The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Liberal Arts (CIRLA) is hosting a conference in May of 2002. The theme chosen for this year's conference is prompted by the site in which the conference is being held -- Banff National Park -- and its association with "wilderness" and the "wild" (disappearing or otherwise). The broad theme of the invites exploration and reflection on the many usages and meanings of this concept, in historical, political, geographical, environmental, institutional, artistic, and cultural terms. This conference intends to draw together literal and metaphorical ideas about wildness into an interdisciplinary investigation.
Papers could include the following themes or starting points:
Wild Mind/Wild Bodies
Marking/Mapping the Wild: Geography, Politics, Institutions
Seeing/Representing/Displaying the Wild
Wild History, or the Wild in History
Wild Life, Wild Lives
Memories and Anticipations of Wilderness
Wild Ideas: What's Left To Explore?
Call of the Wild: Place, Territory, Terrain, Milieu
Interdisciplinarity: Academic Wild(er)ness?
Wild and Free: Liberal Education on the Edge of Respectability
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