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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CASCA: Conferences, Calls for Papers, Events/Colloques, Appels à communication, Évènements

Conferences and calls for papers/Colloques et Appels à communication:

Les colloques et appels à communication suivants viennent d'être ajoutés à
notre page web:

The following conference announcements and calls for papers have just been
added to our web page:

-CFSubmissions: Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social
Justice/ Études critiques sur le genre, la culture, et la justice

-New Narratives of the Postcolonial Arctic- Organised by Arctic
Encounters – Contemporary Travel/Writing in the European High North
(ENCARC): May 2015, Roskilde University

-Feminist Legal Studies Queen's & Women For Tax Justice & Femtax
International - March 2015, Kingston

-Graduate Student Conference- Changing Asia in the Globalizing World:
Boundaries, Identity and Transnationalism - May 2015, York University
- Glendon

-Graduate Student Conference- Context and Meaning XIV: Ideology(ies) -
January 2015, Queen's University

-Meaning in Motion: Knowledge, Dialogue, and Discourse - Graduate
Interdisciplinary Conference, March 2015, Concordia University

-Security, Strategy and Defence, Graduate Strategic Studies
Conference, March 2015, University of Calgary

-8th Annual Ethnic and Pluralism Studies Graduate Research Conference,
January 2015, U of T

-SANA 2015 Conference: Call for Track Proposals (Inequality, Equality
and Difference)

-CFP: Musical instruments and Material Culture, RAI and Horniman
Museum, London, March 2015

-Call for Contributions: Women's Leadership in Risk Resilient Development

-CFP 'Religion, Gender and Body Politics' Conference, February 2015, Utrecht

See them and others on our website:

Consultez-les ou voyez toute la liste en visitant notre site web:


Landscape and Sacred Architecture in Pre-modern South Asia
Fall 2014 Colloquium
November 14, 2014
Dumbarton Oaks, Washington

Dumbarton Oaks announces the annual fall colloquium for 2014 titled
"Landscape and Sacred Architecture in Pre-modern South Asia." To be
held on Friday, November 14, the colloquium is co-organized by John
Beardsley, Director of Garden and Landscape Studies, and Subhashini
Kaligotla, doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History and
Archaeology at Columbia University and predoctoral fellow at the Getty
Research Institute. Because Dumbarton Oaks and the field of garden
and landscape studies more largely have already seen extensive
research into Islamic gardens generally and Mughal gardens in South
Asia particularly, we want to push the focus back in time. The
colloquium will focus heavily though not entirely on temples, which
form the bulk of the extant remains from the pre-modern era: Buddhist,
Hindu, and Jain, both constructed and rock-cut. Speakers will also
address other kinds of ritual sites, including monastic complexes,
rock reliefs, water monuments, and funerary structures. Whatever the
type, the architecture will be considered in connection to landscape:
its relation to topography, climate, and hydrology; to water
engineering and management; and to larger landscape contexts such as
nearby settlements, rivers, and roads. Departing from the
monument-based perspectives that have dominated architectural
histories so far, presentations will explore the spatial
configurations of sacred complexes, including the interrelationships
of component structures, as well as the distribution of the larger
built environment. Speakers will engage with the multiplicity of ways
in which sacred places have been constituted: from worship rituals
such as festivals and processions to the economic practices of food
production and irrigation; from the pragmatic transformation of remote
wilderness areas to the expression of landscape cosmology and
symbolism; from spatial concerns such as circulation, approach, and
orientation to the exigencies of transport and trade. Gardens and
landscapes are also imagined realms. We therefore expect consideration
of discursive modes as they pertain to material culture—how
inscriptions, courtly texts, or architectural treatises, for example,
gave rise to or relate to specific landscape practices. Much of the
research to be presented in the colloquium is new and unpublished and
marks both a paradigm shift within architectural history and an
important contribution to the emerging field of South Asian landscape

For more information:

Upcoming Talk: Botanically Queer: Plants, Sex, and Biopolitics

Dr. Catriona Sandilands

Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies
York University

Social Justice @ UBC Noted Scholars Lecture Series
The Intimate Public Sphere: Thinking Through the Skin

Wednesday, October 29, 12pm
2080 West Mall, Room 028,
Jack Bell Building
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, UBC

Plants have been profoundly queer players in modern projects of
describing "life" for ethical and political consideration. From their
taxonomic destabilizations of colonial order in the eighteenth century
to their questionings of agency in recent posthumanist discourses,
plants demand that we think about living, being, and becoming in ways
that interrupt anthropocentric, heteronormative figurings of agency,
futurity, and life generally.

This presentation will explore "botanical queerness" with an eye to
thinking through the complexity of humans' relations to plants beyond
habitual modes of address. Plants are not simply object of human
concern; they offer up modes of being, becoming, and living that have
been overlooked in more animal-centric accounts, and that point to a
more queer and ecological understanding of life in relation to power.

Dr. Catriona (Cate) Sandilands is Professor in the Faculty of
Environmental Studies, York University, where she teaches and writes
at the intersections of environmental humanities/ecocriticism, social
and political theory, and feminist/sexuality studies; she is also Vice
President of the Association for the Study of Literature and
Environment (ASLE). Among her many publications, she is the co-editor
of Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics, Desire (Indiana, 2010) and
has written numerous articles and essays exploring different facets of
sexual/ecological intersection; her most recent writings on
plant-human relations will be collected in the forthcoming volume
Plantasmagoria: Plants and the Politics of Urban Habitats

Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP. RSVP here:

Co-sponsored by Ecologies of Social Difference Social Justice @ UBC
Thematic Research Network, Green College Speaker Series "Oecologies:
The Histories of Sustainability", Jane Rule Endowment, Critical
Studies in Sexuality, and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality
and Social Justice.

RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM: The Many Facets of Textile Use and Production in
Mesoamerica, October 30-31, 2014, University of Calgary

Date & Time:
October 30, 2014 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
October 31, 2014 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Gallery Hall - Taylor Family Digital Library
University of Calgary, Calgary

Latin American Research Centre, Department of Anthropology, and
Archaeology Nickle Galleries

For further information contact:

See program:

Thank you/Merci

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