Postmodern Space, Postcolonial Resistance, '99 -- Postmodernism -- Literary Criticism -- IACD
Call for Papers
 The Politics of Difference: Taiwan Perspectives 
The Fourth Annual Conference of the History and Culture of Taiwan 

                Place: University of Washington, Seattle 
                Date: August 19-22, 1999 

                Organized by 
                     Research Group for Taiwanese History and 
                     Culture (RGTHC) 
                     Department of Anthropology, University of 
                     China Studies Program, University of Washington 
                Sponsored by 
                     Wu San Lien Foundation for Taiwan Historical 

                During the past decade in Taiwan, we have witnessed 
                a remarkable proliferation of social and cultural 
                groups involved in public sphere. Those 
                newly-arisen voices from the previously silenced 
                groups not only enrich our understanding of 
                Taiwan's complexity, but also demand that we 
                reconsider the previous paradigm of national 
                politico-cultural landscapes. We encourage proposal 
                s of organized panels or individual papers that 
                address the following issues: 

                  1.Aboriginal movements 
                  2.Histories from the bottom, histories of 
                     resistance and popular histories 
                  3.Feminism and gender issues 
                  4.Queer studies 
                  5.Regionalism and community movements 
                  6.Urban landscapes and the production of  
                  7.Memory, narratives, history making and identity 
                  8.The politics of ethnicity 
                  9.Pedagogy and curriculum 

                The deadline for proposal submission is APRIL 15, 

                Please submit a one-page abstract with a brief 
                cover letter identifying your contact information, 
                academic affiliation and research interests to the 
                following address: 

                Hsin-yi Lu 
                Department of Anthropology 
                BOX 353100 
                Unviersity of Washington 
                Seattle, WA 98195-3100 

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City as Text: 
Urban Topographies and Critical Interventions
8-10 September 1999, 
Department of English Language and Literature
National University of Singapore

In the third of the Department's biennial series of conferences on "Meaning as Production", the phenomena characterizing our lived urban experiences will be explored from the perspectives of literature, architecture, geography, sociology and linguistic and cultural studies. By recognizing the city as text, we hope to foster critical interventions that will be at once spatio-temporal and figurative: a double topography, alert to the complex dialectic of the urban and the textual. 

Accordingly, relevant topics for the conference include: 

  • Neighbourhoods, Ghettos, Enclaves and Slums
  • Undergrounds and the Unconscious of the City
  • Pathways and Passages
  • Consumption and Space
  • Subcultures
  • Urban Literature
  • Graffiti: Patterns and Languages
  • Urban Communications: Language and Media
  • Travel, Tourism and Text
  • Surveillance and Power
  • The "Virtual" City
  • Wandering: the "Meander Tale"
  • Organism, Tradition, Change
  • Noise
  • Urbanism, Theatricality and Performances
Panels are currently envisaged on the following topics, and suggestions for others are welcome: 
  • Walter Benjamin and the City
  • Joyce and Urban Literature
  • Narrativizing/Representing the City: Theories and Topics
Submission / Information: 

If you wish to present a paper, join a panel, or simply know more about the conference, kindly direct your enquiries to: 

Dr. Robbie Goh, 
Department of English Language and Literature, 
National University of Singapore, 
10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260. 
Tel: (65) 8746033 - Fax: (65) 7732981 

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CALL FOR PAPERS for Brock University's annual Two Days of Canada Conference 

                a multidisciplinary event to be held 3-4 November 

                Taking the plural construction "localities" as a 
                multidisciplinary and invitingly open-ended point 
                of departure, critics and scholars from a broad 
                range of intellectual and disciplinary backgrounds 
                are invited to explore the various literal, 
                practical, and theoretical implications of "the 
                local" within Canada.  As this century nears its 
                end, questions of the potential/limitations of 
                localities continue to fascinate and frustrate the 
                Canadian imagination.  At times deployed with an 
                almost benign innocence, the local more often 
                appears within Canadian culture as a densely coded 
                construction that illuminates the tensions 
                (regionalism), anxieties (dis-location), and 
                aspirations (renewal) that circulate never far 
                below the surface of Canadian society. 

