CFP: Making sense of place, ISA Yokohama, July 2014

CFP: Making sense of place

International Sociological Association Conference, Yokohama, Japan, July 13-19 2014

Session organizer: Phillip Vannini


Submission deadline: September 15, 2013

Submission: presentation title, 150 word abstract

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Place can be understood as a type of situated affect or feeling, a mode of active, sensory engagement. By making sense of place we shape how we dwell in the built and natural environment,how we understand and appreciate its sounds, sights, textures, flavors, and scents. By making sense of place we orient ourselves to speeds and rhythms, as well as to movement, rest, and encounter. Thus place is the sum total of the sensations that it gives rise to, the cumulative incorporation of those feelings carved into soils, skies, and shores, and the embodiment of its affective intensities on its dwellers.

We invite diverse empirical or theoretical contributions to this session that help us make sense of how we apprehend and shape places through all of our senses, in different worldly spaces, and in either the present or past. Ethnographic investigations are particularly welcomed.

Please note the short deadline for submissions (Sept. 15).

Phillip Vannini
Professor and Canada Research Chair
School of Communication & Culture
Royal Roads University