Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Söder
Resident Director
Junior Year in Munich an der
Richard-Wagner-Str. 27
80333 München
Tel. 089- 52 35 08 33
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Call for Papers/Submissions for Publication

The research group on:

will meet at the 11th Intl. Conference of "The 
Internationals Society for the Study of European 
Ideas" at the University of Helsinki, 28th of 
July - 2nd August, 2008

Since the 1980s the contours of postcolonial 
theory have been largely defined. However, its 
choice of language and imagery has not yet been 
stringently tested. The French-inspired 
anthropological and ethnographic metaphors of the 
1980s and 1990s, the images of retrieval and 
recovery such as genealogy, archaeology, and the 
subaltern have been superseded by spatial 
metaphors. This spatialization of postmodern 
discourse is not new, however the proliferation 
of these expansionary figures of speech is 
unprecedented. The idea of globalization, 
globalism and "the goal" are undoubtedly 
responsible for the recent "reassertion of space" 
(Edward W. Soja), however, this "production of 
space" (Henri Lefebvre) has had unforeseen 
consequences. Not only is it leading to a 
re-evaluation of "European Ideas," but it may 
also be responsible for the perception that "the 
West" is splitting up (Habermas). This panel aims 
at fostering an international dialogue about the 
"spatial turn" as it evaluates its usefulness as 
a representational category for culture. This 
panel is held in cooperation with the European 
Network for the Study of Globalization 
(Internationale Forschungsgruppe für theoretische 
Globalisierungsforschung). Suitable contributions 
will be included in a separate publication.

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