Final CALL FOR PAPERS History and Culture .pdf
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University of Sfax
Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences in Sfax
CALL FOR PAPERS
History & Culture in Focus
Saturday, 8th February 2014
The field of Culture Studies has become interconnected to research in Literature,
Civilization and Linguistics in such a way that researchers now not only feel the need to
involve cultural issues in their work; but they also find a great interest in doing so. The
richness of Culture Studies lies in fact in its ability to involve and question various other
issues arising from other disciplines such as Psychoanalysis, Clinical studies, Philosophy,
Epistemology and most importantly History. Questioning history and historiography has for
long been the focus of eminent world theorists and historians such as Hayden White, Howard
Zinn, Francis Fukuyama, Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault, to name only a few, as the
study of the past is a vital component of the disciplines mentioned above.
This year, the GRAD will hold a study day on the importance of Culture Studies in
Tunisian academia to assess how Tunisian researchers view and use history, historiography,
culture and the past in their research. This interest stems from the way the past shapes the
present and even the future, from the way the past exists in the present through the use of
memory and from the constant writing and rewriting of history. As George Orwell states in
his powerful novel 1984, “he who controls the present controls the past. He who controls the
past controls the future.”
Through this academic event, we hope to deal with such issues as (yet not limited to)
Modes of historiographical interpretations
Interconnectedness of history and culture
Historicity of events
The relevance of cultural history
Cultural conceptions of history
Mythology, history and culture
Culture vs. Civilization
Distinguishing levels of conceptualization/narrative in the historical work
(emplotment, chronicle, story, mode of argument, mode of ideological implication)
Memory between History and Culture
Historiography and Political Culture
The conception of Universal History
We strongly believe that the academic exchange generated by participation in and discussions
on the focus issue of our study day will leave a valuable and useful academic imprint. We also
hope to provide beneficial and future orientations to our students and future researchers in the
different fields of academic research in Tunisia.
Abstracts of 300 words should be sent to the following email address:
email@example.com before December 15th 2013. Notifications of acceptance will be
sent by January 2nd 2014.