeå sur « Nord et Sud » du 10 au 12 mai 2012

0[mauve fonce]North and South Geographical and Cultural Perspectives on European Modernity[/mauve fonce]

International Symposium, Umeå University, Sweden May 10-12, 2012
L’Institut français de Suède est partenaire de cette manifestation.

The ever-changing images of Europe’s Northern and Southern peripheries have long figured as integrated parts of the self-perception and identification among their inhabitants. The Enlightenment indicated a way of perceiving the relationship between these peripheries, where, in geographical terms, modernity came to be associated with the North whereas the South was rather associated with its ancient past. These ideas are still circulated in popular understandings of differences between Northern and Southern Europe, and were central to the ways in which Europeans related to each other during the late modern period. The aim of the symposium is to gather researchers around the concept of modernity as created on the threshold between the European North and South. The idea is to discuss the concept of modernity as centred on the North, but also to consider the idea of the South as European modernity’s Other, as well as images and notions that undermine that dichotomy. Proposals are welcome from across disciplines within the Humanities and the Social Sciences. The symposium is held in English.

Possible areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Journalism and media
  • Processes of integration in the EU
  • Migration
  • Ethnicity, folklore and nationalities
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Literature, film and travel writing
  • Travel and tourism
  • Art and music
  • Religion and ecumenism
  • European economy and demography
  • Late modern European history

Send proposals of no more than 300 words before October 28, 2011 to:

For more information:

Updated 30/09/2011

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