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H-ASIA July 10, 2009 Call for papers: 13th International Maharashtra Conference: , 17-19 June, 2010, Bratislava, Slovak Republic ************************************************************************* Ed. note: The previous posting of this call for papers got truncated and scrambled through inadequate reformatting. I hope this version will be more clear (and, incidentally will not modify the name of the conference organizer! FFC ------------------------------------------------------------------------- From: Lee Schlesinger <firstname.lastname@example.org> ANNOUNCEMENT Call for papers Thirteenth International Conference on Maharashtra: Culture and Society (Bratislava, 17th - 19th June 2010) It is a pleasure to invite you to participate in the "Thirteenth International Conference on Maharashtra: Culture and Society," which is to be held in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, from June 17th to 19th, 2010. The theme of the conference will be "environments" and is briefly described below. Before 15th January 2010, please email an abstract of your paper to email@example.com with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org. The abstract should not exceed 500 words and should fit the theme of the conference. The organizers reserve the right to reject unfitting abstracts. Conference fee: 200 EUR (This includes lodging for three nights, lunch and dinner for three days, and refreshments for the conference delegates.) Note: The fee may be reduced in cases of hardship. The organizers are also looking for funding to help scholars from India with travel expenses, but do not yet have any definite funding available. Therefore Indian scholars are requested to try to find funding sources of their own. Please convey this information about the conference to other scholars who are interested in Maharashtra, and encourage them to participate! If you need a hard copy of the invitation, or a personal invitation, please inform me and let me know your postal address. More details will follow. Looking forward to seeing you in Bratislava! Dusan Deak Head of the Department of Ethnology and World Studies University of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Trnava 91701 Trnava Slovakia email@example.com _____________________________________________________ Thirteenth International Conference on Maharashtra: Culture and Society (Bratislava, 17th - 19th June 2010) Theme: Environments Research is never carried out in a vacuum. Too often, though, we focus exclusively on the main topic of our research, forgetting that it exists (with)in rich and varying sets of relations. Clusters of these relations may be conceived in terms of variously appearing environments around the topics of our research. The goal of the thirteenth conference will be to address these environments. The idea of looking around rather than at is proposed in order to judge the significance of the relations that surround the "thing" that we look at (in other words, the environments composed of variously related parts, layers, etc.) rather than the sought "thing" itself. Often an academic focus falls on particulars, and because what is around is often overlooked or misplaced, many relations seem neglected. The proposed change of perspective asks those who research Maharashtrian culture and society to concentrate on what surrounds those many little/great things/people/processes etc. that we meet while studying Maharashtra, and on the effects of the surrounding environments on these objects of study and also on us as observers, analysts, or interpreters. What surrounds can be called, perhaps, environment (parisar), but can also more broadly be thought of as environments--people, spaces, places, things, etc., without the notion of nature/culture dichotomy--the term that we have chosen as central to this conference. Yet it perhaps can be called surroundings (sabhovar, sabhovatal), surrounding atmosphere (vatavaran) or network (jale), or even world (lok), condition (paristhiti) or context (sandarbha). (Moreover, speaking historically, what surrounds may be also conceived in other than Marathi and English terms, not only in Persian, Arabic, or Urdu--e.g., environment /muhit/, surroundings /atraf/, surrounding atmosphere /faza/ or network /silsila/silsila/, or even world /dunya/duniya/, condition /hal/--but also in Kannada and Telugu, and yet can remain within the environments of Maharashtra.) What surrounds is not necessarily determined only by time, space or form. It seems to be around in many other ways. By being around, nearby, or close, it relates to one another all its parts that we may choose to explore. By addressing the environments around the "things" that research usually conceives as its subjects, we may perhaps succeed in breaking through the common assumptions often found in academic perceptions and discover more of what creates or shapes these perceptions. Conference participants are invited to reframe one or more of their particular research problems in terms of the environments where they find the problem(s) located. Consequently, the conference will not focus upon any single problem or a single set of problems. The participant scholars should explore the environments of whatever it is that they research--whether these include the ideas, texts, beliefs, practices, rituals, processes, even political movements or social and economic structures that relate to spiritual and intellectual achievements, or the products and materials of daily use, the houses and architecture, the clothes, fine art, places, spaces, or natural conditions that relate to cultural life or social history. Scholars, mainly from the fields of social sciences and humanities, are invited to relate any aspect of Maharashtrian culture and society to the conference theme. We also welcome those who would like to examine culturally relevant theoretical approaches to environments. The conference aims to explore a wide range of the environments that affect the common perceptions of people and their culture in Maharashtra, as well as the environments that affect the perceptions of scholars who study Maharashtra, and aims to understand how environments work and what they mean. In this way we hope that we may come to know Maharashtra, its culture and society, differently than we usually think we can. DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: 15 January 2010. Send to: Dusan Deak <firstname.lastname@example.org> and Anne Feldhaus <Anne.Feldhaus@asu.edu> ----- Original Message ----- Frank Conlon <email@example.com> wrote Lee Schlesinger <firstname.lastname@example.org> on 06/29/2009 (6:45:39 PM -0400): Well, not much I can do on replacing the post, but it left me with his name spelled out. I had a hell of time trying to convert what you sent me into something readable--lots of odd formatting. If you can prepare a clean plain text copy, please do so and send it to me, I just can't invest any more time in that project just now, but will be happy to repost a cleaned up version. Frank