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Places, people, stories 2011 International Conference, Kalmar, S, 28.-30.09.2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Places, people, stories 2011 ...

an interdisciplinary & international conference.

Linnaeus University, Kalmar 28-30 September 2011

This conference investigates the relations between people and places, focusing on the role of stories in constructing meaning and affecting human emotions. Both rural and urban landscapes contain numerous locations that become meaningful places through their association with stories. These stories may be told orally by narrators or by material design; they may be permanent or temporary. The stories may be linked, for example, to the vegetation, the geology, the wild life, the cultural heritage, the mundane built environment, or metaphysical creatures. Whether such stories are historically accurate, purposefully invented or created entirely in residents’ or visitors’ minds is however less important than their potential to touch human beings.

Main aims of the conference
  1. to explore the relations between people, places, and stories in the context of notable trends in the Experience Society such as the role of affect, emotion, and sensual stimulation.
  2. to investigate how the visual and performative arts can complement academic research by generating both new questions and new kinds of responses to topics at the interface between places, people and stories.

Although the conference is open for all contributions that fall within the realm of our topic, we wish to investigate the following questions in particular:
  • What are the roles of stories in understanding place in our society? To what extent are these stories place-specific or audience-specific rather than generic? Are there places without stories?
  • What are the aims and purposes of different kinds of stories about place? Which places and stories exert power over people? Which empower people? How are intersecting values and stakeholder interests contested in stories about place?
  • What are the relationships between material and immaterial contexts of stories about places? How do both dimensions affect embodied human beings emotionally and intellectually?
  • What is the significance of the tensions between enduring and ephemeral phenomena in stories about places? How do changes over time affect places, stories, and the human audiences appreciating them?
  • Which stories are being told by the way a place is delimited from its surroundings? How significant is an opportunity to enter a place, whether in VR or RW?

This conference is part of a series of meetings of the Scandinavian interdisciplinary research network on Geography and Emotion and organized by the interdisciplinary research network “Places as stories” at Linnaeus University. The conference is supported by the Swedish National Heritage Board (Riksantikvarieämbetet), Riksbanken Jubileumsfond and Linnaeus University.We welcome researchers from a wide range of disciplines including anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art, business studies, design, heritage studies, history, human geography, literature, media studies, pedagogy, religious studies, tourism studies. We also welcome professionals working in the education, landscape and heritage sectors.

Places, people, stories will take place at the conference centre Brofästet close to the Baltic Sea, just outside the centre of Kalmar. International flight connections exist via Stockholm Arlanda to Kalmar Airport. There are also daily flights from Stockholm Bromma. You can also travel via Copenhagen Airport and then by train to Kalmar via Alvesta (ca 3-4 hrs).

Conference Organizing Committee:
Cornelius Holtorf (archaeology/heritage studies)
Elisabeth Brandin (human geography)
Eva Cronquist (art history/visual culture)
Per Pettersson Löfquist (sociology/tourism)
Linda Hansson (conference administrator)

Call for Papers:!CFP%20People%20Places%20Stories.pdf
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