An “ecotone” is a transitional area between two or more distinct ecological communities, for instance the zone between field and forest, mountain and ocean, or imaginatively, the space between North and South. An “ecotone” may also indicate a place where two communities meet, at times creolizing, or germinating into a new community.
For this inaugural conference, we would like to engage in theorizing the concepts from a multitude of disciplines and defining the terms of engagement through case studies, investigating particular events and/or places in their relation to locales and communities. To what extent can we interpret aesthetic, philosophical, scientific, political pathways using the metaphor of ecotones?
New Ecotones seeks to highlight social, cultural, scientific, and aesthetic practices and explorations. What happens in the liminal spaces where people(s) cross and meet? New Ecotones will encourage investigation of the contested zones, regions, cultures, and histories. The aim is to understand how everyday practices, languages, customs, beliefs, rituals, and ideas evolve, maintain, or transform when two communities merge, or confront each other.
We invite submissions of proposals for twenty-minute presentations, and we embrace creative interventions suggesting fresh topics in new media multimodalities. We will endeavor to create a discursive platform for cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approaches. New ways to imagine ecotones are particularly welcomed.
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Ecotones Program Coordinators:
Dr Thomas Lacroix (MIGRINTER, CNRS-UMR – Poitiers, France)
Dr Judith Misrahi-Barak (EMMA, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier, France)
Dr Maggi Morehouse (Coastal Carolina University, SC, USA)
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