CfP: Cultures of Occupation: Establishing a Transnational Dialogue, Nottingham, UK, January 2018

The aim of this three-day conference (January 12-14, 2018), organised through the ERC-funded ‘Cultures of Occupation in Twentieth Century Asia’ (COTCA) project, is to bring scholars from a range of disciplines, backgrounds, and countries together to explore the fundamental question which drives the COTCA project itself: how does ‘foreign occupation’ (broadly defined) shape cultural expression? Although the focus of COTCA is Asia, we welcome submissions from scholars working on occupation in other parts of the world, such as the Middle East, Europe, the Pacific, the Americas, etc. The organisers are particularly interested in comparative or theoretical papers which will help speak to a wider audience beyond specific cases of ‘occupation’.

Possible themes for papers might include (but are not limited to):
1. The development of visual and/or auditory cultures under foreign occupation
2. Comparative studies of cultural expression or cultural production under occupation
3. Artistic, musical, literary, or architectural responses to — or everyday forms of cultural expression under — occupation
4. Challenging the ‘collaboration’/’resistance’ dichotomy when examining culture under occupation
5. The gendering of cultural expression and cultural production under occupation
6. Cultural expression and historical memory of wartime or other forms of occupation.

Proposals for individual 20-minute papers, or for panels of three papers (no discussants required), are welcome from scholars at all stages of their careers (including early career researchers and doctoral students). Abstracts of 300 words, along with a short biographical note of no more than 100 words (indicating institutional affiliation, position and contact details), should be sent to by the deadline of 4pm (GMT) on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Presenters selected for the conference will be eligible for reimbursement of economy class travel costs, and will be provided with 3 nights of hotel accommodation in Nottingham.

Further information here.

Download CfP: cotca-2018-conference-call-for-papers-002

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