[H-verkko] CFP: Human Faces of Power, Turku 10-12th September 2009

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Human Faces of Power, Turku 10-12th September 2009

CALL FOR PAPERS - deadline 13th of February 2009

Power is a complex and multidimensional phenomenon that goes beyond
overt and institutionalized frameworks and encompasses the individual
conduct of negotiations and disputes. Informal and invisible power
structures are of the utmost importance in maintaining, transforming
and challenging formally recognized power relations.

The Conference Human Faces of Power, to be held at the University of
Turku, Finland, will focus on the ubiquitous power relations that are
not merely institutionalized forms of communication, but which inform
and are manifested in everyday contacts between individuals, groups
and organizations. In analyzing these contacts it is essential to
recognize a diverse range of micro-strategies for empowerment and

The organizers of the conference Human Faces of Power welcome
scholars to explore theoretical and methodological aspects of power
relations within a historical perspective. The Conference will be
tenth in the series of methodological conferences, organized by the
Department of History and the Department of Contemporary History at
the University of Turku, Finland.

The three-day conference will consist of lectures by keynote speakers
(to be announced) and thematic sessions in which individual papers
will be presented and discussed. Sessions are organized in time slots
of max. 105 minutes; in each time slot up to four papers may be
presented. The conference will be conducted in English.
Call for Papers

Scholars wishing to propose a paper are asked to send an abstract in
English, not exceeding 300 words. The abstract should include the
name and contact information of the speaker, the title of the paper,
a description of the topic and a summary of its relevance to one of
the sessions or to the main theme of the conference. In addition,
please include a short cv. Proposals should be sent by 13 February
2009 to the e-mail address or postal address given below. In March
2009, the organizing committee will announce which papers have been

Papers focusing on the themes of the sessions may be preferred.
However, even proposals for other themes for papers and suggestions
for complete additional sessions are welcome.
Titles of Sessions
    * Caring Power
    * Cinematic Practices of Power
    * Defining, Selecting and Representing - Power Embedded in the
Production of Knowledge
    * From Uniform to Unity
    * From the Man in the Street to the President - How is Foreign
Policy Shaped?
    * Institutional Change in Globalization
    * Power of the Media
    * Subordination, Cooperation, Resistance: Power Relations in
Medieval and Early Modern Households

In addition to the above-mentioned session themes, papers can focus
on the following themes:

    * Gendered exercise of power
    * Consumer culture
    * Power in media culture
    * Micro-economy
    * Lobbying and activism
    * Citizens and power from democracy to totalitarianism
    * Lived environment and planning
    * Subversive use of rhetoric and symbols of power
    * Power of science
    * Ethnic relations
    * Historical knowledge and power

Contact information
e-mail: histconf [at] utu.fi

postal address:
Turku X methodological conference / Cultural History
School of History
Sirkkala Building

More information about the conference is available at

Ilmoituksen lähetti: Anu Lahtinen <histconfPOISTATAMA at utu.fi>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 14.02.2009
Lisätietoja WWW-osoitteesta: http://histconf.utu.fi