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20) "Melville's Architectures: Ekphrasis, Structures, and Orientations of 'the Domestic'"
Panel Chair: Rodrigo Andrés, Universitat de Barcelona
E-mail: rodrigoandres@ub.edu


One of the first semantic associations of the notion of the domestic is that of power, "for, after all, one of the derivatives of the Latin word domus is to dominate" (Chiara Briganti and Kathy Mezei / Marta Segarra) and, as Michel Foucault claimed in "The Eye of Power", "a whole history remains to be written of spaces – which would at the same time be the history of powers […] from the great strategies of geo-politics to the little tactics of the habitat". One of the valences of power is the economy, and it is relevant that the origin of the word 'economy' lies "in the Greek oikos (house) and nomos (rule, law). Homes, like all social systems "are inherently conservative" (David Stea) and, whereas homes have traditionally been understood as spaces of embryonic communities of solidarity, it is undeniable that they are also sites of ideological control demanding huge sacrifices. In Foucauldian terms, therefore, the home needs to be understood as the site of power and of resistance to that power.

This panel aims to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville's birth by analysing the relationship between structures, architectural forms, social meanings, aesthetics, and the experience of "the domestic" in Melville's novels, short stories and poetry. Paper proposals could contemplate, among other possibilities:

  • Ekphrasis and the meaning of ornamental and decorative objects  in Melville’s texts.
  • The troubled relationship between structures, furniture, and spatial orientations (Sarah Ahmed) and the familial and the familiar in Melville’s dwellings.
  • The conceptual friction between house as dwelling space and house as lineage (Mark Rifkin) in Melville’s texts.
  • The structure of the ship - frigate, whaleship, merchant ship – both as heterotopia (Michel Foucault, Cesare Casarino) and as a space of homosocialities in the maritime imagination.





Please submit all paper proposals directly to the Panel Chair using this form no later than October 15, 2018.

Panel Chairs will notify applicants of their acceptance/rejection no later than November 15, 2016.

For information on the Conference Venue see the Organizing Committee's website.

SAAS members, ASA members, and other scholars (not necessarily affiliated with any of these associations), are invited to submit proposals to the panel of their choice. Donwload this form, fill it out, and send it via email to the chair of your selected panel.

In order to present a paper, participants who are not SAAS, ASA, APEAA or HELAAS members will be required to pay a one year's membership fee (and enjoy the benefits for the following year) plus the conference fee.

Students have to become SAAS members (if they are not SAAS/ASA/APEEA/HELAAS members already) and pay 50 percent of the registration fee (60€ early bird/75€ late registration) if they wish to present a paper and/or attend the "Félix Martín" Doctoral Seminar.

Deadline: October 15, 2018

Further guideliness for participants can be found here.

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