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The 11th ANNUAL CONFERENCE for the

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF
ENVIRONMENT, SPACE, AND PLACE

Christopher Newport University April 17-19, 2015

CONFERENCE THEME: Tidal Space(s)

Our conference theme, Tidal Spaces, is taken from the rich natural and cultural meaning rising from the interzone between land and sea. Tidal spaces constitute a milieu of interplaying natural phenomena: oceans, seas, rivers, phases of the moon, weather, seasons, geography and proximity to the Equator, the Arctic or Antarctic. Many creatures thrive as they themselves move through the plastic tidal spaces, taking advantage of the unique ecology. Others attempt to colonize these spaces but are often thwarted by this environment of continual rhythmic change. Humans have colonized some tidal spaces in places such as Holland. However, colonization is tenuous and natural disaster sometimes accompanies such attempts. A look at the fossil record just up the James River from Christopher Newport University indicates that tidal spaces themselves have moved as sea levels fluctuate with time. In addition to natural spaces, tidal spaces may symbolize shifting political, religious, and economic boundaries, constituted by their own cultural milieux. This conference will explore both natural and symbolic tidal spaces. Abstracts are welcome from all disciplines and from those who are not associated with the academy. If there is sufficient interest, IASESP will also include up to two panels of presentations via Skype.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
Archipelagos
Islands, flats and spits
Breakwaters and seawalls
Bioluminescence
Sedimentation
Sea level change
Littorals/Littoral zone
Muck/Brackish/Flotsam
Ports/Harbors/Anchorages
Piracy
Migration cycles (natural and human)
Weather cycles (El Niño/La Niña, Monsoons/Hurricanes/Tornados)
Extinction cycles
Tides of War
Economic Tides (i.e., boom/bust)
Ebb and Flow of Style (clothes, body alteration, tattooing, architecture, etc.),
Ebb and Flow of Biorhythms
Seasons of: Travel, Fashion, Farming, Fishing
Musical Rhythms/Beats
Tidelands litigation
Coastal real estate
Global shipping networks
Floating architecture
Middens
Aquaculture
Soft infrastructure
Cycles of Development
Global Tide of Development
Elevated Development
Feminist Flows and Spaces

 

Send proposals to Troy Paddock paddockt1@southernct.edu
Proposals are due February 6, 2015