Dynamiques insulaires : programme des colloques 2014-2015

Island Dynamics News: January 2014 – Calls for Papers
1. ‘Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos’, 21-25 October 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark
2. ‘Vernacular Religion, Folk Belief, and Traditions of the Supernatural’, 23-28 March 2015, Macau, China
3. ‘The Supernatural in Literature and Film’, 26-28 March 2015, Macau, China
4. Two conferences in Svalbard in 2015 – more information coming soon.

Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos
21-25 October, 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark
This conference will consider cities located on islands, past and present — both cities based on small islands or archipelagos (New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Venice, Amsterdam, etc.) and major population centres of larger islands or archipelagos (Reykjavik, Taipei, Palermo, Havana, Honolulu, etc.). The conference will explore how island status influences urban development, common attributes of island cities worldwide, and the opportunities that islandness presents for developing urban cultures and economies. It will also consider how and why different island cities have developed in different ways.
Keynote Speakers: Saskia Sassen, Godfrey Baldacchino, Jon Pierre, Brenda S.A. Yeoh, and Christian Wichmann Matthiessen
Deadline for Abstracts: 30 April 2014
Vernacular Religion, Folk Belief, and Traditions of the Supernatural
23-28 March 2015, Macau, China
Inspired by a similarly themed conference in Shetland in 2014, this conference considers the nature of folk belief and supernatural experience. It focuses on field trips around the tropical city-state of Macau (visiting Catholic, Taoist, and Buddhist churches, temples, and shrines and speaking with tradition bearers) before joining up with the associated conference on ‘The Supernatural in Literature and Film’ (below) for two days of conference presentations. This innovative conference format places traditions of the supernatural in a real-world context and provides deep understanding of the local situation.
Deadline for Abstracts: 30 August 2014
The Supernatural in Literature and Film
26-28 March 2015, Macau, China
Inspired by a similarly themed conference in Shetland in 2014, this conference explores the role of the supernatural in literature and film. Special focus is placed on how literary and cinematic use of the supernatural reflects and influences its societal context. From friendly ghosts to vengeful spirits, from dainty fairies to Lovecraftian horrors, from magic dragons to atomic monsters, the literary and cinematic supernatural has had an enduring influence on how we live our lives. Conference presentations will take place in association with ‘Vernacular Religion, Folk Belief, and Traditions of the Supernatural’ (above).
Deadline for Abstracts: 30 August 2014.
Two conferences in Svalbard in 2015 – more information coming soon
Within the next month, we hope to announce two additional conferences in 2015, taking place in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. These will, respectively, concern multiculturalism and the societal impact of IT and communication technology. If you would like to keep updated about these events in particular, please e-mail Adam Grydehøj at agrydehoj@islanddynamics.org for more information.

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