*Call for papers!*
PRACTICES OF TRANSFORMATION:
THE ORGANISED CULTURAL ENCOUNTER
27- 28 October 2016
Venue: Roskilde University, Department of Communication and Arts
Professor Sarah Pink, RMIT University, Melbourne
Professor Gill Valentine, The University of Sheffield
Professor Awad Ibrahim, University of Ottawa
Professor Emma Renolds, Cardiff University
SUBMISSION OF PAPER PROPOSAL AND PRACTICAL INFORMATION
If you are interested in participating in the conference, please send an abstract (no more than 250 words) and a short biography (no more than 100 words) by 2 May to Helle Bach Riis (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Lise Paulsen Galal (email@example.com). Successful applicants will be notified by 3 June, 2016.
Organised cultural encounters (OCEs) are activities that through particular intervention strategies aim at creating transformation. They may be cultural exchange programmes, reconciliation projects, community cohesion initiatives, interfaith dialogue meetings or various projects related to integration of immigrants. These interventions are organised around differences considered to be identity formative and divisive, in particular ethnicity, religion, nationality or ‘culture’, sometimes also including other socio-cultural categories that are seen as intersecting axes of differentiation or diversity (gender, sexual orientation, class, age, (dis)ability). Setting up these kinds of encounters is a widespread practice that aims at facilitating for instance integration, tolerance and community cohesion in the context of culturally diverse societies. Thus, OCEs are invested with much hope for transformation not only of the attendees, but also in the society, societies or contexts addressed by the encounter. Organisers (implicit or explicit) lean on assumptions concerning the nature of differences, encounters and social change.