                        Aspects or angles of enquiry that might be 
                explored include, but are by no means limited to: 

                * the ongoing debate over the perceived limits of 
                the local, as distinct from the universal, in the 
                imaginative arts (literary, dramatic, visual, 
                * consideration of the historical, theoretical, or 
                implications of "folk" as it applies to the 
                development of regional/national culture or 
                artistic movements 
                * the methodologies, practicalities, or anxieties 
                of exploring 
                local histories or historical geographies 
                * explorations of environmental or ecological 
                issues in terms of their local complexities and 
                * questions/reassessments generated by the 
                persistent dispersion of federal governmental 
                powers/responsibilities to local governments 
                * labour history and the local implications in the 
                study of work 
                * the business (and beyond) of local theatre, 
                publishing ventures, independent recording, or film 

                        Offers of individual or group 
                papers/presentations on these or any other aspect 
                of "localities" are invited by 1 July 1999, with 
                two (2) copies of your 300-500 word proposal for a 
                20-minute paper, an abstract (250 words maximum), 
                and a brief bio-bibliographical sketch to be 
                submitted to: 

 Professors Klay Dyer and Marilyn Rose 
 Department of English Language and  Literature 
                                St. Catharines, Ontario 
                                Canada   L2S 3A1 

                                Electronic mail: 
                                Facsimile:  (905) 934-3301 

                * Hard copy, electronic (within body of e-mail, 
                please), or facsimile submissions are welcome.  Any 
                requests for audiovisual equipment should be  noted 
                in the proposal package. 

                This Call, plus information updates as the 
                programme progresses, will be posted on the 
                Conference web page, linked through Canadian 
                Studies at: 

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地方意識:從詩學到政治(Sense of Place: from Poetics to Politics)
 英語文學中的地方意識(Sense of Place in the Literatures of English)
全球論與本土論(Glocalism: Globalism and Localism)
地方意識與國族論述(Sense of Place and the Nation)
地方意識與生態、(後)殖民等(Sense of Place and Ecology, Post/Colonialism, etc.)
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間別千年:臨界空間與社會 國際學術研討會 (English)
Spacing Chiliad: A Symposium on Critical Space and Society
The Year 2000, will it really take place?



日期:19991211, 12日  












(十)學習欣賞醜陋單調的台灣都市地景:Learning from Learning from Las Vegas



  1. 會議語文為中文,歡迎能以中文發表之國際學者參與。
  2. 歡迎博士論文研究已屆成熟之年輕學者參與發表。
  3. 在論文發表的會程之外,我們將安排若干圓桌討論,若您有意組織一個討論主題,請提供主題與構想簡述。
  4. 論文大綱(500字以內,註明所屬單位、電話與通信地址)請於430日前寄台中市東海大學社會學系「臨界空間與社會」籌委會收,或 Fax: 04-359-3780; Tel: 04-359-0121x2975 
主辦單位:東海大學社會學系 協辦單位:東海大學建築系、哲學系  

Call for papers
Spacing Chiliad: An International Symposium on
Critical Space and Society

Over 2350 years away from Plato’s Timaeus, 312 years away from Newton’s Principia, we are perhaps at a moment of the dispersed. We are challenged to rethink the space socially, from the ideal to the sensual, from heavenly body to everyday life, from the physical to the virtual, from the geometric to the fractal. The year 2000, should it really take place, perhaps our task would be to render topography of the event. We invite you to the symposium at the end of the millenium, to delineate the subtle relations and process between space, social life and cultural identities. 

Rendezvous: 11-12 December, 1999  

Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan Themes:  
  1. space and society: traces in the history of philosophy
  2. global capital reshaping local space and identity
  3. monumental space, architecture of memory and forgetting
  4. spatial politics in the traditional China and Taiwan 
  5. segregation and conflict in space: barricades, walls, inside/outside, surveillance, trespass, homeless 
  6. gender of space, queer space/performance, politics of coming out, rethinking the public/private split 
  7. diaspora: crossing boundaries, the formation of the diasporic subject
  8. urban semiotics: space as representation, space as metaphor
  9. culture of cyberspace: digital city, virtual community, manners, risk and surveillance
  10. learning from Learning from Las Vegas, or how to appreciate the ugly and monotonous urban landscapes of Taiwan 
  11. A space preserved for your excellent creativity!


