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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Interdisciplinary Conference - Taboo II organised by Durham University and the University of Bologna

8th September 2014, 09:00, Durham University

Building on the success of the first Taboo Conference held at the Alma mater studiorum University of Bologna in Forlì, Italy (2012), Durham University (UK) is pleased to announce a call for papers for the Taboo Conference II to be held on 8-9 September 2014.

The seemingly conflicting position of western societies’ politics of inclusion and respect for the ethnic, religious, cultural, and sexual Other is juxtaposed with an instinctive or curious fascination for or experimentation with the breaking of existing taboos, providing a stimulating backdrop for research across a wide range of academic fields. Thus, the examination of taboo reinforcement/debasement is fundamental in forward-looking, multicultural societies governed by institutions such as political correctness and cultural and personal civility.

The Centre for Intercultural Mediation, Durham University and the Department of Interpreting and Translation, Alma mater studiorum, University of Bologna jointly organize this interdisciplinary conference that seeks to explore questions related to taboos as diverse as sex, sexuality and nudity to disability, sickness and death, among others, and to showcase research into linguistic, cultural and societal taboos and their reinforcement/debasement from both an intra- and inter-cultural perspective.

We welcome individual proposals or pre-organized panels from different disciplines engaging with the following thematic areas or other areas pertaining to taboo of any form:

  • Sex and sexuality
  • Nudity
  • Death and the afterlife
  • Sickness and disability
  • Scatology/bodily fluids
  • Deformity/otherness
  • Blasphemy
  • Altered states/drug culture
  • Body modifications
  • Fat
  • Prostitution

The working language for the conference is English.

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