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Rethinking Remoteness, Isolation, and Peripherality
This multidisciplinary conference critically examines the purported drawbacks and potential benefits to remoteness, isolation, and peripherality.
Remoteness, isolation, and peripherality have become lenses through which certain territories and communities are valued and assessed. These concepts have come to be regarded as markers of vulnerability, marginality, and lack of modernity.
Yet all three concepts are fundamentally relational, presume centre-
What do remoteness, isolation, and peripherality mean in practice? Who decides whether a place or a people in remote, isolated, or peripheral, and how do these determinations affect life in places that have acquired the label? Being labelled in this manner can sometimes give a community access to aid and support, but it can also pigeonhole a community into acting out its remoteness, can hinder efforts at embracing one’s own centrality. For Indigenous communities and minority nationalities located on or beyond the edge of a majority culture, an uncomfortable tension can develop between preserving local cultures and lifestyles on the one hand and performing in accordance with metropolitan and neocolonial expectations on the other. From China’s Great Western Development Strategy to Australian development efforts in Melanesia to attempts within Western liberal democracies to decentralise public administration by relocating government bodies out to ‘the provinces’, initiatives to address the disadvantages and inequalities resulting from peripherality and remoteness often mean increased political and economic dependence on a distant centre of power.
How to make attend and make a presentation.
This interdisciplinary, cross-
The extended deadline for abstracts is 30 December 2018. Abstracts will be considered on a rolling basis as they are submitted.
Yaso Nadarajah (RMIT University, Australia)
About Svaneti & Tbilisi, Georgia.
Svaneti, located in the Greater Caucasus Mountains, is the homeland of the Svan people. The conference will be held in Mestia, a village on the Inguri River in Upper Svaneti. The conference group will also travel to Ushguli, which at an altitude of 2100 meters above sea level is among the highest settlements in Europe.
Although peripheral to the great kingdoms and empires of the region, Svaneti’s control over the mountain passes made it strategically important in ancient times. Svaneti’s dramatic natural landscape of mountains, glaciers, and rivers has sculpted strong cultural traditions and contributed to the preservation of its exceptional built heritage in the form of hundreds of distinctive tower houses and scattered valley villages. As a result, Upper Svaneti was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996.
In recent years, road improvements and the opening of a small airport have greatly increased Svaneti’s accessibility, leading to an abrupt tourism boom. Svaneti is thus undergoing a period of rapid cultural and economic change.
The conference begins and ends in Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital city. Tbilsi lies on the ancient Silk Road between Asia and the Mediterranean and has long been a meeting place for cultures. Today, Tbilisi is once again positioning itself between the East and the West by seeking to harness China’s Belt and Road initiative for economic and political benefit. Delegates will explore Tbilisi’s rich historical tapestry, including its exquisite Medieval old town. We will also visit the nearby ancient city of Mtskheta, home to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Jvari Monastery.
About the conference.
Delegates should arrive in Tbilisi on 10 September to participate in a tour of Tbilisi and Mtskheta on 11 September. On 12 September, the group will travel to Mestia in Svaneti, a day-
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Convenor: Shawn M. Clankie
The deadline for early registration is 30 November, after which registration rates will rise by 500 Danish kroner. The final deadline registration is 30 May (or once the conference is full). You can register by filling out this registration form and e-
Categories of registration.
Full Registration: Covers all conference activities, meals, and accommodation from the afternoon of 10 September through the morning of 18 September 2019, including sightseeing in Tbilisi and Mtskheta. Standard registration fee: 7250 Danish kroner.
Short Registration: Covers all conference activities, meals, and accommodation from the afternoon of 11 September 2019 through the morning of 18 September, excluding sightseeing in Tbilisi and Mtskheta. Standard registration fee: 6500 Danish kroner.
If you have any questions or need help with the registration form, please contact convenor Shawn M. Clankie (email@example.com-