Fifth European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 2013), 26-28 June 2013, Lisbon
We have proposed a panel which you may look at for possible submission:
Body, culture and social tensions (Panel: 029)
The centrality of the body within the individual-society relationship is particularly evident in situations of social interaction. Very often, the social presentation of the body in these situations is a sign, cause or consequence of social tensions. These tensions are observed, for example, in situations in which a man or a woman does not fit in with the body image according to social expectations of gender; in the black body that sticks out in a white environment, or vice versa; in bodies that understand the modern look as a form of empowerment in social fields which are still attached to tradition; in those sick or "deviant" bodies which are hidden because of the inherent tensions that are associated with their mere display in a public space, etc.
If we understand by "tension" the dynamic play that occurs between elements that are in conflict due to the discrepancy of norms and values in a given situation, it is not difficult to put "tension" in relation with the social presentation of the body. In situations of social interaction, when the body as taken as a focal point, there are many and very diverse moments of tension generated by social narratives related to ethnicity, gender, social class, the tradition/modernity dichotomy, etc. This panel is thus intended for those papers that, clearly centered on the body, address aspects of social tensions in the framework of African societies in a descriptive or theoretical manner.
Josep Marti (IMF-CSIC) firstname.lastname@example.org
Alba Valenciano (IMF-CSIC) email@example.com
Deadline: 16 January 2013
Please submit directly via the online system of ECAS:
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