Call for papers
Panel on Thinking About Roads, Movement, and Environment
11th EASA Biennial Conference: Maynooth, Ireland
24-27th August 2010
The aim of this panel is to bring together scholars who are dealing with various aspects related to roads and traveling, working and living along roads. We are particularly interested in papers that explore how roads affect the movement, perception and understanding of the environment that investigate the relationships between roads and other concepts such as narrative, knowledge, time and memory.
Roads connect, join and facilitate communication and movement. Yet they are more than just features in the landscape or connections between two locations. For instance, they can be seen as extension of power and means of progress. People who engage with roads invest them with meanings and particular symbolics, which frequently relate to nation-building and development, or to automobility with its simultaneously attractive and destructive potentials. Moreover, roads also constitute sites for everyday practices, skills, maneuvers and encounters between people who drive and travel on them, or who live and work along them.
The panel will focus on these phenomena surrounding roads and travelling, working and living along them. It aims to bring together different interpretations of the road phenomenon and to explore anthropological conceptualization of roads through emphasizing the dynamics of the engagements with the environment.
Tanya Argounova-Low (University of Aberdeen) firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabriel Klaeger (SOAS) email@example.com
To submit an abstract (150 words) visit the EASA web-site http://www.easaonline.org/conferences/easa2010/callforpapers.htm
Call for papers closes on 1 March 2010.
Department of Anthropology
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen AB24 3QY, UK
tel: 44 1224 273591
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