  1. The conference language would be Chinese. We would like to welcome international scholars who could present papers in Chinese to the conference. 
  2. We welcome presentations adapted from the fully developed dissertation research.
  3. In addition to the session presentations, there will be several round tables for short prepared papers and informal discussion. If you wish to propose a round table on a particular theme, please submit a brief description. 
  4. Please submit abstracts (with affiliation and address) by 30 April, to the Spacing Chiliad: Critical Space and Society conference secretariat Hsiu-chin Lee
P.O.Box 938, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan, 40704 

Fax: 04-359-3780 Email: 

Subsequent information will be post on 

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We are interested in thinking about those movements/moments of 
'outside belonging' (Probyn) that presumably co-exist with the 
segmentary spaces that divide modern or colonial society - 
its formalized institutions, the hierarchy of specialists, 
domains of super-vision and spheres of 
observation/testing/competence that work to capture, control, 
or manage the flux of everyday life along with the supposed 
structure of inter-dependent individualities or the state of 
generalized dependency that exist only for the organically 
minded. We are thinking about assemblages, those diffuse, 
unstable multiplicities and heterogeneous ensembles (neither 
multiple/divisible, nor one/indivisible) that live on the 
margins of the framework, in the openings between the offices, 
the structures and binary divisions of modernity, and 
constitute the connective micro-tissues between organized 
sites. Here, we may think about those encounters with 
'strangers,' those non-hierarchical, unauthorized (or even 
anti-authoritarian) moments of sociable contact, those fluid, 
irregular and unstable mixtures, 'forms of togetherness' 
(Bauman) or forms of sociation (Simmel), that may hinge on 
sentimentality but are nevertheless defined by their 
particular style. Our primary concern is the consistency of 
these qualitative mixtures. How are these marginal, 
deterritorialized encounters or 'nomadic' life-styles 
(Braidotti) formed and held together? Are they formed on the 
basis of a resistance to landscape, architecture, to authority 
or organization, that is, to all those bounded and binding 
structures? Is their primary aim to resist organization, to 
ward off hierarchy, identity, or settled ways? Is there a 
micro-politics at work in the assemblage? Do they have an 
economy (as in Lyotard's libidinal economy) that resides 
outside the sphere of commodification, comprising 
non-formalized exchanges (of bodies, gift-giving, 
story-telling) and following other circuits? What of their 
sites? Do these rhizomatic meetings (or mis-meetings?) have 
some form of totem or logo, that is, something akin to a 
collective representation or sacred site around which they 
co-mingle, a water-cooler equivalent perhaps, or something 
less permanent, fixed, or identifiable? Is the carnivalization 
of the festival (like those unruly bodies that disorganize the 
soccer match) a characteristic of assemblage? Do they follow 
signs and codes (laws), collect them, or produce them 
(semiosis vs. semiotics)? Can assemblages join or mix with 
other assemblages (forming inter-assemblages, underground 
networks, 'interlocking economies' [Grosz])? Is there a 
possibility of a macro-politics? In short, we want to know how 
to constitute, for ourselves, one of these assemblages, and 
what would be the social and political risks of doing so. 

                  Deadline for Submission: August 1, 1999 

                  Suzan Ilcan, Guest Editor 
                  Department of Sociology and Anthropology 
                  University of Windsor 

                  Daniel O'Connor, Guest Editor 

Articles submitted to Space and Culture are refereed and 
considered for publication on the understanding that they are 
not under consideration elsewhere. Manuscripts should be 
submitted in triplicate with a short abstract (100 - 150 
words) and 7 keywords to the address below. An additional 
diskette version would be greatly appreciated. All submissions 
should be double spaced and in Harvard Style format. A 
submission style guide can be retreived in Rich Text Format 
and MS Word for Windows v.6. 

Submissions need not be limited to the particular theme of 
each issue. All manuscripts that meet with Space and Culture's 
mandate will be considered for publication. 

Couriers do not deliver to post office boxes. If you do need 
to send your submission by courier, contact Space and Culture 
in advance to arrange an alternate delivery point. 

                  Space and Culture 
                  Box 797, Station B 
                  Ottawa, Ontario 
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