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>From: "Lorna Ashton-Scott" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: Sacred, Liminal and Secular Space(s) (UK) (2/2/07; 4/21/07)
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>CALL FOR PAPERS (Including performances, designs, exhibitions,
>installations)
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>Sacred, Liminal and Secular Space(s).
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>Faculty of Creativity and Culture
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>School of Arts and Media, Annual One Day Interdisciplinary Conference.
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>Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, April 21st 2007.
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>How have scholars and practitioners interpreted and appropriated space
>within their work and research?
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>This conference aims to explore how meanings have proliferated in the
>experience and in the production of space, and invites contributions from
>scholars and practitioners of literature, culture, media and film,
>performing arts, fine arts and design, as well as history and criticism, and
>digital technologies.
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>Sacred Space(s)
>Space has traditionally been the focal point for the fiercely contested
>category of the sacred. The sacred itself however is, as Levi-Strauss
>pointed out, a value of indeterminate signification, in itself empty of
>meaning and therefore susceptible to the reception of any meaning
>whatsoever.
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>How are we to interpret the traditional notion of sacred (and by implication
>profane) space in the context of a predominantly secular culture?  What is
>significant about contemporary claims for space as sacred?=20
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>Secular Space
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>Unlike the profane, which may be regarded as anti-sacred, the secular can be
>aligned with the notion of non-sacredness. Rather than being incorporated in
>a binary relation to the sacred, how do notions of the secular exist in
>their own right and how have these been explored by academics and
>practitioners? How have secular spaces been produced?=20
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>How might designers, practitioners and academics use, represent and
>interpret areas which may be classified as secular spaces such as empty and
>full space(s), open and closed, public and private, intimate and expansive,
>negative and positive, narrative space and production space?=20
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>=20
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>Liminal Space(s)
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>Victor Turner notes: =91Prophets and artists tend to be liminal and marginal
>people, =93edgemen,=94 who strive with a passionate sincerity to rid themse=
>lves
>of the clich=E9s associated with status incumbency and role-playing and to
>enter into vital relations with
>other[s] in fact or imagination.=92=20
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>=20
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>How can this notion be applied to liminal spaces as =91potentially [places]=
>  of
>scrutinization of the central values or axioms of the culture in which
>[they] occur, and unused evolutionary potential in mankind which has not yet
>been externalized or fixed in structure?=92 (Turner) What are the processes=
>  of
>identification, transformation and re-appropriation which take place or
>exist in liminal spaces?
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>=20
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>We invite contributions which address questions such as (but not
>exclusively) the following:
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>=20
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>*         Sacred Space and the relationship between the sacred and the
>profane
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>*         Secular Spaces
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>*         Liminality
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>*         Designing the sacred
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>*         Objects in space
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>*         Literary, Cinematic, Photographic and Performative imaginings and
>interpretations of sacred spaces
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>*         Media technologies and the reinterpretation of space
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>*         Space and identity
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>*         Space in relation to ritual
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>*         The reinterpretation and re-establishment of sacred spaces in
>contemporary environmentalism
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>=20
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>Contributions may take the form of academic papers, performances,
>exhibitions, installations etc.
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>=20
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>Proposals and abstracts of approx. 250 words should be sent to Lorna
>Ashton-Scott (conference manager) on  <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
>[log in to unmask] by Friday 2nd February 2007.=20
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>=20
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>Other enquiries to academic staff / conference organisers:
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>Donna Savery [log in to unmask] and Pedro DeSenna
>[log in to unmask] on 01494 522141 ext 3261
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>Nicholas Foxton [log in to unmask] 01494 605079
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>Greer Crawley [log in to unmask]  01494 522141 ext 5088
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