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Changing Times, changing exchanges,  5-7 December 2012, Tunisia

Department of English Fourth International Conference, Institut Supérieur des Sciences Humaines de Tunis (ISSHT),  Université Tunis El-Manar

The 2011 Tunisian Revolution, the first in the 21st century and different by many standards, is a global event. It puzzled, thrilled, shocked and destabilised individuals, peoples and states. Its domino effect is ongoing and its geopolitical, diplomatic, socio-economic and military  implications are still unfolding. It is changing times, affecting interests, forcing new agendas and generating new rules of exchange. Components of regional and international relations are being redefined. The revolution (s) is showing concealed vulnerabilities and fragilities here and apparently dormant and powerful counter-hegemonic forces of change there. The revolution(s) is undoubtedly providing people with a new sense of themselves and status.Prevailing frames of reference and theoretical assumptions are under pressure. There is indeed an urgent need to rethink some explanatory frameworks and discourses.

This is an interdisciplinary conference on timely and pressing themes which will allow the conference participants to address issues which affect the real world today and engage with many of the already prevailing questions, theoretical constructs and discourses.

Potential contributors are invited to submit papers on topics including (but by no means limited to): 

- The Tunisian revolution(s) capacity to break with the past and its global character

- Its comparability to recent/past revolutions/similar events in terms of motivations, ideologies, participants, targets, modes of action and responses of political authorities?

- Historical, literary, discursive, sociological,  political and journalistic representations of the revolution(s)?

- The advent of a post-Tunisian revolution world?

-  Tunisia/North Africa and the English-speaking world: history of encounters, relations, prospects of change and exchange

- Alienation, exclusion, anger, protest, dissidence, fear, violence, political action

- Gender : roles and politicisation

- Identities

- Reflections on language, culture and literature in times of revolutions.

We are interested in receiving abstracts for twenty-minute papers in the areas of history, cultural studies, literature, sociology, philosophy, comparative studies and politics amongst others.

Deadline for abstracts: April 1st, 2012

Notification of abstract acceptance : April 15, 2012

Abstracts should be 250-300 words long and include affiliation and a short biography


Your contacts for the conference are: adel.manai@gmail.com  &  samiramechri@yahoo.com

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