31 August – 3 September 2022
LIMITING SPACES: THE ATTRIBUTION OF SPATIAL MEANING THROUGH THE CREATION OF BOUNDARIES
**Deadline for submission: February 10th 2022**
Keywords: spatial perception, spatial materiality, liminality, boundaries, borders, spatial concepts
This session aims to explore the liminal qualities of spaces deriving from human= interaction with the surrounding environment. By inhabiting/occupying/frequenting/building spaces, humans attribute meaning to them, setting them apart from others and creating boundaries. The creation of meaningful= places is thus inseparable from their delimitation through a variety of methods that go from identifying specific intrinsic spatial properties, to the construction of built architecture.
A boundary or border may be perceived through a change in the materiality of space (e.g. solid earth vs. water vs. air); the erection of surrounding walls bears the conceptual distinction between an “inside” and an “outside”, while architectural changes affect the very features of space through the use of light and darkness as well as of different materials. For instance, a space filled with water or sand may not be intended as a place for the living, but such spatial features may instead be perceived as delimiting, defining and spatially identifying a border beyond which other entities – be it gods, spirits and the dead – have their place. Tightly connected with the concept of border is that of the material and/or immaterial passageway devised to go across, from one space into the next. Considering that beyond every border lies a different kind of space, we are interested in the types of spatial properties attributed to them, may it affect particular activities or even time itself.
We encourage the participants to propose reflections on spatial properties as border-creating features; the role of built architecture in characterizing and defining the space within it – and its ability to transform its spatial properties; the function of gates, doors and thresholds in transitioning between spaces with different properties.
In the hopes of comparing spatial concepts from a global perspective, we welcome contributions on all premodern cultures.
**How to submit a contribution**
One person may submit two contributions as a main (i.e., presenting and contact) author. Contribution may have up to 10 co-authors (incl. main author). The title may have max. 20 words and abstract min. 150 words and max. 300 words.
The presentation should not exceed 15 minutes.
There is no limit of contributions you will co-author but we cannot guarantee they will not overlap in the programme.
Proposing an oral or poster contribution can only be done via online submission form available at https://eaa.klinkhamergroup.com/eaa2022/. Current and past EAA members can log in using their EAA credentials (EAA ID, username, password). For assistance with retrieving credentials, please contact the EAA Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure that all personal information is up-to-date before submitting your proposal. Please do not create a new account in case you had one in the past! New members need to sign up for EAA account first at www.e-a-a.org. You will find your EAA ID in your profile (under Membership > My EAA Membership, when signed in at EAA website). As presenter (first = main = presenting author), you can either pay your membership fees upon signing up or at any time before 21 April 2022 when registering for the Annual Meeting at www.e-a-a.org/eaa2022/registration. Please note that all delegates (organisers / presenters / speakers / listeners) must be current (2022) EAA members and pay the conference registration fee. Co-authors, who do not attend the conference, do not have to pay anything.
The person who is submitting the contribution is considered the first – main – presenting author. One person may present two contributions as first author. Maximum number of authors is ten, incl. the main author. No exceptions are possible. If you are involved in more than two contributions as co-authors we cannot guarantee that these presentations will not be scheduled during the same time slot
More information at: https://www.e-a-a.org/eaa2022