Università di Bologna at Forlì (Italy)
25-27 October 2012
In a world that seems continuously to be pushing the envelope of what is acceptable to the inhabitants of specific linguistic and cultural contexts, this interdisciplinary conference acknowledges the importance of investigating taboos and their reinforcement/breaking in various areas of language, culture and society, and across different cultures. We propose to explore the delicate balance and subtle boundaries between the need for inclusion and respect for different ethnic, religious, sexual, etc. backgrounds – which seems to be at the basis of modern multicultural societies – and a (un)conscious push towards the breaking of existing taboos, for example for shock value, as in the case of humour. In such context, investigation of the linguistic, cultural, social, institutional and personal implications of taboo reinforcement/breaking appears of extreme value. The Conference organizers welcome individual proposals or pre-organized panels from different disciplines pertaining – but by no means limited – to the following thematic areas: sex and sexuality, nudity, death and the afterlife, sickness and disability, scatology/bodily fluids, deformity/otherness, blasphemy, altered states/drug culture, body modifications, fat, prostitution etc.
The working language for The Taboo Conference is English. Each paper presentation should be scheduled for 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions. Abstracts should be submitted through the conference website http://taco2012.sitlec.unibo.it by 15 February 2012. If you are interested in submitting a panel, please contact us by the same deadline at Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in Translation, Languages and Cultures (SITLEC), University of Bologna, C.so Diaz 64, 47100 Forlì, Italy.
Notification of acceptance for both abstracts and panels will be given by 15 March 2012.