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  • Otherness,Subjectivity and Representation

  • 21-22 October 2011 Åbo Akademi University

    Many perspectives in the humanities share a struggle with the ethnographic ambition to represent the subjectivity of 'the other' and the ethical dimension which representations of otherness always have. However, the practices of academic representation move beyond the idealized epistemological positions of on the one hand the well-known dichotomy between subjective and objective, and on the other, the emphases of critical reflection, mutuality and dialogue. Among the many and diverse ways in which 'the other' can be encountered, represented and made space for there is a grey zone embedded in the complexity of self-other relations where 'otherness' and 'alterity' prevails as a haunting and desirable shadow in our experiences of people, texts, noises, voices, bodies, images and spaces.

    This conference has the ambition of exploring the complexity embedded in representations of subjectivity and otherness, the various positions and methods that are applied, and the possible directions future research can or should take.

    Key note speakers:

    Trinh T. Minh-ha, Professor of Rhetoric and Gender & Women's Studies, Berkley, University of California

    Marsha Meskimmon, Professor, Loughborough University, School of the Arts, Leicestershire

    Kalle Pihlainen, Academy of Finland Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Åbo Akademi University

  • Conference programme

  • Conference fee: 60 euro
    The fee should be paid by the end of September 2011

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    IBAN FI1117443000001167

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